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What is StEPS?

The StEPS program is an initiative of NSW Health and offers all 4 years old children free vision screening. NSW Health advises all children to have their vision screened before they start school and strongly recommends that all four year old children participate in the vision screening program.

More information about the program can be found in the StEPS brochure and in the StEPS Policy Directive.

If you would like to arrange screening at your centre or discuss you child's screening result, please contact your local coordinator details as listed in the contact details for your local StEPS Coordinator section below.

Why would my child need their vision screened?

  • Children rarely complain of eye problems or realise that they can’t see well. The only way to tell if a child has a vision problem is to have the child’s vision tested one eye at a time. 

Did you know?

  • If a child has a ‘lazy eye’ it may lead to severe vision loss or blindness in that eye if not treated
  • If a child has a vision problem, the earlier the problem is detected and treated the better the vision outcome
  • If parents wear glasses or had vision problems as a child their children are more likely to have vision problems too
  • After a certain age, some childhood vision problems cannot be treated and the child will have poor vision for the rest of their life - glasses won’t help
  • Low birth weight babies and children with neurological problems are at a greater risk of developing eye problems 

How can my child access the StEPS program?

Your Local Health District targets preschools and child care centres to offer all four year old children a free vision screening. To have your child's vision screened, you will need to complete a consent form and return it to your child's preschool/childcare centre.

Contact details for your local StEPS Coordinator

For general enquiries, please contact the Office of Kids and Families on 9391 9483 or email steps@doh.health.nsw.gov.au. For booking enquiries, please contact your local StEPS coordinator. To find out which Local Health District you reside in, search for your closest town in the Local Health Districts and Specialty Health Networks page.  

Central Coast 

Contact: ​Marisa Lawler  ​Phone: 02 4328 7900

Email: marie.lawler@health.nsw.gov.au

​​Western NSW  ​

Contact: Sandra Ford  Phone: 02 6369 3300

Email: sandra.ford@health.nsw.gov.au 

​Western NSW  ​​

Contact: Sue Ashton  Phone: 02 6809 8653 

Email: sue.ashton@health.nsw.gov.au 

​Far West 

​​Contact: Dianne Johnson  Phone: 08 8080 1100 

Email: dianne.johnson@health.nsw.gov.au 

Southern NSW and Murrumbidgee 

Contact: Allison Zucco ​Phone: 02 4475 7208

E: allison.zucco@gsahs.health.nsw.gov.au 

Hunter New England  ​

Contact: Alison Boehme  Phone: 02 6538 5071

Email: alison.boehme@hnehealth.nsw.gov.au 

Northern Sydney  ​

Contact: ​Therese Salole (Wednesday Thursday, alternate Friday) 

Phone: 02 9462 9550

Email: nslhd-steps@health.nsw.gov.au

​Northern Sydney ​

Contact: Jodi Simons (Monday, Tuesday, alternate Friday)  Phone: ​02 9462 9550

Email: nslhd-steps@health.nsw.gov.au

​South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Shoalhaven 

Contact: ​Nadya Shulgin ​ Phone: 02 9382 0277

Email: schn-sch-steps@health.nsw.gov.au

​Western Sydney  ​

Contact: Katherine Hallam Phone: ​02 8759 4150

Email: katherine.hallam@health.nsw.gov.au

​Nepean Blue Mountains  ​​

Contact: Michelle Dunsmuir Phone: 02 4782 8233

Email: michelle.dunsmuir@health.nsw.gov.au

​South Western Sydney  ​

Contact: Glenys Goodwin  Phone: 02 8738 9784

Email: glenys.goodwin@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

Sydney   ​

Contact: Paola Gordon  Phone: 02 9562 5400

Email: steps@sswahs.nsw.gov.au

Northern NSW 

Contact: Jennifer McKay  Phone: 02 6620 2836

Email: jennifer.mckay@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

​​Mid North Coast  ​

Contact: Wendy Mutton  Phone: 02 6656 7061

Email: wendy.mutton@ncahs.health.nsw.gov.au

Page Updated: Monday 1 May 2017