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    Quote Originally Posted by pisang View Post
    thanks ck2b. why do you think a gp cant do it? Do you think a chn will know what to look for more than them? i think i will book that appointment now..scared me a bit u never know!
    Sorry just saw this. Having worked with the MCN and also worked at a GP surgery its just not their focus. Whereas the MCN know children. They know what's normal ranges. They see so many children. That's all they see. It's their one focus. One of the GPs I worked with was a junior Dr and still sitting exams ( GPs have to keep doing exams for a good few years after qualifying). He'd pass everything but the child development section. We have great MCN here though and I have been told they are better and the system here for kids health is better then down south from parents who have moved here.

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    Great thanks for explaining that. I will book with the mcn now even though he will more be like 19m by the time I can do it!

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    OP, I accidentally skipped the 18mth check as I had literally just had DS2 and didn't realise. He had his vacs but not the chat with an MHCN.

    We just had his 2yr check up this week though. I'm in Victoria and the book shows a scheduled appt at 2-2.5yrs, so not 3 as PP had said. Perhaps all states are different though?

    Even this appointment was pretty basic - stacking blocks, how many words, can he climb etc The MHCN was actually very impressed/surprised because DS1 already knows all his colours (not just primary), speaks like a 3yr old and comprehends everything very well. So I don't feel bad for skipping now!

    Check your child's health book for an idea of what they will ask. There is a checklist before each age group.


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