StEPS Satewide Eyesight Preschooler ScreeningWhat 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 recomme​nds that all four year old children participate in the vision screening program.

An external evaluation of the StEPS program completed in 2018 showed that the program was working well and that there were many benefits for families and children that participated in the program. The NSW Ministry of Health developed a response to address the recommendations in the StEPS program evaluation report.

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 StEPS Coordinator.

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.

Your child can also have their vision tested at a catchup StEPS clinic if available or at a NSW Health Child and Family Health service. You can also ask your GP to test your child’s vision or refer your child to an eye health professional.

Contact details for your local StEPS Coordinator

For general and booking enquiries, please contact your local StEPS coordinator. Find your local StEPS coordinator by selecting the area in which you live in the map below. Zoom in to enlarge the map.​​

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Central Coast

Contact: Leanne Lyall
Phone: (02) 4328 7900

Far West NSW

Contact: Leanne Hastwell
Phone: (08) 8080 1242

Hunter New England

Contact: Alison Boehme
Phone: (02) 6538 5071

Illawarra Shoalhaven

Contact: Linden Chen
Phone: (02) 9382 0277

Mid North Coast

Contact: Wendy Mutton
Phone: (02) 6656 7061
Email: or


Contact: Leanne Cumming
Phone: (02) 4475 7200

Nepean Blue Mountains

Contact: Jacque Henderson
Phone: (02) 4730 5100

Northern NSW

Contact: Kathryn Pressler
Phone: (02) 6620 2836

Northern Sydney

Contact: Jodi Simons
Phone: (02) 9462 9550

South Eastern Sydney

Contact: Linden Chen
Phone: (02) 9382 0277

Southern NSW

Contact: Leanne Cumming
Phone: (02) 44757200

South Western Sydney

Contact: Samara Naidoo
Phone: 1300 273 290


Contact: Cathy Llewellyn
Phone: (02) 9562 5400 or

Western NSW

Contact: Sandra Ford
Phone: (02) 6369 3300

Western Sydney

Contact: Katherine Hallam
Phone: (02) 8759 4150 or

Albury Wodonga

Contact: Corina Williams Moir
Phone: (02) 6058 1800

Current as at: Friday 14 June 2024