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Maternal and child health services

Our maternal and child health service is a free, confidential service for families who have children from newborn to school age.

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Contact us

For more information, email mch@whittlesea.vic.gov.au or call 9404 8888.

MCH and the COVID-19 situation

From Wednesday 25th March all MCH services provided by the City of Whittlesea will be offered by phone until further notice following advice from DHHS.

Home and centre visits will be replaced by a phone call from your MCH nurse at the booked appointment time.

Where deemed clinically essential by your MCH nurse, short face to face consultations (of no more than 15 minutes) may go ahead.

Parents should be reassured that the evidence so far is babies and children under 5 years old are at a reduced risk of serious illness from coronavirus.

If you are concerned please call the 24-hour MCH line on 13 22 29.

All of our nurses are registered nurses, with additional qualifications in midwifery and maternal and child health.

The service includes advice on health, where to find information, support services and an opportunity to discuss your child's development.

Key ages and stages

Health and development assessments are performed around the following key ages and stages:

  • 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks
  • 4 months, 8 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 3.5 years

Book an appointment

To make an appointment, or to change an existing one, please call our Maternal and Child Health team on 9404 8888 between 8.30am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Drop In Sessions

Please note: These sessions are currently on hold due to the Coronavirus. You can still call 9404 8888 and we'll arrange for a Lactation Consultant to call you.

These sessions don’t replace your child’s scheduled Key Ages and Stages assessments, and are suitable for follow ups and review.

Breastfeeding support:

Chat with a Lactation/MCH nurse about:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Anything to do with feeding your baby

Open consultation sessions

These sessions offer an opportunity to visit a MCH nurse in between your child’s Key Ages and Stages assessments.

 

Parenting Programs

We provide a range of programs that are facilitated by professionals and aimed to assist parents.

Our programs include First Time Parent Groups, Sleep and Settling and The Infant Progam.

 

Enhanced Maternal and Child Health service

This service is offered to families who are experiencing significant early parenting difficulties. This is a specialised program and you’ll need to be referred. You can download a referral form below. For more details please chat to your MCH nurse.

Our enhanced service can refer families to join our relationship-based parenting programs.  To find out more call 9408 9058 and download the current brochure.

 

Maternal and Child Health forms

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