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Useful websites for parents

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Raising Children

Raising Children provides ad-free parenting videos, articles and apps backed by Australian experts.  There’s movie reviews through to mental health resources.

URL: https://raisingchildren.net.au/

Beyond Blue

Beyond Blue is a fantastic organisation that has many free resources to help young children as well as parents through tough times.  There’s also great articles that cover resilience building, healthy places, online forums, health professional directories and more.

Beyond Blue has a great Mental Health Checklist that aims to measure a broad range of social, emotional or behavioral difficulties your child may be experiencing. It’s suitable for kids aged four to 16.

URL: https://www.beyondblue.org.au/who-does-it-affect/children 

Parenting Research Centre

Parenting Research Centre is an independent, non-profit research and development organisation focused on supporting parents through the development of resources, programs and policies based on scientific evidence.

URL: https://www.parentingrc.org.au/ 

Car Seats Save Lives

A Resource to help parents and carers keep children safe in cars.  You might also want to checkout Starting Out Safely is about children, parents, carers and early childhood educators working together to guide children’s learning in being and becoming safe and independent road users.

URL: https://carseatssavelives.com.au/ 

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

The NDIS can provide all people with disability with information and connections to services in their communities such as doctors, sporting clubs, support groups, libraries and schools, as well as information about what support is provided by each state and territory government.

URL: https://www.ndis.gov.au/ 

Gidget Foundation Australia

Gidget Foundation Australia is a not for profit organisation supporting the emotional wellbeing of expectant and new parents to ensure that those in need receive timely, appropriate and supportive care

URL: https://gidgetfoundation.org.au/ 

Kidsafe Australia

Kidsafe is an independent, charitable organisation dedicated to the prevention of unintentional death and serious injury to children aged 0 – 15 years.

URL: https://kidsafe.com.au/ 

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC)

SNAICC is the national voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.  SNAICC  have developed practical tools, resources and information.  They have sharing examples of innovation, good practice and critical support ensuring children maintain strong connection to their community, Country and culture.

URL: https://www.snaicc.org.au/

Mens line Australia

This is a national support service for men with family and relationship concerns. Online counselling is available on the website through online chat, video chat and a phone hotline.

URL: https://mensline.org.au/ 

Australian Breastfeeding Association
Tresillian

24-hour information and counselling for parents or carers of children under 5 years

URL: https://www.tresillian.org.au/

Red Nose

This organisation works to prevent infant deaths through research and public education. The website has evidence-based information on topics like safe sleeping, as well as links to bereavement support services.

URL: https://rednose.org.au/

Relationships Australia (NSW)

Offers a range of relationship support services, including counselling, dispute resolution and relationship education programs.

URL: https://www.relationshipsnsw.org.au/

PANDA

PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia) provides confidential information, support and referral to anyone affected by perinatal anxiety and depression, including partners and extended family member

URL: https://www.panda.org.au/

Relationships online

On this Australian Government website you can find information about family relationships and links to support services. You can also visit A Family Relationship Centre, or call the Family Relationship Advice Line.

URL: https://www.familyrelationships.gov.au/

PBS Parents

This website has information and advice for parents about child development from birth through to the early school years.

URL: https://www.pbs.org/parents

Health Direct

Healthdirect provides health information and advice online and over the phone. The website provides links to health resources from trusted Australian organisations. Or phone 1800 022 222 and speak to a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

URL: https://www.healthdirect.gov.au/babies-and-toddlers-health

Women's and Children's Health Network

A resource for parents and caregivers on everything related to the health and development of children

URL: http://www.cyh.com/SubDefault.aspx?p=98

Pregnancy, Birth And Baby

This is a free, national, 24-hour helpline offering information, advice and counselling about all aspects of pregnancy, birth and your baby’s first year.

URL: https://www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au/

Support For Grandparents

This section of the Department of Human Services website has information about support for grandparents and carers who raise and care for children.

URL: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/subjects/support-non-parent-carers

Family And Relationships Online - For Grandparents

On this webpage you can find links to services and resources to support you in your role as a carer

URL: https://www.familyrelationships.gov.au/separation/grandparents

Covid-19 Support

NSW Government

Get the latest Covid-19 information relating to Education and Childcare from the NSW Government

URL: https://www.nsw.gov.au/covid-19/education/schools-and-childcare

Health NSW

COVID-19 Resources for young people their parents/carers and healthcare workers

URL: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au

Black Dog Institute

Feelings of anxiety are common in the uncertainty of COVID-19. Black Dog Institute’s tools and resources can be accessed by anyone, anywhere to help deal with this stress.

URL: https://www.blackdoginstitute.org.au

World Health Organization (WHO)

Working with our partners, WHO will bring you content to help open the world of isolation. Watch out for resources and ideas to support parents and projects that will engage children in understanding the coronavirus, the challenges it brings to their world and what can be done to protect them.

URL: https://www.who.int

Lifeline

Lifeline exists to ensure that no person in Australia has to face their darkest moments alone.  Lifeline are available 24 hours a day to listen, without judgement to any person in Australia who is feeling overwhelmed, experiencing crisis or longs to be heard.  You can contact Lifeline via phone, txt msg or live chat.

URL: https://www.lifeline.org.au/

Early Learning

Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

ACECQA is the national body that guides and reports on the NQF (National Quality Framework), while regulatory authorities in each state and territory are responsible for its implementation.

URL: https://www.acecqa.gov.au/

Child Care Subsidy

Everything you need to know about CCS, including eligibility and how to apply

URL: https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/individuals/services/centrelink/child-care-subsidy

Starting blocks

Provides parents with information about early childhood education and care. Created by Australian Children’s education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA)

URL: https://www.startingblocks.gov.au

Learning Potential

Learning Potential houses heaps of useful articles on helping parents support their children’s learning.  Catering to babies through to High School age.  Learning Potential has a convenient App in the App Store and Google Play.

URL: https://www.learningpotential.gov.au/ 

Our Local Community

Newy With Kids

Provides information to families in the Newcastle and Hunter regions about local event and organisations, including playgrounds, kid-friendly cafes, school holiday activities, kids’ concerts, parenting services or family events.

URL: https://newywithkids.com.au/ 

Hunter Community Hub

Hunter Community Hub’s website directory is a great way to find services in the community. HCH is now expanding to provide clever and innovative ways of working with disadvantaged communities especially those with disabilities.

URL: https://huntercommunityhub.org/ 

Hunter Multicultural Communities

Provide social support and community programs for CALD, Multicultural communities and their carers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.

URL: https://huntermulticultural.org.au/about-the-hmc/

HUNTER Hunter

Explore the coastal lifestyle, quality coffee, cocktails & tasty eats that Newcastle has to offer.

URL: https://www.hunterhunter.com.au/ 

Visit Lake Mac

What to see and do around Lake Macquarie

URL: https://www.visitlakemac.com.au/see-and-do 

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