Centre for Children’s Health and Wellbeing

The Centre for Children’s Health and Wellbeing (CCHW) is a statewide specialised service within the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service (CHQ HHS). Our vision is for the “best possible health for every child and young person, in every family, in every community in Queensland” and is driven by the core value of family-centred care.

CCHW focuses on protecting and promoting the health and wellbeing of Queensland’s children via life-course approaches, an ecological model and addressing the risk and protective factors on long-term health outcomes for children.

By utilising an ecological perspective, CCHW recognises that children exist within the context of relationships, families, environments, communities, societies and policies. CCHW focuses on each of these layers to promote the optimal health and wellbeing of children.

The CCHW aims to work in partnership across the healthcare continuum, government sectors and non-government organisations in recognising that:

  • The first five years last a lifetime.
  • Children are born ready to learn.
  • Families, communities and environments matter.
  • Investing in the early years of life provides the greatest return on the dollar.

The centre is leading the community capacity building component of the Primary School Nurse Health Readiness Program. Our role in this project is to provide support to a number of Queensland regions identified using the Australian Early Development Census, along with population level data. These communities include: Logan, Caboolture, Ipswich, Laidley, Somerset, South Burnett, Gympie, Bundaberg, Hervey Bay, Townsville and the Burdekin.

Children in these regions may be developmentally at risk for a wide range of reasons and the role of CCHW is to work in partnership with communities to value-add to the existing school readiness efforts.

CCHW does not provide clinical services, but where possible facilitates links and relationships between health, education and community groups.

Contact us

The Centre for Children’s Health and Wellbeing
Level 9
199 Grey Street
South Brisbane QLD 4101

t: 07 3310 7704
e: CCHW@health.qld.gov.au