Maternal and child health
We provide a free family-centred service to parents and carers with children from birth to school age.
Our highly qualified and experienced Maternal and Child Health Nurses offer families guidance, support and information in all aspects of parenting, child health and development, maternal health and family well-being.
Our childhood immunisation service is offered free to all children.
To make an appointment, please phone our central bookings number on 03 5734 6253.
Click on a location to view opening hours.
- Broadford Maternal and Child HealthChildren and Youth Services & Maternal and Child HealthBroadford Family and Children's Centre, 150 High Street, Broadford03 5734 6253
- Greater Beveridge Maternal and Child HealthChildren and Youth Services & Maternal and Child HealthGreater Beveridge Community Centre, corner Lithgow Road and Mandalay Circuit, Beveridge03 5734 6253
- Kilmore Maternal and Child Health CentreChildren and Youth Services & Maternal and Child HealthKilmore Family Centre, 7 Skehan Place, Kilmore03 5734 6253
- Puckapunyal Maternal and Child Health CentreChildren and Youth Services & Maternal and Child Health26 Alamein Road, Puckapunyal03 5734 6253
- Pyalong Maternal and Child Health CentreChildren and Youth Services & Maternal and Child Health12 High Street, Pyalong03 5734 6253
- Seymour Maternal and Child Health CentreChildren and Youth Services & Maternal and Child Health29 Stewart Street, Seymour03 5734 6253
- Wallan Maternal and Child HealthChildren and Youth Services & Maternal and Child HealthWallan Family and Children's Centre, 71 Stanley Street, Wallan03 5734 6253
- Wandong Maternal and Child Health CentreChildren and Youth Services & Maternal and Child Health16 Dry Creek Crescent, Wandong03 5734 6253
If you are new to the Mitchell Shire and have children between birth and 4 years, please contact us to make an appointment.
You can make an appointment by phoning MCH Central Bookings on 03 5734 6253 during business hours.
Key age and stage visits
These appointments help ensure that your child is healthy, and growing and developing according to their age group. Your child will be weighed, measured, and undergo simple tests for hearing, speech, nutrition and much more. We discuss your concerns and talk about your parenting experiences and what you can do to improve your child’s health, growth and development.
The 10 key age and stage visits are:
- home visit
- 2 weeks
- 4 weeks
- 8 weeks
- 4 months
- 8 months
- 12 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 3.5 years
If you are a first-time parent or have particular needs, ask us about extra visits.
For more information on what you can expect at each visit, head to Department of Education and Training: Maternal and Child Health Service.
We provide guidance and advice about baby’s nutrition, feeding support, parenting, development, safety and current immunisation practices.
Referral to other health services
If required, our Maternal and Child Health Nurses can refer children and families to other services including:
- occupational therapy
- parenting services
- speech therapy
New parents' groups
New parents can come together at our New Parents' Groups to share information and develop social networks. Ask your Maternal and Child Health Nurse about joining a New Parents’ Group.
Sleep and settling tips
Maternal and Child Health Nurses can offer advice and support around sleep and settling, and refer you to agencies that specialise in sleep and settling services.
We provide breastfeeding information, support and advice.
A drop-in service is available at:
- Greater Beveridge Maternal and Child Health Centre
Corner Lithgow Road and Mandalay Circuit Mandalay, Beveridge
Wednesdays from 1pm to 3.30pm
- Kilmore Maternal and Child Health Centre
7 Skehan Place, Kilmore
Fridays from 9am to 10.30am
Additional in home support
We provide additional in home support for families experiencing significant early parenting difficulties through our Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Service.
Referrals are made through your Maternal and Child Health Nurse.
For professional referrals, please download the form below.
We run free, funded supported playgroups for pre-school children for families that hold a Health Care Card or type of concession card, identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander or have children in kinship care.
Supported playgroups offer families a safe place to play and interact with their children. It is an opportunity to meet other families and learning more about community groups that can support your children.
Our trained facilitator is there to offer support and strategies through the Smalltalk program offered during each session. Smalltalk strategies enhance everyday parenting opportunities, building positive interactions for improved learning and development in the home environment.
The Supported Playgroup Facilitator can also run an in-home program throughout the term for those that may need more one-on-one support in their parenting. These structured sessions operate during Victorian school terms.
MCH phone app
The Victorian Government has created a Maternal and Child Health app that:
- provides access to health and development information matched to the age of your child
- charts your baby’s growth on an interactive growth tracker
- reminds you about upcoming MCH appointments
- has Nora (the virtual MCH nurse) on hand to answer your questions
Find out more and access the download links on the Department of Education and Training website.
This page was last updated on 29 January 2020.