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Update for maternal and child health service - Stage 3 restrictions and changes to service

From Monday 10 August 2020, the maternal and child health service will continue to provide limited face to face appointments for children up to 12 months old only.  Consultations for children older than 12 months will be conducted via telephone only.

Procedure for 0-12 month consultations:

Please arrive at the centre at your appointment time, remain in your car and your nurse will call you to commence the consultation.  You will then be invited in for your child's physical assessment which is capped at 15 minutes.

You may choose to have a telephone consultation for any appointment.  Please contact Early Years Admin on 4408 6590 if this is your preference.

To ensure safe social distancing we ask that only one caregiver and child attend the appointment.

We have been directed by DHHS on 2/07/2020 that all staff and caregivers should wear a mask for consultations. We have a supply of face masks for caregivers.  If you prefer to use your own mask, please bring it with you to the appointment.

Please do not come to the centre if anyone in your household is unwell.  Call 4408 6590 to change your appointment to a phone consultation or to reschedule your appointment.

Some of our centres remain closed - Bendigo Central, Eaglehawk, Elmore, Heathcote and Marong. Alternative locations for the appointments for these centres will be texted to individual clients the week prior to the appointment.

The first time parent group will continue to run via Zoom platform at this time.

Please call 4408 6590 if you have any queries.

The maternal and child health service

The Maternal and Child Health Service is a free service available to all parents and carers with children from birth to school age.

Our Maternal and Child Health centres offer:

  • Child growth and development assessments
  • Referrals to other health agencies
  • Health and early parenting information
  • Links to community resources
  • New parents’ groups

Our Maternal and Child Health Nurses are all registered nurses with qualifications in Midwifery and Maternal and Child Health.

Parents and carers can get information, guidance and support on:

  • Breastfeeding
  • Child health and development
  • Maternal health
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Home and care safety for infants
  • Child accident and injury prevention
  • Immunisation
  • Nutrition
  • Family planning

Make an appointment to visit a centre

To make an appointment, contact our Early Years Team on 03 4408 6590.

If you have an appointment booked and either you or your child is unwell, please call our Early Years Team to reschedule your appointment.  Our service is a "well" service and it is preferable that you don't attend the centre while you or your child is unwell. 

Interpreters

Interpreting services are available for all consultations. Please contact our Early Years Team in advance of your appointment and they will organise an interpreter to be present. 

Make a booking or contact us

For more information about the maternal and child health service please contact the Early Years Team on 03 4408 6590.

 


Code Red

Our Maternal and Child Health Centres are closed on Code Red Days. 

Further information on Code Red days.


Understand more about the Maternal and Child Health service

Visit this web link to read more about the free Maternal and Child Health service for all Victorian families.

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/parents

 

 


Covid-19 Information Update for Parents

Click on the link below for Covid-19 information for parents with infants and young children.

https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/publications/factsheets/info-families-with-children-on-covid-19

 

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