Maternal and Child Health is a free service for all children aged from birth to 6 years, the service offers 10 free Key Ages and Stages consultations to review your child’s health, growth and development and talk about your own health and parenting experience as well as immunisation and additional targeted support if required.
The service also runs first time parent groups to help parents who have had their first child and provides support to families who need extra help.
The MCH service is staffed by Maternal and Child Nurses (Registered Nurses with Qualifications in Midwifery & Maternal Child Health) and is managed by Portland District Health.
Several clinic locations are offered throughout the Glenelg Shire with varying opening hours to allow parents the flexibility to book appointments at times and venues that suit your needs.
Where can I visit
Casterton :Kathleen Millikan Centre, 1A Jackson St Casterton Every Thursday from 9am-5pm.
Heywood: Glenelg Shire Council Offices – Heywood, 77 Edgar Street Heywood. Tuesdays from 9am-5pm
Portland: Maternity Child Health on Julia (MCH) Wednesday, Thursday & Fridays from 9am-5pm
Dartmoor Dartmoor Bush Nursing, 28 Ascot Street Dartmoor, By appointment
How do i make an appointment ?
To make an appointment or enquiry please contact Portland District Health on:
- Phone: (03) 55210504 (please leave a message)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: this is a well infant and child service. If your child is unwell, please see your GP and reschedule another appointment.
How often should i visit ?
There are a recommended number of visits for all children to check their growth and development at key ages.
The Home Visit:
When you have a baby a Maternal and Child Health team member will contact you to arrange a visit with you and your new baby at home. Ongoing appointments will be made for you to visit your local MCH centre.
Key Age and Stage (KAS) visits:
We offer consultations with MCH nurses at 10 key stages of your child’s development. These are known as Key Age and Stage (KAS) visits and happen at:
- Home Visit(within 2 weeks of birth)
- 2, 4 and 8 weeks
- 4, 8, 12 and 18 months
- 2 and 3.5 years of age.
Health information is provided on nutrition, feeding, parenting, development, safety and current immunisation practices. Additional visits can be requested.
We also offer additional appointments at 6 month and 4 years for Immunisations.
Maternal Child Health services includes:
- Appointment based centre sessions and home visits.
- Children’s developmental assessments at key ages and stages.
- Parenting groups.
- Immunisation information and assistance.
- Education, health and wellbeing.
- Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Service (EMCHS).
- Information and resources for families with infants and children up to six years.
- Home Safety for infants
- Sleep settling
Free Maternal Child Health App
The free MCH App provides a modern digital solution and a resource families can use every day for trusted information on child and maternal health. Time saving features include information on popular child health and development topics; click-to-call emergency contacts; prompts for upcoming MCH consultations and regular updates and messages. it is available for download from the App Store and Google Play.
The MCH Line: A free telephone support service for parents to get advice from a Maternal and Child Health nurse. It is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Phone: 13 22 29.
Red Nose: Australia’s leading authority on safe sleep and pregnancy, and bereavement support for families affected by the death of a child.
Royal Children’s Hospital – Kids Health Information: Provides fact sheets for parents and adolescents covering pertinent topics about medical conditions and the services available at the hospital.
Education.vic.gov.au For Parents: Practical information for Victorian parents and carers.
Playgroup Victoria: An association committed to helping all Victorian families discover the benefits of playgroup
Baby capsules: Find-A-Fitter is a Kidsafe Victoria initiative
For all maternal and child health services enquiries please contact Portland District Health on 5521 0504 or email email@example.com.