Maternal and Child Health
The Maternal and Child Health Service is a free health service for all Victorian families with children.
The service is provided to children from birth up until school age. It supports families in the areas of parenting, health and development, family health and wellbeing and safety. It also gives referrals and helps link families with local communities.
There are eight Maternal and Child Health Centres in Yarra.
Maternal and Child Health Nurses are registered nurses and midwives with additional qualifications in maternal and child health and community health.
The service includes an initial home visit and nine consultations at key stages. Consultations occur at:
- 2 weeks
- 4 weeks
- 8 weeks
- 4 months
- 8 months
- 12 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 3.5 years.
Other services include:
- Early detection of health and development problems
- Breastfeeding information and support
- Health education and promotion
- Parenting education
- Nutritional information
- Child safety information
- Maternal health information and support
- First time parent groups
- Immunization information
- Support for families in crisis
- Community networking.
The service is confidential and recognises the great diversity of families in Yarra. Interpreters are provided to non-English speaking families.
Accessing the Maternal and Child Health Service
The Maternal and Child Health Nurse will contact you when you are discharged from hospital and arrange to visit you in your home.
During this visit, you will receive information about services and information about the nearest maternal and child health centre. Additional appointments will be made.
Appointments can be made or rescheduled by calling Council’s Central Bookings Line on 9205 5599, Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm.
Appointments can also be made via email to: email@example.com
Parents will be reminded by their maternal and child health nurse about these visits, but parents are welcome to contact their nurse if additional support is needed.
Families with young children who have just moved to the City of Yarra, can access the service by ringing Council’s Central Bookings Line.
Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Service
The Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Service provides intensive outreach support for families experiencing difficulties in caring for children and for families who have complex needs or require additional support and guidance.
When the local Maternal and Child Health Nurse is unavailable, the Maternal and Child Health Line is available 24/7 for information and support. The phone number is 13 22 29.
Parents in need of urgent medical advice should seek immediate medical attention and in an emergency call 000 and request an ambulance.
Feedback and Complaints
Yarra City council is committed to ensuring that complaints about its Maternal and Child Health Service are dealt with promptly, fairly and confidentially.
For more information or to raise concerns about the service, contact Jenny Carr, Team Leader Maternal and Child Health Service, on 9205 5457 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Leader - Maternal and Child Health
Australian Breastfeeding Association
Better Health Channel - Parenting
Department of Education and Training
Raising Children Network
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