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Maternal & child health

Maternal and child health services provide information and support to new parents and families. 

Nurses are qualified in general nursing, midwifery and family and child health.

Services provided include:

  • Information on infant feeding - both breast feeding and formula feeding
  • Introduction to solid food and general nutrition
  • Immunisation
  • Childhood illness
  • Guidance on prevention of childhood injury 
  • Sleeping and settling
  • Behaviour management and positive parenting.

To make an appointment to visit your Maternal and Child Health Nurse call 1300 368 333

Fill out a Request for Callback form, to organise a Key Ages and Stages appointment for your three-and-a-half to four-year-old child with our Maternal and Child Health nurses.

Find your nearest maternal and child health centre.

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Growth & Development Review

The service includes a growth and development review at ten key ages and stages, including a home visit and centre consultations at 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 4 months, 8 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years and 31/2 years.


When necessary, child referrals are made to health and allied professionals, including physiotherapy, speech therapy, audiology, child psychology, GPs, paediatricians and early intervention services.

Family & Parenting

Nurses refer to a range of family and adult services including financial and relationship counselling, domestic violence services, women’s health, general parenting courses and early parenting centres.

Early Childhood

Information about early childhood services such as playgroups, toy libraries, book libraries, kindergartens and neighbourhood houses are available at the centre for parents to access.

New parent groups offer first time parents an opportunity to meet local parents, learn about their baby and services available in the community.

Intervention and support groups are offered for those with post natal depression, anxiety and difficulties transitioning to parenthood.

Maternal Child and Health App

The free MCH App provides a modern digital solution and a resource families can use 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 MCH consultations and regular updates and messages.

 Finding reliable information between Victorian Maternal and Child Health (MCH) visits can be challenging for families. The MCH App combines trustworthy information and time-saving features, into one simple digital tool. Features include:

  •  Nora, the app’s digital assistant, can answer most common child health queries
  • a library of information on popular health and development topics
  • click-to-call contacts
  • prompts for upcoming MCH consultations
  • regular updates and messages.

This free app can be personalised and is available for all Apple and Android smartphones.

Download the app from the State Government's Education and training website


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