20 November 2019

Deception Bay families can now access new and improved child health and development services on their doorstep with the official opening of Children’s Health Queensland’s latest community child health hub today.

The bigger and better ‘one-stop child health shop’ at 661-675 Deception Bay Road will play a vital role in giving every local child the best possible start in life.

The centre, officially opened by the Minister for Health Steven Miles, brings together a variety of primary health and specialist services dedicated to helping children and families live healthier lives.

Children’s Health Queensland Chief Executive Frank Tracey said the hub offers the important community child health services available previously, including health surveillance and screening, early feeding drop-in clinics and parent support groups alongside new services such as hearing screening and four-five year developmental screening clinics.

“The expanded facility will also offer specialist child developmental services for the first time in Deception Bay, providing convenient local access to a multi-disciplinary team of developmental and behavioural paediatricians, dietitians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, psychologists, social workers and speech pathologists,” said Mr Tracey.

Children’s Health Queensland is currently working with Metro North Hospital and Health Service to introduce maternity services to the site in early 2020, thereby enabling midwives and child health nurses to work closer together and offer families and children seamless and better integrated care.

Mr Tracey said the Deception Bay Hub was designed to accommodate the health care needs of local children now and into the future as the population in the Deception Bay region grows.

“We are committed to collaborating and working in partnership with key stakeholders across the health, social care and education systems to improve health outcomes for children and young people in the region,” said Mr Tracey.

“The Deception Bay Child Health Service also works with a number of local organisations to provide enhanced support programs to families through schools, libraries, charities, and community groups.

“These partnerships are central to our goal of building a more holistic approach to children and young people’s health and wellbeing to ensure they can reach their full potential.”

The new facility replaces the old Deception Bay Child Health Clinic previously located Shop 69A Market Square Deception Bay Shopping Centre.

For more information about the services community health and support services visit
www.childrens.health.qld.gov.au/service-child-health.