Earlier this month the Victorian Government announced the planned locations of three new Infant, Child and Family Health and Wellbeing hubs.
These hubs will act as a one-stop shop for infants, children and families, providing a range of specialist and allied health services, such as paediatricians, psychologists, parenting support and speech pathologists, under a single roof.
The hubs will deliver earlier and better outcomes for children aged 0-11 years who have developmental, behavioural and emotional challenges, as well as their families. This includes access to free assessments for developmental issues including autism.
The three new hubs will service the Southern Melbourne, Brimbank-Melton, and Loddon areas and are expected to begin providing services from July 2022.
These hubs deliver on a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System, responding to the need for a renewed focus on early intervention and age-appropriate care to meet development and mental health challenges in younger children.
The hubs are part of the Victorian Government’s record $3.8 billion investment in thee 2021-22 State Budget to kickstart vital mental health and wellbeing reforms that will give Victorians access to the treatment and care they need closer to where they live.
Reviewed 21 April 2022