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
- 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
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.
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.
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