Christmas trading hours and appointments
Manna Gum Family and Children's Centre, Gisborne, Woodend, Kyneton and Romsey will be open Thursday 27 December and Friday 28 December
Please note in the lead up to the Christmas/New Year period our maternal and child health service will operate with limited staffing, with priority given to attending to newborns and infants under four weeks of age.
All MCH centres will be closed on the Public Holidays—Tuesday 25 December, Wednesday 26 December 2018, and Tuesday 1 January 2019. Hours will return to normal from Wednesday 2 January 2019.
The maternal and child health service is free and supports your child's health and development from birth until school age.
After your baby’s birth, the hospital will complete a birth notification form and notify Council. One of our maternal and child health nurses will contact you to offer you a home visit.
If you are a new resident to the Macedon Ranges and wish to use our service, call us on (03) 5422 0281. Our booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am–3pm.
Schedule of visits
There are 10 free 'Key Ages and Stages' visits with a qualified Maternal & Child Health Nurse from birth to kindergarten age. Information of your visit is recorded in your child’s Health and Development Record.
Our Maternal & Child Health Centres are located in Gisborne, Kyneton, Riddells Creek, Romsey and Woodend. For more information including contact phone numbers, see: Centre Locations and Hours.
- Child Health Record Book (My Health and Development Record)
- Two cloth nappies or bunny rugs
- Disposable bags for soiled nappies
- Clean nappies for changing.
Each of our centres has a dedicated telephone line (see: Centre Locations and Hours). If you need to speak to a nurse, call this number and leave a message, and the nurse will return your call as soon as possible.
Help outside of business hours
If you need help outside working hours, contact the Victorian Maternal & Child Health Line on 13 22 29. This number is a 24-hour telephone service staffed by Maternal & Child Health nurses for families and children aged from birth to six years. It is run by the Department of Human Services and is the cost of a local call throughout Victoria.
A new Maternal and Child Health app has been created to assist parents of key ages and stages, appointments and development stages. You can also ask the ‘Virtual MCH Nurse’ questions. Download app now
Council offers parent groups for first-time parents. New parent groups offer an opportunity for you to meet other parents, share your early parenting experiences and receive parenting support
The groups run for six to eight weeks and cover topics such as transition to parenthood, sleep and settling, feeding and nutrition, and accessing community services.
New groups start at various times throughout the year and run over six weeks, facilitated by a Maternal & Child Health Nurse. You will be invited to join a new parent group by your Maternal & Child Health nurse.
Council runs immunisation sessions throughout the shire, or contact your local doctor.