Helping patients locate online information that’s evidence-based and easy to digest is not always quick or straightforward.
The Australian Government-funded parenting website raisingchildren.net.au is finding favour among Australian GPs who are looking for ways to help parents navigate the journey of raising a family.
This free, non-commercial site provides trustworthy, impartial information on child health, development and behaviour – from pregnancy right through to the teenage years. It also covers important topics for adults, such as work and childcare and self-care. It translates the latest scientific evidence on raising children into parent- and carer-friendly language and is subject to rigorous assessment by a scientific advisory board and other subject matter experts.
The articles, videos and family-friendly resources on hundreds of topics from sleep, and nutrition, to screen time and resilience are tailored to different ages and stages – as well as being regularly updated. The content includes tips and tricks your patients can try, offers reassuring advice on when and where to seek help, and is accessible to parents with disabilities and those from diverse cultural backgrounds. There are also dedicated sections on autism and disability for parents of children with additional needs.
Visited by thousands of parents every day, raisingchildren.net.au has now entered its 10th year. It is produced and managed by the Parenting Research Centre, the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne and funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services.