Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre
The Canberra Mothercraft Society (CMS) started in 1926 when Canberra was a very young city and most of the people working here, to develop the new national capital, had no support from their extended families. The main focus of the Society was the welfare of mothers and babies and has since those early days evolved to include all partners, grandparents and other primary carers.
In this role CMS manages the Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre (QEII). The Centre provides residential primary health care and parenting programs for families with young children who are experiencing complex health and behavioural difficulties in the first 3 years of an infant's life.
CMS is proud of its tradition of being innovative and responsive to community needs and in this spirit has been a key informant in developing programs to assist grandparents who find themselves the primary carers of their grandchildren.
As a tertiary service integrated into the ACT Health primary health care Child Youth & Women's Health Program, all referrals must meet the referral criteria and are received through the ACT Health Community Health Intake Service:
Phone: 02 6207 9977
Fax: 02 6205 2611
- Canberra Mothercraft Society, Residential Service
CMS started in 1926 in the nation's new capital, Canberra, and has a long history of identifying gaps in services for families of young children and establishing new services to meet those needs. Once established many of these new services have become organisations in their own right or run by the ACT Government. Since 1926 CMS has brought to the families of the ACT and surrounding region:
- Mothercraft Clinics;
- Home Help;
- Playgroups; and
- Occasional Care Centres.
Today CMS operates:
- Relaxing Into Parenting; and
- QEII Family Centre.
As times change, we change with them to meet the contemporary needs of families in the Capital Region. Increasingly we have adopted a community development approach and work in partnership with other agencies on programs like Grandparents ACT & Region, Relaxing Into Parenting and on the development of the Grandparents Stories.
The residential service run at QEII provides an opportunity for you to work through primary health and child behavioural issues that are troubling you. It gives your family a chance to explore other options and try new strategies and modify your parenting and self care techniques to fit into your family's lifestyle. As we are all different and so are the solutions, though there are usually common threads and our professional team can work with you to explore and implement well researched and evidence based options that best suit your family. The emphasis is on working in partnership so that you can find solutions to best suit you and your family. You will gain confidence in your own capacity to interpret and respond to your child's needs. As well as working with you on a one to one basis, each day there is a parenting education group session on related issues that may include topics like sleeping, feeding, self care and child safety. The program runs for 5 days/4 nights. When you arrive you will discuss with one of our child and family health experts what you hope to achieve during your stay and how to go about achieving this goal. Our staff will then support you and work with you.
|Phone: ||02 6205 2333|
|Fax: ||02 6205 2344|
|Other phone: ||02 6207 9977|
|Fax Alternative: ||02 6205 2611|
|Weekday: ||24 hours - open now as at 11:34 PM EST|
|Weekend: ||24 hours|
|Easter Monday: ||24 hours|
|Good Friday: ||24 hours|
|Australia Day: ||24 hours|
|Easter Saturday: ||24 hours|
Other services at Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre
- Hospital Services
- Queen Elizabeth II Family Centre
- Residential Service
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