Maternal and child health appointments and services
Book an appointment
You can make an appointment by phoning MCH Central Bookings on 03 5734 6253 during business hours.
If you are new to the Mitchell Shire and have children between birth and 4 years, please contact us to make an appointment.
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 some of our services are restricted. Please read the current COVID-19 services restrictions to see if your required service is affected.
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 Health and Human Services.
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
Maternal and Child Health offers parents the opportunity to access our Sleep and Settling Service with individual home visits and group information sessions available.
Please contact MCH Central Bookings on 03 5734 6253 to make an appointment with our Sleep and Settling MCH Nurse.
There are no events planned for now
Breastfeeding clinics will be by appointment. Please call Central Booking on (03) 5734 6253 for an appointment with one of our Lactation Consultants.
Enhanced Maternal and Child Health - 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.
Our childhood immunisation service is offered free to all children. We also offer offer immunisations to school-aged children and those in the community wishing to update their immunisations.
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 Health and Human Services website.
This page was last updated on 23 July 2021.