Maternal and Child Health

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A baby in his mother's arm with Maternal and Child Health Nurse

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About Maternal and Child Health

Our Maternal and Child Health Service provides a range of free services to all families in Moorabool with children from birth to six years. These programs aim to support families to achieve optimal health, wellbeing and developmental outcomes for their children.

The service includes an initial home visit and nine consultations at key stages with a Maternal and Child Health Nurse. Consultations occur at:

  • Birth
  • 2 weeks
  • 4 weeks
  • 8 weeks
  • 4 months
  • 8 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 3.5 years

Contact us to make an appointment

Maternal and Child Care Centre Locations

Moorabool Shire Council provides the Maternal and Child Health Service from a number of sites throughout the municipality.

Darley Maternal and Child Health Centre*
182 Halletts Way, Darley
(Entry via Wittick Street)
 
Gell Street Maternal and Child Health Centre
15 Lerderderg Street, Bacchus Marsh
 
Ballan Maternal and Child Health Centre
88 Simpson St Ballan
 
Wallace Maternal and Child Health Centre
729 Bungaree- Wallace Road, Wallace Victoria, 3352
 

* Relocated in January 2017.

Drop in Sessions

Sometimes a question comes up that a parent would like to discuss with a nurse at a time when a Key Age and Stage Assessment is not due, or you may want to quickly 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. A further consultation can be booked if required.

A drop in session is available at the Darley Maternal and Child Health Office, Darley Early Years Hub, 182 Halletts Way, Darley on Thursdays between 11.00am and 12.30pm. No appointment needed, just come along on the day.

A free State Government funded Maternal and Child Health Nurse telephone advisory service is also available 24 hours, 7 days a week by phoning 132 229.

Breastfeeding Support Service

Early support can be the key to a successful breastfeeding experience. Our service provides free breastfeeding support to Moorabool residents via appointments and telephone consultations with Certified Lactation Consultants is provided for residents. Appointments can be at one of our centres or we can come to you at home. This service can provide assistance and support to 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 and information 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 are available for first time mums and dads and provide an opportunity to meet other parents, to share early parenting experiences and receive parenting support.

The groups run over eight weeks and are facilitated by a Maternal and Child Health Nurse.

Topics covered include:

  • Sleep and settling
  • Development and play
  • Nutrition
  • Relationship building
  • Child safety
  • Baby massage
  • Social supports

Emotional Wellbeing Group

Our service facilitates an eight week group program to assist mothers to 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. Referral is through your Maternal and Child Health Nurse.

Child minding is available on site if required. Art activities are fun and easy: no art experience is necessary.

Imagination Magic

Children at Imagination Magic

Imagination Magic is a performing arts program for children birth to six years and their parents or carers. The program provides families with the opportunity to participate together  in a variety of performing arts including music and movement, storytelling, puppetry, drumming, dance, singing, yoga and creative play.

Sessions are scheduled throughout the year and are advertised on our website, Facebook and in Maternal and Child Health centres.

 For program bookings contact us.  Gold coin donations support additional sessions and materials during the year.

1-2-3 Magic

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 which is held several times per year.  For bookings contact us

Frequently Asked Questions

  • I have a good family doctor, do I need to attend this service?

    This service is a wellness based service that aims to intervene early before issues occur, or to identify issues early on and arrange appropriate referral. Staff are qualified to provide advice and support in all areas of infant and child health and development, as well as parenting, maternal health and relationships.

  • How do I find local services for my child?

    To find local child and family service providers take a look at the In the Land of Moorabool parent book (PDF, 8.6MB). Alternatively you can contact us and we can send you a hard copy.

  • How do I book a Maternal & Child Health appointment?

    You can book an appointment to see one of our Maternal and Child Health Nurses by calling 53 66 7100, sending an email to Maternal & Child Health or send us a private message at www.facebook.com/mooraboolfamiles If contacting us via email or facebook just let us know what centre you wish to attend, the age of your child, your prefered days/time and your contact number.

Last Updated:

Wednesday, 25 May, 2016 - 11:00