Local councils provide advice, information and immunisation services. Contact your local council immunisation service to find out where vaccinations are administered in your local area. Use the to find the contact details for your local council.
Specialist support services
Support for vulnerable children
Child and family information, referral and support teams (Child FIRST) provide support and assistance to vulnerable children, young people and their families where there are concerns about the wellbeing of the child or young person.
Child FIRST provides a central referral point to a range of community-based family services and other supports within each of the Child FIRST catchment areas.
Child FIRST ensures that vulnerable children, young people and their families are linked to relevant services. It is an effective way to connect children, young people and their families to the services they need.
Refugees and asylum seekers
Refugee and asylum seeker health services
The Refugee Health Program operates in community health centres with high numbers of newly arrived refugees and/or asylum seekers. The program is delivered by nurses, allied health professionals, interpreters and bicultural workers. Refugee health nurses conduct initial health screening, facilitate access to general practice and specialist healthcare, and provide case management, education and nursing care. They also refer clients to other support services, such as housing and employment services.
Asylum seekers can access special arrangements to use Victorian public health and community services. These arrangements include free access to public hospitals, ambulance services in emergency situations, community health services, dental services and catch-up immunisations, and priority access to community health services. More information is available at .
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASCR) with locations in Footscray and Dandenong supports people who are in the process of, or waiting to apply for a protection visa in Australia. The ASRC provides the following services: food, healthcare, legal aid, employment support, English tuition, access to study and training, counselling and access to sport and recreation. More information and service locations are on the ASRC website.
Cabrini Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub
The Asylum Seeker and Refugee Health Hub at Cabrini Health provides access to a range of health services for people seeking asylum and newly arrived refugees, including immunisation.
Services for Aboriginal people
Support for Aboriginal children in kindergarten
Koorie engagement support officers support Aboriginal families to access services and supports to ensure the best start in life for Aboriginal children, from birth to school completion.
They provide advice and practical support to services that provide funded kindergarten programs.
They build the capacity of these services, deliver programs that are respectful of the cultural beliefs and practices of Aboriginal children by:
- increasing and enhancing the Aboriginal children's participation in kindergarten
- promoting the values of kindergarten programs within Aboriginal families and communities
- promoting cultural awareness and providing access to relevant resources for the delivery of all kindergarten programs.
Healthcare and support for Aboriginal people
Aboriginal community-controlled organisations (ACCO) and Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations (ACCHO) are good starting points for getting to know Aboriginal people and the community in your area.
They can provide knowledge and links to expertise in the Aboriginal community, and they can support you in learning more about Aboriginal culture.
Parents and carers may wish to contact their local Aboriginal organisation to ask about local immunisation services.
Aboriginal community-controlled health organisations
Aboriginal community controlled organisations
Organisation Address Phone Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation Family Violence Prevention & Legal Service (Vic) 292 Hoddle St, Abbotsford (03) 9244 3333 Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place Ltd 3 Croydon Way, Croydon (03) 9725 2166 Elizabeth Hoffman House Aboriginal Women's Services Inc Fairfield (03) 9482 5744 Margaret Tucker Hostel for Girls Inc 113 Perry Street, Fairfield (03) 9482 1161 Healesville Indigenous Community Services Association 1 Badger Creek Rd, Healesville (03) 5962 2940 Victorian Aboriginal Community Services Association Limited 496 High Street, Northcote (03) 9416 4266 Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency
340 Bell Street, Preston (03) 9287 8800 Songlines Music Aboriginal Corporation 48-56 Mary Street, Preston (03) 9471 2939 Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service 273 High Street, Preston 1800 064 865 Framlingham Aboriginal Trust 42 Kirrae Avenue, Purnim (03) 5567 1000 Aborigines Advancement League Inc 2 Watt Street, Thornbury (03) 9480 7777
Reviewed 24 September 2018