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

In line with the advice received from government authorities this afternoon, we are replacing all face-to-face Maternal and Child Health appointments with phone or skype consultations.

These measures will be in place from Wednesday 25 March to help prevent the potential spread of COVID-19.

If you have an appointment booked in, you will receive an SMS  message advising this will now be via telephone or Skype.

Please note that if a face to face consultation is deemed necessary after your phone appointment, we will arrange a short centre-based appointment with relevant health and safety measures in place.

The health and wellbeing of you and your baby is our major priority. While the way we work must temporarily change, we will continue to provide quality care for all families in our community.

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.


Service availability

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


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 MCHApp@edumail.vic.gov.au.

MCH app logo


Open sessions

No appointment is required for 10 minute consultations only at these locations and times:

lease note: no open sessions are available on public holidays.


New parent groups

First time parents are invited to attend new parents groups. These groups 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: Tuesday, 24 March 2020

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