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Maternal and child health services

Our Maternal and Child Health Service (MCH) is free and confidential for all City of Whittlesea families with children from newborn to school age. Our staff are Registered Nurses, with additional qualifications in Midwifery and Maternal and Child Health. Our service provides ongoing care to improve the health, wellbeing and safety of families and the learning and development of children.



MCH Update

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services across Victoria are currently impacted by a shortage of qualified Maternal and Child Health Nurses, meaning that some MCH services cannot deliver the full range of consultations.

At present, Whittlesea can provide MCH service for:
• Infants from birth up to 12 months of age
• All Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander infants, children and families
• All children and families with additional needs

Other supports available during this time include our Drop-In service and the MCH Line. 

If you need to speak with a nurse, please call the 24-hour Maternal and Child Health Line on 132 229.

MCH appointments

The Maternal and Child Health team is here for you. 

Key ages and stages

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

MCH bookings 

What to bring to your appointment 

  • Your child’s green Child Health Record Book
  • A change of clothes, including spare nappies, for your baby
  • A plastic bag for used nappies
  • Clothes or bunny rugs to cover the change table and scales

Contact us 

To make a key ages and stages appointment or to change an existing one, please request an MCH Appointment.

If your enquiry relates to an appointment in the next two working days, please call our team on 9217 2170 between 9am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday.


Find a Maternal and Child Health Centre by suburb

The City of Whittlesea has 20 Maternal and Child Health sites located around the municipality. 

Drop-in Sessions

Breastfeeding support

Chat with a Maternal and Child Health Nurse or Lactation Consultant about breastfeeding, or any other issues with feeding your baby.

Open consultation sessions

These sessions offer an opportunity to visit a Maternal and Child Health nurse in between your child’s Key Ages and Stage assessments.

Parenting programs


Our First Time Parent Groups and Sleep and Settling programs are facilitated by professionals and aimed to assist parents.

Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Service

Our Enhanced Maternal and Child Health (EMCH) Service is an outreach program providing additional support to families with children from birth to preschool age who may be experiencing challenges impacting parenting, relationships and well-being.

Deadly Boorais and Deadly Families Program


Our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander engagement includes the Deadly Boorais and Deadly Families Program, which actively engages families and their children who identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and supports their engagement in the Maternal and Child Health service.

Part of the Deadly Boorais Deadly Families program is the Yarning Circle and Drop In Session. These provide further opportunity for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to connect and engage with the Maternal and Child Health Service within the City of Whittlesea.



Further support and resources

The Maternal and Child Health 24-hour health line on 13 22 29 can give you information and advice about the care and health of your child aged birth to school age.

The Maternal and Child Health app provides reliable information that families can use everyday, and can be downloaded by clicking here

Parenting Support

  • Tweddle - Sleep and Setting Information​
  • Queen Elizabeth Centre - Early parenting services
  • O'Connell Family Centre - Early parenting centre
  • Whittlesea Community Connections - for financial aid, legal aid, family support, settlement services and emergency relief
  • PANDA - Perinatal depression and anxiety support for parents and families
  • Orange Door - A free service for adults, children and young people who are experiencing or have experienced family violence, and families who need extra support with the care of children

Other information 

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