Appointments

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Make an appointment

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.

To make an appointment, call us on (03) 5422 0281. Our booking line is open Monday to Friday 9am–4pm or email mchadmin@mrsc.vic.gov.au

Information for parents/guardians for additional support can be found on parent support page.

Schedule of visits

There are 10 free 'Key Ages and Stages' visits with a qualified maternal and child health nurse from birth to kindergarten age

Home Visit

This is the first visit where our nurse will come to your home to meet you and your new baby. In this home visit the nurse will discuss safe sleeping, home safety, immunisation, breastfeeding, family wellbeing, play & learning. All subsequent visits are in our Maternal and Child Health centres. 

2 weeks

Growth, learning, development, car safety, breastfeeding and feeding, hearing review, birth registration 

4 weeks

Safe sleeping, breastfeeding, and maternal health and wellbeing, where to find parent information, play and immunisation.

8 weeks

Safety, breastfeeding and feeding, hearing review, link to new parent group, family relationships, play and learning. 

4 months

Parent's evaluation of status (PED's), link to Playgroups, immunisation, reading & books, food in first year

8 months

PED's, poisons information, preventing injuries, oral health, immunisations, play, learning and development

12 months

PED's, healthy family, foods, sun smart, oral health, immunisations, talk, sing and play, family wellbeing

18months

PED's. preventing injury, playgroup, immunisation, how play helps, leaning and development and oral health

2 years

PEDs growth, development, nutrition and feeding, parenting support, safety, kindergarten information, talk, sing and dance. 

3.5y- 4 years

PED's growth, development, nutrition and feeding, play safety, oral health, vision screening, kindergarten information and immunisations.

 

Information of your visit is recorded in your child’s Green Health and Development Record.

What to bring

  • Child health record book (My Health and Development Record)
  • Two cloth nappies or bunny rugs
  • Disposable bags for soiled nappies
  • Clean nappies for changing.

Speak to a maternal and child health nurse

If you need to speak to a nurse, see centre locations and hours for contact information. Call 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 24hr Health Line on 13 22 29. This number is staffed by maternal and 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.

Download the Maternal and Child Health app

The Maternal and Child Health app has been created by the Victorian Government to assist parents of key ages and stages, appointments and development stages.

The free  app provides can be used every day for trusted information on child and maternal health. Time-saving features include information on popular child health and development topics, click-to-call emergency contacts, prompts for upcoming maternal and child health consultations and regular updates and messages.

Download the app

Immunisations

Council runs immunisation sessions throughout the shire, or contact your local GP.