Maternal & Child Health will continue to provide face to face services by appointment only, at all of our sites.
Telehealth appointments will continue to be available on request for all ages, please contact us if you wish to have a telehealth appointment. In line with government directions, adults must wear a mask or face covering during their appointment. Health screening will occur prior to the appointment and unwell clients will need to delay or reschedule their appointment. These conditions are subject to change based on COVID-19 guidelines.
Send us a Facebook message or email email@example.com if you wish to change your appointment or move to a Telehealth appointment.
Darley Early Years Hub – our front doors are closed. Our kindergarten families will need to enter the building through the outside space, please follow the signage outside the building, parents will not be permitted to come into the building. Please contact ECMS the kindergarten provider for further infromation about kinder on Phone: (03) 5367 8605. MCH services by appointment only, those families with appointments at the Early Years Hub should ring the doorbell at the main entry upon arrival.
Covid-19 update and changes to services:
In line with recommendations from MAV and DHHS, MCH nurses have returned to full face to face service.
- Telehealth appointments will continue to be available on request for all ages. Just let us know when you make your appointment.
- In line with government directions, adults must wear a mask or face covering during their appointment.
- Health screening will occur prior to the appointment and unwell clients will need to delay or reschedule their appointment.
- These conditions are subject to change based on DHHS COVID-19 Guidelines
To make an appointment or to reschedule, please call 5366 7100 and select option 4 for MCH
For further details see our COVID-19 Updates
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About Maternal and Child Health
Our Maternal and Child Health Service (MCH) provides a range of free support for all families in Moorabool with children from 0 - 6 years. The programs help families achieve optimal health, wellbeing and developmental outcomes for their children.
The service includes an initial home visit and 9 consultations at key stages with an MCH Nurse.
Consultations occur at:
- 2 weeks
- 4 weeks
- 8 weeks
- 4 months
- 8 months
- 12 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 3.5 years
Maternal and Child Health Centre locations
Drop-in sessions: temporarily suspended
Sometimes a question comes up that a parent would like to discuss with a nurse at a time when a key stage assessment is not due. Or you may want to weigh your baby if their growth has been a concern.
Families are seen on a first-come-first-served basis. Consultations are shorter than the usual appointment times.
Drop-in session locations:
- Darley Maternal and Child Health Office, Darley Early Years Hub, 182 Halletts Way, Darley
- Thursdays between 10.30 am and 12.00 pm
- No appointment needed, just come along on the day
- Ballan Maternal and Child Health Office
- Tuesdays between 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm
- No appointment needed, just come along on the day
A free State Government-funded MCH Nurse telephone advisory service is also available 24 hours, 7 days a week. Call 132 229.
Early support can be the key to a successful breastfeeding experience. Our service provides free breastfeeding support to residents. Make an appointment or phone consultation with a Certified Lactation Consultant.
Appointments can be at one of our centres or we can come to you at home. We can address any concerns about breastfeeding from before the baby is born, right up to and including weaning.
No referral is necessary and bookings can be made by phoning MCH Admin on 5366 7100 or contact us via email.
Support is also available from the Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) helpline on 1800 686 286 or via the ABA website.
New parent groups
Our service runs free first-time parents' groups at various times throughout the year. These groups provide an opportunity to meet other mums and dads, share early parenting experiences, and receive parenting support.
The groups run over 6 weeks and are facilitated by an MCH staff member.
Some of the topics include:
- Sleep and settling
- Development and play
- Relationship building
- Child safety
- Baby massage
- Social supports
If you are not a first-time parent but would like to connect with other families in the area, why not join a community playgroup?
Our 8-week group program helps mums stay emotionally healthy while juggling the demands of parenthood. Some group attendees have a diagnosed mental health condition but others attend to keep themselves emotionally healthy.
The referral is through your Maternal and Child Health Nurse.
Childminding is available on site if required. Art activities are fun and easy and no art experience is necessary!
Imagination Magic: temporarily suspended
Imagination Magic is a performing arts program for children from birth to 6 years and for their parents or carers.
The program gives you the opportunity to participate in a variety of performing arts including:
- music and movement
- creative play
Sessions are scheduled throughout the year and are advertised on our website, Facebook, and in MCH centres.
For program bookings contact us. Gold coin donations support additional sessions and materials during the year.
1-2-3 Magic is a parenting program for parents and carers of children aged 2 - 12 years. Parents and carers can book into this program. They are held several times per year.