Maternal and child health
The Maternal and Child Health service provides a comprehensive and focused approach for the promotion, prevention, early detection and intervention of the physical, emotional or social factors affecting young children and their families.
Changes to Service Delivery commencing 03 August 2020
Golden Plains Shire Council Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs continue to be reviewed to ensure community and staff safety with respect to COVID-19.
From August 3 there will be some changes to the services in response to COVID-19, these changes will be reviewed as required.
Golden Plains Shire Council MCH service will prioritise essential services for families with 0-18 month old babies, and for families who require additional support.
So what are the changes to our service delivery?
- Health screening - families will be called on the morning of appointment day; unwell clients will be required to partake in a phone consultation only, rescheduling the physical assessment to a later date as required.
- The appointment - at the agreed appointment time, families will be asked to arrive at the centre car park and wait in their car for the nurse to call. A telehealth consultation will be conducted at this time.
- Physical assessment - following your telehealth consultation (undetaken at your appointment time as above), the nurse will provide an opportunity for you to come into the centre for a brief face to face child assessment. Please do not bring prams due to the time restraints.
- Whilst in the centre - the primary carer will be required to wear a face mask or covering (supplied if required). The nurse will also be wearing a face mask. Universal precautions are being practiced at all visits.
- Home visits (supported by phone consultations) will continue for all new born babies and those who require it, with recommended personal protection equipment (as per DHHS guidelines).
Children who are due for 2 year old and 3 ½ year old Key age and stage visit are being postponed for a month or so unless parents/carers have urgent developmental concerns. Please contact us to reschedule a future apt or be placed on a list by calling 5220 7230. Alternatively families can make contact later in the year to receive this service.
Please call 5220 7230 for any questions relating to the MCH service or you can contact the Victorian MCH line on 12 22 29 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Support and care for your family
The Golden Plains Shire Council’s Maternal and Child Health team provides a free and confidential service for families with children from birth to school age. Support and advice is provided on family health and wellbeing, child development and parenting.
Support and assessments – support for families adjusting to parenthood and developing parenting skills.
Growth and development assessments – these are for children at 10 key ages and stages (KAS). Consultations start from birth to 3 ½ years, including an initial home visit and centre consultations at 2, 4 and 8 weeks, and 4, 8, 12, 18 months, and 2 yrs and 3 ½ years of age (refer to your Child Health record book).
Appointments are available outside these key visits if parents have any concerns with their child’s health or development.
Health and parenting information
- Maternal and family health
- Child health and development
- Breastfeeding and nutrition
- Immunisation information
- New Parent Group and Young Parents Group
- Referral to specialist children’s, family and health support agencies
- Safety and injury prevention
- Playgroups, childcare and kindergarten information
- Community contacts
Download the MCH app on the App Store or Google Play or follow the link https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/maternal-and-child-health-app Full of useful resource for families and is available in 10 languages.
Your First Contact with the Service
After the birth of your child the hospital will advise in writing the details of your child's birth along with your contact details.
Once our team receives this information you will be scheduled for a In-Home Visit (this will occur within the first two (2) weeks of your child's birth). A Maternal & Child Health nurse will contact you to introduce the service and confirm the appointment.
During your home visit, the nurse will give you information about further Maternal and Child Health visits and services, where your nearest centre is, and how to contact a Maternal and Child Health nurse at any time.
First Time Parent Groups
All new parents within the Shire are invited to join a First Time Parents Group (FTPG) after the birth of their first baby. In the Northern part of the Shire, groups are held at Smythesdale and in the Southern end they are held at Bannockburn and generally run for a 6 week period.
Presentations at FTPG sessions are made by the Maternal and Child Health Nurse, and other professional guest speakers. Topics generally include: Sleep and settling, Introducing Solids & Maternal Health.
The groups are a great way to meet other First Time Parents in the area.
Within the Golden Plains Shire the Maternal and Child Health Service is provided via home visits and at the following locations:
- Rokewood: Kindergarten, Aitchison St
- Smythesdale: The Well,19 Heales St
- Bannockburn : Bannockburn Family Services Centre, 2A Pope St
- Inverleigh: Early Learning Centre, Dundas St
- Meredith: Meredith Learning Hub, Russell St
- Teesdale: Children’s Centre, Shelford-Bannockburn Rd
Your Maternal & Child Health Visits
When you visit a Maternal and Child Health centre, the nurse will review your child’s health, development and learning. The nurse will also talk to you about your own health and how your experience as a parent of a new baby has been so far.
Information about your baby’s health and development is recorded in the Child Health Record. At particular stages there will be more specific assessments, including those related to hearing and vision.
Each visit gives you the chance to ask questions about your child, yourself or anything that you are concerned about. Your own health and wellbeing are very important and can be discussed with the nurse at any time during your visit.
Call us to make an appointment with a Maternal and Child Health nurse on 5220 7230.
- Guide to Maternal and Child health services https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/maternal-and-child-health-services
- The Maternal and Child Health Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 132 229.
- Download the MCH app https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/campaigns/maternal-and-child-health-app Full of useful resource for families and is available in 10 languages.
- Parentline: 132289
- PANDA (Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia National Helpline is available Monday to Friday, 10am - 5pm AEST - 1300 726 306
- Victorian Government’s Parent Support and Assistance page.
- Pregnancy, birth and baby website