Northern Territory

New “Yellow Book” health record

The Territory Government is meeting an important election commitment with the launch of its new NT Child Health Record – more commonly known as the Yellow Book.

The NT Minister for Health Natasha Fyles said investing in the health of Territory children is the smart thing to do and the right thing to do if we are going to improve health outcomes.

“We know the first years of life are a critical developmental period, and families have the greatest influence during that time,” she said.

“This new Yellow Book forms a critical communication tool between health services and parents or carers and acts as a permanent record of a child’s growth and development from birth to five years.

“It makes sense to enable parents and families as the first carers and teachers of our children, to know all about their child’s development, what to expect and how to enrich it, for the best outcomes.”

Minister Fyles said the Territory Government promised Territorians it would overhaul the current Yellow Book as part of its 10 year plan – Starting Early for a Better Future.

“We are delivering on that promise to improve health,” she said.

“The old yellow book lacked the functionality of those offered in other jurisdictions.

“We’ve brought together health professionals and parents from across the Territory to address this.”

The new Yellow Book includes:

  • space to record vaccinations and consultations
  • results for each stage of development
  • illustrations
  • tips for helping your baby or child grow at each stage of development
  • helpful links for further information

The new Yellow Book will be rolled out through Northern Territory Birthing Hospitals to all Territory babies born from the 1st February 2018.

An eHealth component will be progressed as part of the development of a National Child eHealth Record.

Source: NT Government