Maternal and Child Health Services

About our Maternal Child Health Service 

Changes to Maternal and Child Health Services - from 15 November 2021

From Monday, 15 November 2021 face-to-face appointments for all infants and children will commence at our Maternal and Child Health Services.

If you have not received an SMS from our MCH team with a link to the COVID Screening questions, please complete the form below before attending your appointment.

Before you attend

You will need to complete the City of Stonnington Screening tool 48 hours prior to entering any MCH service. 

Complete the COVID Screening form here

Prior to conducting any face to face services, and in line with the Department of Health directive, families must undertake a COVID-19 screening process to determine if they have visited any exposure sites. If there has been exposure at either a Tier 1, Tier 2 or interstate site, you will need to follow the process of testing and isolating as per the instructions on the state government website.

Exposure to Tier 1 and Tier 2 sites

Tier 1 sites

For Tier 1 and interstate exposure sites where quarantine is necessary for 7-14* days from date of exposure, it may be necessary to undertake a short home visit consultation to attend to physical assessment, weight checks and feeding support that cannot be delayed for up to 7-14 days*.

This would include infants 0-8 weeks or where there is concern following a tele or web-based consultation. This will be arranged by the Maternal and Child Health team in conjunction with the local public health unit and will follow the COVID-19 pathway program.

Tier 2 sites

We will utilise tele and web-based modalities to deliver services in the first instance.

This will be followed by a short face-to-face consultation for priority groups for clinical assessment

The face-to-face clinical assessment can be undertaken after the family has received a negative result. 

 

Our staff are ready to welcome you

Maternal and Child Health Staff are be required to wear PPE Tier 1 (minimum requirement) and face masks are mandatory for all health care workers in addition of eye protection (COVID Peak).

Standard length face-to-face appointments will run for 45 minutes. Home visits remain and these will run for 60 minutes.

Clients:

  • Face masks are mandatory indoors for people aged twelve years and over, unless an exception applies which includes when attending Maternal and Child Health Centres and during Home Visits.
  • Check-in everywhere you visit using the Service Victoria app, no matter how long you spend at that location.
  • Face masks when attending Maternal and Child Health Centres and during Home Visits.

For further information contact MCH Administration on 8290 3336 or contact the 24-hour MCH hotline service on 13 22 29

Groups are back:

  • Groups including new parent groups and Supported Playgroups.
  • Face-to-face support groups for up to 30 people with density quotient of 1 person per four square metres apply.
  • Status of vaccination is not required for participation in MCH services.

Universal Maternal Child Health Service (UMCH)

The UMCH program consists of 10 KAS (Key Age and Stage) consultations with a maternal and child health nurse. The KAS consultations are a schedule of contacts for all children and their families from birth to school age. They include an initial home visit, and consultations at two, four and eight weeks, and four, eight, 12 and 18 months, and at two and three and a half years of age.

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service is a free health service available for all families within the Stonnington municipality with children from birth to school age. This service is staffed by registered nurses with midwifery and maternal and child health nursing qualifications. 

To make an appointment, please call our MCH Services central booking officer on 8290 3336Our service is easy to access, family focused and committed to providing the highest quality of service. An interpreter service is available and confidentiality is maintained at all times.

How MCH can help parents, families and carers

MCH provides information, guidance and support on the following topics: 

  • child health and development
  • parent child relationships
  • maternal and family health
  • breastfeeding and infant feeding advice
  • immunisation
  • nutrition
  • information on local support services 
  • safety and injury prevention, and 
  • new parent group sessions.

MCH app

The MCH app provides time-saving features such as personalised notifications, important contact numbers (such as the MCH Line), and evidence-informed responses to common child health, wellbeing, safety learning and development questions. It provides information for parents about KAS consultations and reliable online information on parenting topics.

The MCH app includes an interactive child growth tracker, enabling families to monitor their baby’s growth progress. In addition, the app’s content continues to be translated into community languages to promote access for culturally and linguistically diverse families.

The MCH app is also available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Dari, Khmer, Persian, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese. Download the MCH app on the iOS App Store or Google Play Store.

The MCH Line program

The MCH Line is a 24-hour telephone service supporting Victorian families with health and parenting concerns for children from birth to school age, staffed by MCH nurses. The MCH Line links families to the UMCH and EMCH programs and offers assisted referrals to a range of health and family support services, including emergency services.

Call the MCH Line at 13 22 29.

Services provided

Child health and development assessments at key ages and stages

Health and development assessments are available with a nurse for newborns and at 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 4 months, 8 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years and 3.5 to 4 years.

The My Health, Learning and Development book (the Green book) is given to the parents of every newborn child in Victoria. It includes information about services that support families, your child’s growth and health record, appointments and immunisation records. Please bring The Green book with you to every MCH visit.

Enhanced Maternal and Child Health service (EMCH)

The EMCH program responds assertively to the needs of children and families at risk of poor outcomes, in particular where there are multiple risk factors. This service is provided in addition to the components offered through the UMCH program.

First-time parent groups 

First-time parent group (FTPG) sessions provide health promotion and prevention, build parenting capacity, offer parenting support and enhance social engagement and community connections and support active engagement and inclusive practice of fathers and carers.  Contact your local MCH centre for details.

3.5 year assessments

Stonnington Maternal & Child Health Service is offering 3.5 year assessments at your child care centre for parents who are unable to attend a Maternal & Child Health Centre.

Complete our online form you would like your child to be assessed at childcare.

Parents are welcome to come along to the assessment. When this is not possible, other family members or caregivers (ie childcare staff) can be present. We will contact you by telephone or email to discuss any issues which may arise.

Please bring your child’s My Health Learning & Development Record (green book) on the day of assessment.

Parent education sessions

Food talk

Date Time Venue location
Dates to be advised 11am-12pm MCH Centre
Dates to be advised 11am - 12pm Malvern Town Hall: banquet hall

 

Pre-kinder checks

We offer developmental assessments for children between three-and-a-half and four years. The assessment covers:

  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Social and emotional development
  • Language development
  • Vision screening
  • Discussion on behaviour, nutrition, play, immunisation, parenting and any concerns

To make an appointment, please call 8290 3336, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. 

Preschool dental service

Our preschool dental service is for children up to six years of age and is provided by Star Health. It provides:

  • Dental screening for preschool children who live or attend childcare or preschool in Stonnington
  • Dental education for parents and carers of preschool children living or attending childcare or preschool in Stonnington

For more information call 9520 3177 or visit Star Health.org.au/services

Breastfeeding support service

Monday morning by appointment at 22 McArthur Street, Malvern.

To book, please call 8290 3336.

Playgroups

For more information about Stonnington's playgroups visit Playgroups and Neighbourhood Houses.

Family Information form

Before attending your first child health and developmental assessment please complete the following Family Information form.

Complete Family Information Form

The information collected will help us tailor services to you and your child, and free up your maternal and child health nurse to spend more time with you and your child at your home and on subsequent visits.

Please note: Information collected in the Family Information Form will be used by the Maternal and Child Health Service only.

Find a Maternal and Child Health Centre

Appointments can be made between 9am and 3.30pm.

MCH Centre Address Telephone

Central Park MCH Centre

116 Burke Road, Malvern East 3145

8290 3336

McArthur Street MCH Centre

22 McArthur Street, Malvern 3144

8290 3336

Phoenix Park MCH Centre

25 Quentin Road, Malvern East 3145

8290 3336

Grosvenor Street MCH Centre 53 Grosvenor Street, South Yarra 3141 8290 3336

Toorak Park MCH Centre

1/7 Evergreen Mews, Armadale 3143

8290 3336

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