Maternal & Child Health

What is the Maternal and Child Health Service ?

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The Maternal and Child Health Service is a free service funded jointly by the Victorian Government and local government and is delivered for families with children from birth to school age. Maternal and Child Health centres are staffed by registered nurses with qualifications in midwifery, and family and child health. 

The service aims to promote the health, wellbeing, learning and development of young children and their families; and to detect health and wellbeing problems early.

More specifically, at a Maternal and Child Health Service you can:

  • get information, support and advice on a variety of topics, including parenting, child health, development and learning, child behaviour, immunisation, breastfeeding, nutrition, safety and family planning
  • attend at specific times during your child's early years for a one-on-one consultation that includes a health and development review
  • take advantage of additional activities, for example first-time parent groups and educational sessions tailored to your family's needs and circumstances
  • get help to make contact with local services, such as Early Parenting centres, if you need extra assistance
  • participate in a parent group where you can get information and meet other parents in the local area.

How do I access the service?

There are seven Maternal and Child Health Centres throughout the Shire.

Please ring 1800 552 902 to make an appointment at any of the Maternal & Child centres.

Maternal & Child Health Line (24 Hours) 132229

 Location  Address  Open  Phone
 Camperdown Camperdown
Kindergarten
50 Campbell Street
Camperdown
9am- 12noon
1pm - 4pm
2nd & 4th Monday
1st & 3rd Tuesday
Wednesday
1800 552 902
 Lismore Lismore Community
Health Centre
102 High Street
Lismore
9am - 12noon
1pm - 4pm
3rd Monday
1800 552 902
 Skipton Beaufort & Skipton
Health Services
2 Blake Street
Skipton
9am - 12noon
1pm - 4pm
1st Monday
1800 552 902
 Simpson Simpson Kindergarten
19 Barrumal Street
Simpson
9am - 12noon
1pm - 4pm
1st Thursday
1800 552 902
 Timboon Timboon & District
Healthcare Service
21 Hospital Road
Timboon
9am - 12noon
1pm to 4pm
Monday
2nd/3rd/4th/5th Thursday
1800 552 902
 Terang Terang Children's
Centre
62 Dow Street
Terang

9am - 12noon
1pm - 4pm
Monday & Thursday

1800 552 902
Cobden

Cobden Kindergarten
42 Victoria Street
Cobden

9am - 12noon
1pm - 4pm
Friday 
1800 552 902

 

Key ages and stages

Visits to Maternal and Child health at key ages are recommenced to review the health, growth and development of your child. Your child’s progress is then recorded in their Child Health Record, which may help other professionals with the health and education of your child. Key visits also coincide with routine schedule immunisations, so parents in Corangamite have the convenience of a health assessment and immunisation in the same visit.

There are 10 key visits when a review of each child's health, learning and development is recommended:

  • Home visit:  introducing and linking to local services and resources, such as safe sleeping education, breastfeeding support and parenting support
  • At two weeks:  growth, development, safety, nutrition and feeding, hearing review and parenting support
  • At four weeks:  growth, maternal health review, nutrition and feeding, parenting support and safety
  • At eight weeks:  growth, development, nutrition and feeding, parenting support, link to parent groups, immunisation and safety
  • At four months:  growth, development, nutrition and feeding, parenting support and safety
  • At eight months:  growth, development, nutrition and feeding, parenting support, hearing review, safety and oral health
  • At 12 months:  growth, development, nutrition and feeding, parenting support, safety and immunisations
  • At 18 months:  growth, development, nutrition and feeding, parenting support, safety, oral health and playgroups
  • At two years:  growth, development, nutrition and feeding, parenting support, safety and kindergarten enrolment
  • At three-and-a-half years:  growth, development, nutrition and feeding, parenting support, safety, oral health, vision screening and kindergarten information

Some families require additional support and may want to use the service at other times by arrangement.

First time parents group

Becoming a parent for the first time can be a challenging yet exciting time. To help first time parents get the support they need, the Maternal and Child Health Service runs 'first time parents groups'. These groups enable first time parents to meet together in a relaxed and supportive environment.

The groups are facilitated by Maternal and Child Health nurses and guest speakers who provide Early Years Programs who will be happy to answer any questions you may have during these sessions.

Ideally parents join the program when their baby is between one month and four months of age but we welcome all first time parents with a baby up to six months of age. First time parents who have a child over six months of age can talk with the Maternal and Child Health nurse about the possibility about joining an existing older age new parent group.

Fathers are encouraged to attend the First parent Groups and any of our Early Years Services.

 

Department of Education & Training (DET) Maternal & Child Health -Information about the Maternal & Child Health Service in Victoria and related services.

Australian Breastfeeding Association - Breastfeeding Helpline (talk to a breastfeeding counsellor) 1800 mum 2 mum (1800 686 268)

Nurse on Call 1300 60 60 24 - this telephone service provides immediate, expert health advice from a registered nurse, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Maternal & Child Health Line 13 22 29 - qualified maternal and child health nurses provide information, support and advice to Victorian families with children from birth to school age (5 years old) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Parent Line 13 22 89 - this telephone counselling service is available to parents and carers of children aged birth to 18 years throughout Victoria.  They provide information and assistance on a wide range of issues, including those who are struggling with or finding the parenting role challenging.  They cannot, however, provide you with legal or medical advice.

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