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