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Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and Child Health COVID-19 Update

If an appointment is needed urgently, or you would like to have a discussion with our Nurse, please ring 0417 506 174, or try the  MCH 24-hour line on 13 22 29. Some consultations can occur over the phone, there may be some home visits where urgent. Normal Key Age and Stage visits will be cancelled until further notice to reduce face-to-face interaction with vulnerable populations during this time. Thanks for your understanding of an interruption to service until further notice that it is reverting to the standard arrangements.

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Following the birth of your baby, the hospital will give you your child's My Health and Development Record. This allows you to keep all your child's health, growth and development information, appointment records and immunisation records in one place.

The hospital will notify Council of the birth of your baby and will pass on your contact details. This information will then be passed to a Maternal and Child Health nurse in your area. The nurse will make contact with you within a few days of your arrival home from hospital, to arrange a visit to your home.

During your home visit, the Maternal and Child Health nurse will give you information about upcoming consultations and services, and the location of your nearest Maternal and Child Health Centre.

The Maternal and Child Health Service offers 10 free consultations. Known as Key Ages and Stages consultations, these take place when your baby is two, four and eight weeks of age, then at four and eight months of age, and at one, one-and-a-half, two and three-and-a-half years of age.

At each of these consultations the nurse will review your child’s health, growth and development. At some of these consultations there will also be specific assessments, including those related to hearing and vision. 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.

Buloke Shire Maternal and Child Health Centres offer scheduled appointments and some after-hours appointments.  Maternal and Child Health Centres are located at Birchip, Charlton, Donald, Sea Lake and Wycheproof.

For opening hours and consultation times, please call 1300 520 520.

View the Maternal and Child Health Timetable within Community Directory on page 65.

You can also call the Victoria-wide Maternal and Child Health Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 13 22 29.

You can also download the Maternal and Child Health App.

Sea Lake MCH Access 2020

Council’s Maternal and Child Health nurse who services the Sea Lake area is currently on maternity leave. Whilst Council works at finding a replacement, Sea Lake will continue to gain an appointment based service once a week.

Council’s MCH nurses will attend, generally on a Tuesday or Friday.

You can still make contact and book appointments on the regular Sea Lake number of 0428 615 732 as well as 0417 506 174. Texting is the best option wherever possible.

Don’t forget you can contact the Victoria-wide Maternal and Child Health Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week on 13 22 29.