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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 visits 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 and 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 (Woy Woy, Gosford, Mangrove, Long Jetty and Lakehaven areas)

Contact: ​Leanne Roberts  ​Phone: 02 4328 7900


​​Western NSW  ​(Orange area)

Contact: Sandra Ford  Phone: 02 6369 3300


​Western NSW  (Dubbo area)​

Contact: Sue Ashton  Phone: 02 6809 8653 


​Far West (Broken Hill, Menindee, Balranald and Dareton areas)

​​Contact: Leanne Hastwell  Phone: 08 8080 1100 


Southern NSW (Eurobodalla, Bega Valley, Monaro, Queanbeyan, Goulburn areas) and Murrumbidgee (Wagga Wagga, Young, Griffith, Temora, Deniliquin, Corowa areas) 

Contact: Allison Zucco ​Phone: 02 4475 7208


Hunter New England (Newcastle, Maitland, Tamworth, Armidale, Moree and Taree areas) ​

Contact: Alison Boehme  Phone: 02 6538 5071


Northern Sydney (North Sydney, Hornsby, Sydney Northern Beaches, North Ryde and Berowra areas)

Contact: ​Therese Salole/Jodi Simons Phone: 02 9462 9550


​​South Eastern Sydney (Sydney CBD, Eastern suburbs, Hurstville, Sutherland Shire, Cronulla areas) and Illawarra Shoalhaven(Illawarra area, Wollongong, Nowra, Shoalhaven area, Sussex Inlet, Ulladulla areas)

Contact: ​Nadya Shulgin ​ Phone: 02 9382 0277


​Western Sydney (Lidcombe, Greystanes, Mt Druitt, Kenthurst, Carlingford areas)

Contact: Katherine Hallam Phone: ​02 8759 4150


​Nepean Blue Mountains (Penrith, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Lithgow areas) ​​

Contact: StEPs Coordinator Phone: 02 4730 5100


South Western Sydney (Bankstown and Bowral areas) ​  ​

Contact: Glenys Goodwin  Phone: 02 8738 9784


Sydney (Burwood, Canada Bay, Canterbury, Inner West, Strathfield areas) ​

Contact: Paola Gordon  Phone: 02 9562 5400


Northern NSW (Clarence, Richmond, Tweed Valley areas) 

Contact: Jennifer McKay  Phone: 02 6620 2836


​​Mid North Coast (Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Port Macquarie areas) ​

Contact: Wendy Mutton  Phone: 02 6656 7061


Albury (Albury, Lavington, Thurgoona, Jindera and Holbrook areas)

Contact: Elizabeth Burge Phone: 02 6058 1800
Page Updated: Wednesday 31 July 2019
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