1. Home
  2. breadcrumbs separator
  3. breadcrumbs separator
  4. breadcrumbs separator

Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and Child Health COVID-19 Update

As it stands Council’s Universal Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Program will resume full operation from 1 July 2020. All scheduled Key Ages and Stages bookings can be made by contacting your usual nurse or 1300 520 520.

Please note that social distancing is to be observed at all times.

             Number of people in the MCH rooms will be clearly identified through signage.

             Staff and clients are to maintain the 4metres square rule.

             One parent only with the child in the room where possible.

             Observe social distancing in waiting rooms, follow social distancing signage in waiting areas.

In addition, a risk assessment will be required to be completed before face to face consultations are conducted. If there are any yes answers, the appointment will be scheduled as a telehealth consultation.

             Have you or anyone in the house been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?

             Have you or anyone in the house returned from overseas in the past 14 days?

             Do you or anyone else in the house have symptoms of fever, cough or shortness of breath?

             Have you or anyone in your household been in close contact with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID19?

Families who don’t wish to attend an MCH centre can discuss any issues and make arrangements over the phone.

Cooper 2

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.