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Maternal and Child Health

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The Buloke Maternal and Child Health Service is free to service to all families with children 0 - 6 years. It is a voluntary service where families can opt to use at any time during their children's early years.

The Buloke Maternal and Child Health Service is staffed by passionate and qualified Maternal & Child Health Services who support families with key age and stage visits as well as support from a wide network of services available to families.

24/7 support from a the Maternal and Child Health telephone service is available on 13 22 29 to seek professional advice on maternal and family health.

The Buloke MCH service adheres to safety measures to ensure the safety of all involved, if you have any queries this may include asking you to wear PPE to your appointment. If you have any queries prior to your appointment please speak to your MCH nurse.

How does it work?

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.

If you have not used the MCH service or are new to the area we welcome you to contact the MCH nurse in your area to set up an appointment. The Maternal and Child Health Service offers 10 freeconsultations. 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.

The Buloke Shire are an inclusive service and welcome all parent's and carers to be a part of the care for our newest residents. 

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.

Key links and information

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

View the Maternal and Child Health Timetable within Community Directory on page 69.

You can also call the Victoria-wide Maternal and Child Health Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week on13 22 29.

You can also download the Maternal and Child Health App.

Maternal and Child Health COVID-19 Update

Our Maternal and Child Health service has now resumed face to face appointments.

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.