Maternal & Child Health Services

Changes to Maternal and Child Health Services

We have been following advice from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation, and MAV (Municipal Association of Victoria) to ensure your health and safety is maintained during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic.

On Friday 20 March we were advised by these authorities that changes must be made to help reduce the spread of Coronavirus. With this in mind, we want to inform you of the following changes to our services as of Monday 23 March:

Home visits for your new born

 The safety of your baby, you and your family is paramount.  Due to this, all home visits will now be replaced with phone or electronic appointments. If a face-to-face appointment is determined essential by the Maternal and Child Health Nurse, visits may be arranged but will be no more than 15 minutes.

Centre visits

Effective immediately, there will be no Maternal and Child Health centre visits. The visits will be replaced with phone or electronic appointments. These visits include all 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 4 months, 8 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years and 3.5 years. If a face-to-face appointment is determined essential by the Maternal and Child Health Nurse, visits may be arranged but will be no more than 15 minutes.

Open Sessions

These will no longer be running.

New Parent Group

A Maternal and Child Health Nurse will contact new parents.

Enhanced

All Enhanced appointments will now be replaced with phone or electronic appointments, unless face-to-face appointments are deemed necessary by the Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Nurse.

We understand that these changes may add additional stress and uncertainty, however our nurses will work hard to ensure you are supported and will provide continued guidance for you to maintain the health of yourself and your child.

Who to contact:

For information on changes to your appointments with our Maternal and Child Health Nurses, please contact us on the Maternal and Child Health Administration number of 8290 3336.
You can also contact the 24/7 Maternal Child Health Line: 132 229.
To learn how you can best protect yourself and others, visit: dhhs.vic.gov.au/coronavirus

Maternal and Child Health Service

Stonnington's Maternal and Child Health is a universal primary health service for families living in the City with children from birth to school age.

Our service is free, easy to access, family focused and committed to providing high quality service. An interpreter service is available and confidentiality is maintained at all times.

View Maternal and Child Health Services brochure.(PDF, 208KB)

Download the FlexiBuzz app. This app connects the Maternal and Child Health department directly with parents and carers.

Features of the FlexiBuzz app include:

  • Local events and news for young families
  • Popular health and development topics
  • Upcoming MCH appointments
  • MCH centre updates
  • Immunisation services
  • Local Dads’ Groups
  • CPR for parents
  • Nutrition and Food groups
  • Parent Education Session prompts.

To make an appointment, please contact our Maternal and Child Health Services central booking officer on 8290 3336.

Centre Locations

Central Park MCH Centre          

116 Burke Road, Malvern East 3145

Tel: 8290 6000

McArthur Street MCH Centre

22 McArthur Street, Malvern 3144

Tel: 8290 1630

Phoenix Park MCH Centre

25 Quentin Road, Malvern East 3145

Tel: 8290 4040

Grosvenor Street MCH Centre (Opening 18 March 2020)

53 Grosvenor Street, South Yarra, 3141

Tel: 8290 7027

Toorak Park MCH Centre

1 / 7 Evergreen Mews, Armadale 3143

Tel: 8290 6020

Princes Gardens MCH Centre has now relocated to Grosvenor Street MCH Centre. Please contact MCH admin on 8290 3336 for further information.

Click here(PDF, 79KB) for map to Gosvenor Street MCH Centre.

Services provided

Child Health and Developmental Assessments at Key Ages and Stages

  • Key Ages and Stages: 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 4 months, 8 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years and 3.5 to 4 years.

Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Service

  • For families requiring additional support with sleep/settling, parenting concerns, twins/triplets or child with a disability are offered additional visits and/or support by the Outreach and Enhanced Maternal and Child Health nurse.

New Parent Groups

  • We offer new-parent group sessions and encourage you to attend as networking with other parents in your area can be a valuable support.

Parent Education

Playgroups

  • Playgroups provide parents with the opportunity to meet new people, gain support and exchange parenting ideas, while their children enjoy socialising with others. For more information about Stonnington's playgroups visit local playgroups.

Resources

  • Dads Domain(PDF, 4MB), written by an experienced relationship counsellor, is for dad’s growing into the new stage of life and fatherhood.