Do you have a baby or young child and require some information on the health services available to residents in The City of Gold Coast?
This guide is not intended to replace any form of medical or otherwise trained advice – it’s here to help you find some services to get assistance when you want it.
Only general information is supplied to ensure accuracy of the information provided. Please contact the service provider directly to confirm contact details and operating hours, as these can change without notice.
Drop In Clinics
The Queensland Government operates free services for post natal care and health screening including weigh and measure, health advice and referrals if required. They operate in the Community Child Health Centres in the following suburbs: Broadbeach, Bundall, Coomera, Helensvale, Labrador, Nerang, Palm Beach, Robina and Southport.
The Queensland Centre for Mothers and Babies operates two drop in centres at North Gold Coast Early Years Centre (Community Child Health – Nerang) and Upper Coomera Child Health Centre.
The Gold Coast Council operates free immunisation clinics for National Immunisation Program Schedule Qld (NIPSQ) vaccinations. You can also arrange some non-schedule vaccinations with the payment of a fee – check the web link for further information. The clinics are in the suburbs of Ashmore, Bundall, Burleigh Heads, Burleigh Waters, Carrara, Elanora, Gaven, Helensvale, Mermaid Beach, Nerang, Ormeau, Oxenford, Palm Beach, Robina, Runaway Bay and Southport. There are also two evening clinics at Bundall and Burleigh Heads.
Pharmacies with Baby/Child Nurse
Often your local pharmacy will have a drop in service to have baby and child health checks performed by a child health nurse. Some have a self-service area for regular weight and other measurements to be taken. Check with your local pharmacy for locations and times, we have listed some below to get you started.
Terry White Pharmacies have Baby Nurses available at their Robina and Pacific Fair locations. They also have baby weigh stations at most of their locations on the Gold Coast (Runaway Bay, Nerang, Australia Fair – Southport, Oasis – Broadbeach, Pacific Fair – Broadbeach, Mermaid Waters and Robina).
Chemmart offer a drop in clinic with a Registered Nurse on Mondays at their Pacific Pines Shopping Centre Cnr Pitcairn Way & Pacific Pines Blvd Pacific Pines.
Most Amcal pharmacies have set of baby scales, and Coomera City Amcal Chempro Chemist has a Registered Nurse visit on Tuesday mornings in Coomera City Centre, 31-39 Kristens La, Upper Coomera.
Pharmacies that don’t offer baby weigh or nurse services include Chemist Warehouse.
Hospitals and Emergency Departments
Hopefully you don’t have to visit the hospital or emergency departments very often although it is useful to know where they are if you do happen to need to go.
Gold Coast Hospital (with Emergency Department) 108 Nerang St Southport 07 5519 8211 (this hospital will close once the Gold Coast University Hospital becomes operational in late 2013)
Robina Hospital (with Emergency Department) 2 Bayberry Lane Robina 07 5668 6000
Gold Coast University Hospital Cnr Parklands Dr & Olsen Ave Southport – opening in late 2013
Gold Coast Surgery Centre – for day surgeries only. 103 Nerang St Southport 07 5519 7300
Private Hospitals (with children’s facilities)
Allamanda Private Hospital (with Emergency Department) 21 Spendelove St Southport 07 5532 6444
Pindara Private Hospital (with Emergency Department) Allchurch Ave Benowa 07 5588 9888
John Flynn Private Hospital 42 Inland Drive Tugan 07 5598 9000
Useful Information Sources
The following services are not designed to replace a medical consultation and are listed here for information only.
The Queensland Government operates a confidential, helpful, health advice phone line 24 hours a day. It is staffed by qualified people who can give advice about symptoms, treatment, who to contact and how quickly. Call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84)
Parentline is a phone service providing confidential, professional counselling and support for parents, operating hours 8am to 10pm seven days a week. 1300 30 1300
The Raising Children website contains a wealth of information on many topics, not just medical ones. It is a great resource for anyone with or looking after children, but includes information for all age groups including adults, and has a section for people with special needs. It is funded by the Australian Government’s Family Support Program.
The Better Health Channel website is funded by the State Government of Victoria and is a fantastic place to find more information on all things health related.
Informed Health Online is an independent, objective and evidence based website containing information about many medical conditions and options of treatment.
Depression and anxiety information (including post natal depression) refer to Beyond Blue.
Parenting information and forum website, Bubhub.
The Australian Breastfeeding Association has a free breastfeeding support phone number for parents 1800 MUM2MUM (1800 686268) and a wealth of information about breastfeeding and other new baby issues on their website.
Need to find a General Practitioner (GP)? General Practice Registrars Australia offers a “find a GP” link service via their website. This is not a recommendation of a doctor; it is simply a directory listing to help you locate medical services.
Contact information for health services provided by the Queensland Government on the Gold Coast.
Guest Blog by Angela Henderson, Clinical Psychologist and owner of Finlee and Me Educational Baby Products.