The Department of Health WA offers health and development checks, immunisation advice and support to families with young children. Community Health provides a range of free services to support families to raise happy, healthy children. We’ve got the lowdown on purple book appointments and where to find your nearest child health centre.

What is a purple book?

The Purple Book is a free, parent-held child health record, provided by WA Health to every child at birth, usually at the maternity hospital.

  • The book helps parents keep a record of their child’s health and development from birth to school entry, in partnership with child health nurses and other health professionals.
  • If you’ve lost your book or are new to the state, you can get a copy from your local child health nurse.

The purple book will help you keep a record of your baby’s health, growth and when they learn new skills.

Purple Book Appointments

All families have five purple book appointments with their community child health nurse at:

  • 0-14 days
  • 8 weeks
  • 4 months
  • 12 months
  • 2 years.

It’s important that you see the community child health nurse at these key ages to check your child’s health and development.

How can I make a purple book appointment?

If you’ve just had your baby, a community child health nurse will contact you to arrange your first appointment.

  • This appointment will probably be at your home before your baby is 14 days old.
  • The nurse will also book in your 8-week appointment during this visit.

Perth metropolitan area

If you live in the Perth metropolitan area and your child is due for a Purple Book health check, you can make an appointment up to eight weeks in advance.
Simply call 1300 749 869 or register for an appointment.

Child Health Centres

Child health centres are staffed by experienced registered nurses with qualifications in child and family health.

They provide a range of services in partnership with parents and carers of babies and young children up to the age of four years.

Child health nurses can assess a child’s health and development, as well as provide information about many aspects of parenting, maternal, family health and healthy lifestyles.

Where’s my nearest Child Health Centre?

Alfred Cove Child Health Centre

Address: 1 Lambert Street, Alfred Cove – Phone: (08) 9330 2518

Bicton Child Health Centre

Address: 294 Canning Highway, Bicton – Phone: (08) 9339 1740

Brentwood Child Health Centre

Address: 49 Moolyeen Rd, Brentwood – Phone: (08) 9364 4418

East Fremantle Child Health Centre

Address: 44 Moss Street, East Fremantle – Phone: (08) 9319 2384

Hilton Child Health Centre

Address: 3/34 Paget St, Hilton – Phone: (08) 6332 0100

Jess Thomas Child Health Care Centre

Address: 27 March St, Spearwood – Phone: (08) 9418 3950

Kardinya Child Health Centre

Address: 18 Ochiltree Way, Kardinya – Phone: (08) 9337 7826

Leeming Child Health Centre

Address: 17 Meharry Rd, Leeming – Phone: (08) 9310 3615

Meerilinga Children and Family Centre

Address: 219 Winterfold Road, Coolbellup – Phone: (08) 9331 2211

Willagee Child Health Centre

Address: 41 Winnacott Street, Willagee – Phone: (08) 9337 8187

If you can’t find a centre near you in the list above, please have a look at the Child Health Centre Locations to find your nearest one.

You can find more information to support you with your child’s development, as well as your postpartum journey, at Child Health Resources.

Melville Mums
Author: Melville Mums