These changes are recommended by the Department of Health and Human Services, the Municipal Association of Victoria and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation.
Key age and stage consultations
Until further notice, all key age and stage consultations will take place electronically or over the phone unless:
- Your baby is younger than 8 weeks.
- Your child is over 8 weeks and you or MCH have concerns.
If you have an existing appointment, the nurse will telephone you at the time of your scheduled appointment.
Please note, we are prioritising services for the most vulnerable families in our community.
Maternal Child Health groups and programs
Playgroups remain temporarily cancelled. You will be contacted at a later date as soon as they are able to recommence.
We understand that many parents are likely to be feeling anxious or concerned about their children’s health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be reassured that the evidence so far suggests that babies and children under 5 almost never get seriously ill from COVID-19.
For regular updates about the coronavirus (COVID-19), please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.
Get extra help
We can link you to programs if you need extra support, including:
- home visits for families experiencing early parenting difficulties
- a day stay program that helps with settling, sleeping and feeding
- lactation clinics for families that need breastfeeding support.
Join a support group
Joining a support group is a great way to get help and talk about your concerns. Groups in the City of Boroondara include:
- Baby's Okay, What About You?: a free 9-week postnatal depression group that helps you cope with being a new parent. For more information speak with your MCH nurse.
- Parents' groups: for first-time parents, where you can discuss parenting issues and make new friends. To join a group contact your local MCH centre.
Women After Gestational diabetes (WAG): a program designed specifically for women with a history of gestational diabetes. This program provides strategies to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and improve family health. For more information visit www.baker.edu.au/wag, email [email protected] or ask your Maternal and Child Health nurse.
For parenting advice, call the Maternal and Child Health line on 13 22 29 to talk to a qualified MCH nurse. This is a 24-hour service, 7 days a week.
This isn't an emergency number: for all emergencies call 000.
Maternal and Child Health App
You can now find accurate and reliable information about your child’s health, learning and development using the free MCH App from the Victorian State government. The app can also be used to keep track of upcoming MCH appointments, and find important health contacts.
This app can be personalised and is available for Apple and Android smartphones.