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Maternal and Child Health Services Universal

Maternal and Child Health is a free service for all children aged from birth to 6 years, offering ten Key Age and Stage visits, as well as immunisation and additional targeted support if required.

The service is staffed by Maternal and Child Health Nurses (registered nurses with qualifications in midwifery, maternal and child health) and is managed by our Children and Family Services Unit.

Services provided by Maternal and Child Health

  • Assessment of your child's growth and development
  • Appropriate referral to other health agencies - if necessary
  • Health and early parenting information
  • Linkages to community resources to meet your family's needs
  • If this is your first baby, you will be invited to a first time parent group.

  • Information, guidance and support on issues including:

    - Breastfeeding
    - Child health and development
    - Maternal Health
    - Parent-child relationships
    - Home safety for infants
    - Child accident and injury prevention
    - Immunisation
    - Nutrition
    - Family planning
    - Sleep settling
    - Attachment

    Where do I attend?

    We have four Maternal and Child Health Centres, appointments can be made by contacting the Children and Family Services reception on 5522 2211 or email: childrenservicesenquiry@glenelg.vic.gov.au.

    Following the birth of the child the hospital will notify the Shire in which the family live via a Birth Notice. The Maternal and Child Health Nurse will contact you on receipt of the Birth Notice to arrange a home visit.

    Centre Location Hours
    Casterton Kathleen Millikan Centre
    1A Jackson St Casterton
    Thursdays
    Appointments available from 9.00am – 4.30pm
    Dartmoor Dartmoor Bush Nursing
    Ascot Street Dartmoor
    By appointment only. Please telephone 5522 2211
    Heywood Glenelg Shire Council Offices – Heywood
    Edgar Street Heywood
    Tuesdays
    Appointments available from 9:00am to 4:30pm
    Portland 94 Julia Street Portland Monday to Friday
    Appointments available as follows:
    9.00am to 5.30pm (Monday)
    9:00am to 4:30pm (Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday)
    9:00am to 12:00noon (Thursday)

    How often should I visit?

    There are a recommended minimum number of visits for all children to check their growth and development at key ages. These visits are intended to support you in keeping yourself and your baby well and provide the opportunity for any potential problems to be dealt with promptly.

    - Home visits (birth)
    - 2 weeks
    - 4 weeks
    - 8 weeks
    - 4 months
    - 8 months
    - 12 months
    - 18 months
    - 2 years
    - 3 1/2 years

    Parents are encouraged to ask the nurse about anything that is worrying them, no matter how small or unimportant it may seem to be.

    As part of the key visits, a thorough development and screening assessment is undertaken (PEDS) to help identify areas of need and provide early intervention, to ensure better outcomes for your child.

    For more information about the Key Ages and Stage visits please click here .

    Maternal & Child Health line

    A 24-hour telephone service staffed by Maternal & Child Health nurses for families of children aged birth to school age is available by contacting 13 22 29.

    (This help line is funded by the Victorian Government initiative.)

    New Parents Group

    The Glenelg Shire Council runs new parent groups for first-time parents across the municipality. The parent groups run for eight weeks and cover topics such as:

    • getting to knowing your child
    • sleep settling
    • breast feeding
    • nutrition
    • first aid / CRP
    • health, safety and wellbeing
    • adapting to the changes and challenges of parenting
    • accessing community services for families.
    • development and play
    • baby massage

    You will be invited to join a new parent group when you have your first home visit from a maternal and child health nurse.

    It is a great opportunity for families to access important information on parenting as well as meet other families in their local community. Sessions are held in Portland and Casterton.

    If you want more information please contact the Children and Family Services on 5522 2211 or email childrenservicesenquiry@glenelg.vic.gov.au.


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