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New to Perth

PostPosted: Mon 11 Mar, 2013 8:34 pm
by Proudmum

My partner, 6 month old boy and I have just immigrated to Australia from the UK. We are living temporarily in Port Kennedy, South of Perth.

Does anyone have any information or advice for me about local services or groups?

I am keen to find out where to go to get my baby weighed, if I have to register with a doctor and where I can go to meet other moms and babes.

Thanks very much!


Re: New to Perth

PostPosted: Tue 12 Mar, 2013 7:18 pm
by NgalaOnline
Hi ProudMum

Welcome to Australia! I do hope that you settle in well and enjoy the beautiful weather that Perth has to offer. Moving to a new country away from family and supports can be quite overwhelming for many people, especially when combined with also being new parents and adjusting to parenthood. It is very wise of you to look for new connections and ways to reduce any feelings of social isolation.

The details for your local Child Health Nurse can be found here: ... it_ID=2167

The next scheduled health nurse check for your baby would be at eight months of age, but it would be a good idea to make contact with your child health nurse now and let her know your situation as she may be a great resource for connecting you into other local services. Some child health nurses have a scale in their waiting room that mothers are able to drop in to do spot checks on their baby's weight. Many pharmacies and chemists also have baby clinics with a nurse during a session each week, so it may be worth enquiring at your local pharmacies. It is important to know that the nurses doing pharmacy clinics do not always hold qualifications in child health.

You do not need to register with one specific doctor and are able to visit any doctor that you wish to, however some GP clinics can be full and may not be taking on new clients so you may like to ring the medical clinics around your local area to see if they are taking new clients at this time. If you know other mums of young children in the local area they may be able to give you a recommendation as to who is good with children.

The following internet forum is often used as a place where Perth mums (including a lot of newly arrived families) seek fellow parents for playdates and friendships. The forum also provides some information about local playgroups and various services around Perth:

Playgroups WA can be another good source of information regarding local playgroups:

The Australian Breastfeeding Association runs local groups where parents and babies or children meet, and where breastfeeding support is available. Contact information for your local group can be obtained from the Australian Breastfeeding Association helpline on 1800 686 268. Many churches and community recreation centres also offer playgroups or programs for parents and babies so these may be worth investigating. Ngala also offers coffee mornings for parents on Wednesday mornings. It may be best to contact Rockingham Ngala to confirm these details before attending as there can occasionally be changes to schedules and programs being offered: ... Rockingham

I hope that this information has been helpful. Please call the Ngala helpline if you would like more support. I hope that settling into life in Perth is enjoyable for you and your family.

Re: New to Perth

PostPosted: Tue 12 Mar, 2013 8:09 pm
by Proudmum
Thank you so much for this very detailed and helpful reply!!

Kind regards,


Re: New to Perth

PostPosted: Tue 12 Mar, 2013 8:13 pm
by NgalaOnline
You are very welcome Joanne.