Ellen Barron Family Centre

The Ellen Barron Family Centre (EBFC) is a state-wide facility, providing parenting support to families. We offer a number of inpatient programs for families with children aged from birth to a child’s third birthday. Our service helps families with:

  • responsive Settling
  • responsive Feeding
  • breast feeding
  • bottle feeding
  • child development and behaviour
  • general parenting.

Who can access this service?

The Ellen Barron Family Centre offers support for families with children aged from birth to a child’s third birthday (age 0-3).

Catchment area

Families living in Queensland, northern New South Wales and the Northern Territory are eligible to access the Ellen Barron Family Centre’s services. Catchment area restrictions apply.

Do I need a referral?

You will need a formal referral to access this service.

How do I get a referral?

To be admitted to the Ellen Barron Family Centre families will need a referral from one of the following health professionals:

  • Child and Youth Community Health Service professionals e.g. child health nurses
  • general practitioners
  • paediatricians
  • allied health professionals e.g. psychologists and social workers
  • Other health/community service professionals.

Other referral information

Ongoing support and intervention from local community services (i.e. Child and Youth Community Health) is encouraged prior to admission to the Ellen Barron Family Centre. An Ellen Barron Family Centre referral template must be completed by one of the above-mentioned health professionals.

Information for health professionals

The Ellen Barron Family Centre (EBFC) is a tertiary level residential facility. We provide a multi-disciplinary, specialist child health service to families who require support with building practical skills and confidence in parenting.

Referral instructions

Engagement with Child and Youth Community Health Services is an important part of the pre-referral support process.

A referral template has been designed to provide our Intake Team with relevant and detailed information. This allows us to make an informed decision concerning each family’s requirements.

Information included must detail all levels of intervention and support services accessed prior to the referral being made. In order for our Intake Team to make an informed assessment, we require all referrals to provide comprehensive information. This enables our team to gain an accurate understanding of every family’s needs.

Once a referral is received, families are generally notified within 10 working days regarding the Intake Team’s decision.

Useful links

Australian Breastfeeding Association
Beyond Blue
Immunise Australia Program
Kids Help Line
Kidsafe Queensland
Lactation Consultants (LCANZ)
Parent Line
Raising Children Network
Red Nose

This service is available at

Ellen Barron Family Centre
The Prince Charles Hospital campus

Staib Road
QLD 4032
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Postal address

Ellen Barron Family Centre
c/- The Prince Charles Hospital
Rode Road
QLD 4032

Contact details

t: 07 3139 6500
07 3139 6555

Operating hours

Monday to Thursday, 8am-5pm and Friday, 8am-4.30pm.

Admission days, times and length of stay vary depending on the program a family is accepted into.

If you require child health-related telephone advice, contact 13 HEALTH (13 432584) and ask for the Child Health Line.


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