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    Default Healthy Start for Kids

    Overview
    Healthy Start for School was introduced by the government to help make sure that children are healthy, fit and ready to learn when they start school.

    If you and/or your partner receive an income support payment at any time during the financial year in which your child turns four, your child is required to undergo a relevant health check. If the health check is not completed, part or all of your Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement for your child will be withheld.

    Who is affected by Healthy Start for School
    If you are affected, you will receive a letter from the Family Assistance Office explaining what you need to do.

    The Healthy Start for School initiative will affect you if you:

    receive Family Tax Benefit Part A for a child turning four this financial year (between 1 July and 30 June), and
    you and/or your partner receive an income support payment from Centrelink (such as Parenting Payment or Newstart Allowance) or from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
    Relevant health checks
    A health check, for the Healthy Start for School initiative, is an assessment of your child’s physical health and general well-being and will include height, weight, hearing and vision tests. This basic health check will help with the early identification of health risk factors and development delays and conditions.

    Relevant health checks include:

    an age appropriate health check conducted by State and Territory child and maternal health clinics, or
    a Healthy Kids Check or similar health check conducted by a recognised health professional, for example your local doctor, a practice nurse or registered Aboriginal health worker.
    You should discuss any cost or possible Medicare refund with the person that does the health check.

    What you need to do
    You need to:

    arrange for a health check to be completed for your child
    tell the Family Assistance Office the health check has been completed within the standard timeframe to ensure your Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement is not withheld.
    The standard timeframe is before the end of the financial year in which your child turns four.

    How to notify the Family Assistance Office
    The letter you receive about the need for your child to undergo a health check will include details about how you can tell us that the health check has been done.

    The easiest way to tell us is by using Centrelink Online Services.

    If you are already registered for Online Services:

    logon using your Customer Access Number (CAN) and password
    go to Family Assistance, then select Update your Healthy Start for School Review and complete the form.
    If you are not registered for Online Services:

    select Online Services in the left menu, then select Update your Healthy Start for School Review in the Features panel on the right
    then enter your CRN, and the One Time Access Code provided in your letter.
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    What happens if you don’t tell the Family Assistance Office
    If the health check is not completed or you do not tell the Family Assistance Office within the standard timeframe, part or all of your Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement for your child for the financial year in which your child turns four will be withheld.

    If your supplement has been withheld, you have an extended timeframe of two years, from the end of the financial year in which your child turned four, to have the health check completed and to tell the Family Assistance Office for your supplement entitlement for the financial year in which your child turned four to be reviewed.

    If the health check is not completed and/or you don’t tell the Family Assistance Office within the extended timeframe, you will not be entitled to the Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement for your child for any period when you and/or your partner were receiving an income support payment in the financial year your child turned four.

    Scenarios
    Daniel’s health check is completed and the Family Assistance Office is notified within the standard timeframe

    Kate’s son Daniel is turning four on 3 March 2012. In August 2011 Kate receives a letter telling her that Daniel has to complete a health check and that she should notify the Family Assistance Office by 30 June 2012. Daniel has a health check with his local doctor and Kate notifies the Family Assistance Office in May 2012. Kate receives the Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement for Daniel for the 2011-2012 financial year.

    Joshua’s health check is completed and the Family Assistance Office is notified within the extended timeframe

    Greg’s son Joshua is turning four on 15 November 2011. In August 2011 Greg receives a letter telling him that Joshua has to complete a health check and that he should notify the Family Assistance Office by 30 June 2012. Greg does not organise a health check for Joshua.

    After 30 June 2012, Greg receives a letter advising that his Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement for Joshua for the 2011-2012 financial year has been withheld because the health check was not completed. However, Greg may still be eligible for the Family Tax Benefit Part A Supplement that has been withheld if Joshua’s health check is completed and Greg tells the Family Assistance Office before 30 June 2014.

    Joshua has a health check and Greg tells the Family Assistance Office before 30 June 2014. Greg’s entitlement to the payment that was withheld is reviewed.

    Is this a new thing? Doesn't affect me at all as we don't get income support payments...

    What do you think about this? Everything is p!ssing me off today (I'm in one of those moods!) and I just cannot believe centrelink are trying to make parents do this by withholding supplement payments... Am I overreacting? Be honest..! Lol

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    I think it's a great idea!

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    What irked me was only making certain families do it... I think it's a great idea to have all kids health checked prior to starting school but the segregation just annoyed me.

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    Yes, it should definitely be all parents, not just those who receive benefits, I do agree with you there. It should be mandatory for all families...but that would be harder to implement. But it is a good start.

    And let's face it.....I'm not being discriminatory here, but children in low income families ARE at higher risk of health issues, development problems etc, for a range of reasons. Either because these families cannot afford decent healthcare, or because of lower education levels. I think this policy can only be a good thing. It means any issues can be detected and treated the year before the child is due to start school. A lot of developmental and health problems aren't detected until the child is in school, and this makes early intervention much more difficult.

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    I heard rumours of it being extended to all families and child health nurses being added to the list of people who can do these checks. Until then it would place too much stress on GPs etc. to enforce checks on all families. Like I said though, just rumours.

    I think a check is a good idea. Kids are going to be starting school within a few years. Many have just started or are about to start kinder. Any little things undetected can hopefully be caught and dealt with.


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    No, you're not overreacting. In fact, people are not reacting enough.

    My wife just received a Centrelink letter about this, so I did an internet search. The very next link after this bubhub thread was this:

    http://www.drjoetoday.com/unfit-unti...ays-otherwise/

    That DOCTOR pretty much states how I feel about it. In fact, I read quite a lot on his site I agree with.

    This is another example of a Nanny State out-of-control - sticking their pompous, ugly nose in where it's not welcome. It will be (as government interference always is) - totally ineffective for it's PROMOTED purpose.

    For example: If you are registered online with Centrelink, you can simply complete their "interview" (interrogation) online. I haven't gone all the way through that yet, but I get the distinct impression you can simply click a few answers and no actual proof will be required. (Can someone confirm?) So the very few parents who could not care less their child has some kind of developmental problem, will probably not even go to a doctor and simply LIE. Meanwhile, the rest of us have to pay for an unnecessary doctor appointment, submitting like dumb sheep yet again, thereby admitting government has a greater right over our income and responsibility of our children than we do.

    i.e. By submitting to this monetary BLACKMAIL, we admit they have the right to assume us as inept, or abusive parents - until we provide proof to the contrary from an "approved" investigator (doctor) who is supposedly a greater authority on our children than we are.

    I mean, let's get serious here... Who's more effective at noticing "something wrong" with your child... YOU, who spend every waking minute with them for 3-4 years (or friends, or family) - or a 15 minute once-over by a virtual stranger who sees them a few times per year and has another 30 people in the waiting room to get through before lunch!?

    People may think I'm over-reacting. But every time we submit to this kind of foolishness, we train ourselves and others around us to believe government is responsible for us.

    Well they're NOT.

    In fact, government interference is the reason the world financial system is on the brink of collapse - yet AGAIN... Government interference is why an UNTESTED flu vaccine was foisted on unwitting parents in WA... Why farming and manufacturing in this country is going belly-up. And the list goes on and on.

    Government just can't tolerate not controlling every detail of our lives. That's why they want the National Broadband Network; why the QLD premiere arrogantly said she wanted toxic flouridation of water after the majority of people voted NO to it; and now, they even want to know WHAT'S IN OUR CHILDRENS' NAPPIES!

    This has nothing to do with protecting children. It's about slowly deceiving people into the popular accepted belief government rules OVER you instead of ruling FOR you.

    I'm going to find out if they definitely have the right to blackmail people over this. I bet (for the time being at least) there is a loophole and they really CAN'T. (Just as Australian law clearly states you can choose not to vaccinate, yet they consistently OMIT that fact from their websites and literature, to the point where many public servants believe you MUST and have no choice.)

    Whenever we have the right to tell government (or Centrelink) to get stuffed, then let's take every opportunity to do so.

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    i see no problem with it and would happily take my children along without a fuss.

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    Awesome, can't wait...not! My 3.5 yr old (turning 4 before end of financial year) will be subjected to this crap as i receive parenting payment. Now to cut a long story short...he has a severe heart defect, has had 2 open heart surgeries (and will also have a heart catheter before he turns 4), was tube fed for the first 9 months of age, is on the small scale (13kgs) but his cardiologist and us as his parents could not be more stoked about his development and health...will the government take all this into account or just see that he is underweight??? he is on the 10th percentile for weight (up from always being on the 3rd percentile). Will he be lumped with all the other kids his age? we sacked his pead because as Kaden was not "higher on the percentile charts" he wanted to medically intervene and put ng tube back in when i had a happy, healthy and active 12 month old boy. Rant over i think

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    I dont have an issue with it. I think all parents should get a full check before their kids start school anyway. It's much better to pick things up before they start school.
    The only way I picked up that ds needed glasses for reading was because I got him checked by a Dr at 4.

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