When a baby is born all parents receive an important book to record their child’s health, growth, development and immunisation. This has been commonly known as the ‘blue book’. From November 2011 this book will be green and called My Health and Development Record.
My Health and Development Record is given to you at the birth of your baby while you are still in hospital. It is an important record of your baby’s health, growth and development throughout their early years of their life.
It is designed for you to keep and to record your child’s milestones, health, growth, development and immunisations throughout their childhood.
My Health and Development Record allows you to add in personalised details about your child's development and provides space for photos and plastic sleeves for important documents.
Information will be added to My Health and Development Record, at each of your Maternal and Child Health consultations and other appointments.
Important information will be given to you by a range of medical professionals, so please remember to take the book with you when you go to:
- the maternal and child health nurse
- immunisation appointments
- the local doctor or other health professionals
- the hospital or emergency department
- the dentist
- a community health centre
- a childcare centre, kindergarten, or school.
If your family need help with English, contact a telephone interpreter on (13 14 50).