The First 1000 Days Portal Launches

The first thousand days of life are key to lifelong health and wellbeing. Experiences during this time shape the way our brains, bodies and emotions develop. Children do best when they have supportive environments in these early years.

The First 1000 Days portal is an online, evidence-based resource designed to support parents and carers. It contains useful resources to help with navigating the early years of childhood.

Resources include information about:

  • Support services for parents and carers
  • Pregnancy: Physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing during pregnancy
  • Development: Your child’s everyday needs and how you can support their development
  • Supportive relationships: Building the warm and caring relationships that children need
  • Safety and security: Giving children the sense of safety and security at home and in the community that they need
  • Time to play: Play helps to build children’s brains
  • A healthy environment: Giving children the healthy, toxin free environment that they need
  • Healthy food: The nutritious food children need
  • Seeking support for your needs too: A key part of parenting
  • Specialist resources for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander parents
  • Specialist resources for parents of children with disability

The First 1000 Days portal can be located at: raisingchildren.net.au/first1000days

Mental Health Practitioner Directory

Frequently Asked Questions

Any AHPRA or AASW registered mental health practitioner providing services in the Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW.

Social workers, psychotherapists and counsellors are ineligible to list in the directory.

By listing, you will let GPs, other referrers and consumers know that you are practising in Mid North Coast and/or Northern NSW. You can provide information such as where you are located, the services you provide, the population groups you support and your clinical interests.

No, the directory is a free service provided by Healthy North Coast.

This directory enables you to provide real-time information about your availability to accept referrals, as well as how long people may have to wait for an appointment. You can update this information as your availability changes. This will help GPs and other referrers ensure they only refer clients to practitioners who have the capacity to see them.

It also has a range of advanced search options and supports printing and bookmarking of search results.

You can choose to display your email address and your phone number so that people can contact you directly. You may prefer not to display these, in which case people can contact you by completing an enquiry form located in the Directory. Your choices can be updated anytime.

You can indicate wait times for an appointment for a new client or that you are currently unable to accept new referrals. You can also choose whether to display or hide your contact details. You can update your choices at any time.

Yes, you can update your listing or remove it at any time by clicking the “update practitioner details” button on your listing. You will receive a secure website link to your nominated admin email that will enable you to make changes, delete or put your listing on hold. You can also show when you are taking extended leave or are not available for a specific period, rather than completely removing your listing.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date.

You will be responsible for managing the information in your listing and ensuring that it is up to date. You will also be asked to check the information before it is published in the directory.

We will also send you an email every three months (90 days) prompting you to check that your information is up to date so that the directory displays accurate information.

You can read the full Terms of Use by clicking here.