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 now offering centre-based appointments for all babies up to 8 weeks old.

From Monday 6 July, all of our Maternal and Child Health appointments will be face to face in our centres.

If you have an appointment already booked, you will be called 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.

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

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.


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 [email protected].

MCH app logo

Open sessions

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

Please 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: Wednesday, 1 July 2020