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Maternal and child health services

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.

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

The service includes advice on health, development, where to find information, support services and opportunities to discuss concerns about your child including:

  • early detection of health and development problems
  • development assessment
  • health education and promotion
  • parenting education
  • first time playgroups
  • health advice, information and support
  • nutritional information and advice
  • breastfeeding support and advice
  • immunisation information
  • postnatal depression help and support
  • child safety information

Find out more about:

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.

Immunisations

You can protect your children from serious and preventable diseases through immunisations.

Your maternal and child health nurse can assist you with information about your child's immunisation schedule and where to get them immunised.

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 1/2 years

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 will need to be referred. For more details speak to your MCH nurse.

Baby capsules and car seats

The road laws in Victoria require all people travelling in a vehicle to be restrained correctly, including babies and children.

The kind of seat restraint your child can safely use will depend on his or her weight. We have two preferred suppliers who offer City of Whittlesea residents a discounted rate: