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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 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
  • First time parent group
  • Supported playgroup

  • 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 Council on 1300 GLENELG or email:

    Following the birth of the child the hospital will notify the Council 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
    Appointments available from 9.00am – 4.30pm
    Dartmoor Dartmoor Bush Nursing
    28 Ascot Street Dartmoor
    By appointment only. Please telephone 5522 2211
    Heywood Glenelg Shire Council Offices – Heywood
    77 Edgar Street Heywood
    Appointments available from 9am to 4pm
    Portland 94 Julia Street Portland Monday to Friday
    Appointments available as follows:
    9.00am to 4.30pm

    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.

    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.

    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.)

    If you want more information please contact the Children Services on 5522 2211 or email

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