Monday, October 23, 2017
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Health day to help ready Indigenous children for school

David Lee May 3, 2017
IMPORTANCE OF HEALTH CHECK-UPS HIGHLIGHTED… From left, Greater Shepparton City Council maternal and child health nurse, Mandy Boschetti, giving Jeremy Atkinson, 3, a health check-up with mum, Jacqueline at the Family Fun Health Day at Lulla’s Children and Family Centre. Photo: David Lee.

IMPORTANCE OF HEALTH CHECK-UPS HIGHLIGHTED… From left, Greater Shepparton City Council maternal and child health nurse, Mandy Boschetti, giving Jeremy Atkinson, 3, a health check-up with mum, Jacqueline at the Family Fun Health Day at Lulla’s Children and Family Centre. Photo: David Lee.

MORE than 50 families took part in a Family Fun Health Day at Lulla’s Children and Family Centre in Shepparton on Monday, which is not only about health check-ups for Indigenous children, but is an informative and fun day.

This year marked the seventh consecutive year the health day has run. The Health Day is for parents to bring their children in for check-ups including height and weight checks, hearing, dental, vision and developmental.

The day saw several health and wellbeing services from across the region come together to offer their services to the centre.

Lulla’s Children and Family Centre director, Miranda Edwards said, “The health day is all about making sure our Indigenous children can come to one place to get their check-ups and it helps to contribute to children being school ready.

“It’s important that we do the health days at the start of the year so that when they begin school they know that they’ve had all their check-ups and immunisations.

“We organise this important day because of the need in the community.

“This year we had the Transformers come in to perform a show to give the kids a reward for having a health check.

“The day is getting bigger each year. The word is spreading that these checks and early prevention is important.”