Maternal and Child Health

 The Maternal and Child Health service provides information, advice and support to those caring for babies and young children.

COVID-19 update

We are continuing to see all families face to face for their Key Age and Stage MCH appointments rough the current Circuit Breaker lockdown. If you have any concerns or questions about your appointment, please contact 5272 4741.

If you have an appointment already booked, you will be contacted the day before to confirm arrangements.

In line with government health directions, and to ensure we continue to keep families safe, we ask that appointments are attended by one carer and one child only.

We understand this may be difficult for some parents during school holidays. Please feel free to get in touch if you have concerns or to reschedule your appointment or alternatively request a telephone consultation.

Temperature checking on arrival and the wearing of face masks for everyone over the age of 12 years are now essential to attending Maternal and Child Health centres.

If you or your child are unwell, please do not attend the service, call to reschedule or you can request a telephone consultation.

To make an appointment or to reschedule, please call 03 5272 4741.

The 24 hr MCH line is 132 229.

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service is a free service provided by MCH Nurses who are also registered nurses and midwives along with a support team of early parent educators and social workers.

Our MCH service provides early recognition of problems which may affect a child’s progress.

Appointments

The MCH service provides 10 Key Ages and Stages assessments. These consultations monitor the growth and development of your child.

Health information is provided on nutrition, feeding, parenting, development, safety and current immunization practices.

The 3 ½ year assessment includes a vision screen.

Additional visits can be requested.

New! Sleep and settling program

We are excited to announce a new Sleep and Settling Program for families with babies 6-8 months of age.

The program consists of a ZOOM group session on sleep and settling, giving participants the opportunity to learn about typical infant and early childhood sleep patterns, behaviours and requirements for a baby.

The session will provide parents and caregivers with a general understanding of what to expect across developmental stages, so you can feel better equipped to deal with your babies sleep and settling concerns.

For more information please email: [email protected]

Service availability

The MCH Line is available 24 hours a day on 132 229.

The National Breastfeeding Helpline (Australian Breastfeeding Association) is also available 24 hours a day on 1800 686 268.

Download the app

Use the phone app to access child health and development information matched to the age of your child at your fingertips! The app will remind you about upcoming MCH appointments and virtual MCH nurse Nora can answer your questions.

Download on the Apple App Store Downlaod the Android App on Google play

(If searching on App Store on an iPad, select "iPhone only")

In future releases the app will be available in 10 languages, and we’re working on a fun new feature for tracking your child’s growth and progress. For app support, email [email protected].

MCH app logo


Open sessions

 Currently  our drop in sessions have been replaced by appointment only at all Maternal and Child health centre centres  due to Covid-19 


New parent groups

First time parents are invited to attend new parents groups. These groups, currently being held via Zoom , can become an important social network for you and your child.

Topics covered include:

  • Adjusting to Parenthood and Women’s Health
  • Sleep and Settling
  • Development and Play
  • Safety.




Page last updated: Friday, 28 May 2021

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