The Whitehorse Maternal and Child Health (MCH) program will continue to provide services to the parents or guardians of babies and small children.
Centre based appointments will continue for children 0 to 4 months. Appointments will be kept to 15 minutes.
Newborn children aged 0 to 8 weeks must attend the centre as we need to check the baby.
Older children aged 18 months to 3.5 years will have their check up conducted between the nurse and with their parent or guardian by phone or telehealth video call.
Home visits are only being done for very vulnerable families.
All consultations (centre visits and phone) are strictly by appointment only. Please call the centre to book your appointment.
New Parent groups are being held via Zoom. There are no face-to-face sessions.
Face masks must be worn in the Centres and during home visits. Face masks are not recommended for children under 2 years of age. Visit the DHHS face masks webpage for more information.
For phone advice from a qualified nurse outside your appointment time, please contact the Maternal and Child Health Line on 13 22 29. This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you are worried about coronavirus (COVID-19), call the Coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398.
The arrival of a new baby brings joy as well as new challenges and significant changes to a family. Whitehorse Council's Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service provides essential health and development assessments and care for all families living in Whitehorse with young children aged from birth to school age.
After your baby is born, the hospital will advise Whitehorse Council. Council will organise a Maternal and Child Health Nurse to contact you to arrange a home visit. There is no charge for this service.
Visits are by appointment only. Please call the centre number to book or change an appointment time.
Is your child due for their three-and-a-half-year-old Maternal and Child Health check up? Due to the pandemic, there may be three year olds who missed this milestone check up during 2020.
Council offers a free 3.5 year check up where you can make sure your child's development is on track. This visit is an opportunity to raise any concerns around your child’s development as well as discussing physical and emotional health, growth and development. Also addressed are:
- caring for teeth
- kindergarten information and
- immunisation requirements.
The maternal and child health nurse will also perform a vision test on your child.
Don’t miss out on your chance to ensure your child’s health and development is on track. For more information and to book an appointment, contact your local Maternal and Child Health Centre.
If the matter is urgent please contact your local GP or nearest hospital emergency department.
For phone advice from a qualified nurse please contact the Maternal and Child Health Line on 13 22 29. This line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Key Ages and Stages Consultations
What Does Your Maternal & Child Health Centre Provide?
- New Parent Groups
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- Enhanced Maternal and Child Health
- Parenting advice and information
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