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.
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
- Healthy Families program
- Community contacts
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, Baby Massage, Introducing Solids, CPR and First Aid.
The groups are a great way to meet other First Time Parents in the area.
Centre Locations: Within the Golden Plains Shire the Maternal and Child Health Service is provided via home visits and at the following locations:
- Haddon: Northern Community Centre,396 Sago Hill Rd
- 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.
- The Maternal and Child Health Line is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 132 229.
- 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