Changes to our Maternal Child Health and immunisation services

Friday 20 March 2020

Yarra is committed to the health, wellbeing and safety of our community and workforce.

To help slow the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community, we have made some changes to our Maternal and Child Health and immunisation services based on advice from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). 

Maternal Child Health consultations  

From Monday, 23 March we will be replacing all face-to-face home visits and centre consultations with telephone or Skype consultations. 

All of our Maternal and Child Health centres will be closed, and group sessions will not be running. 

Immunisation services 

Our immunisation service will be running as normal, with extra precautions in place. 

Some locations have changed – please download our latest timetable for details. 

At these sessions, we will be taking extra precautions to protect our community and staff from the spread of the virus. Staff will ensure appropriate social distancing, with a minimum of four square metres per person.

Children, parents and their caregivers who feel unwell or have a temperature should not attend these sessions. 

Other support 

We understand that many parents are likely to be feeling anxious or concerned about their children’s health and wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. Parents should be reassured that the evidence so far is babies and children under five almost never get seriously ill from COVID-19. 

  • Families can contact the Maternal and Child Health Line (open 24 hours) on 13 22 29 for information and support. 
  • You can find the latest official information about COVID-19 on the DHHS website
  • Parents in need of urgent medical advice should seek immediate medical attention and in an emergency call 000 and request an ambulance.


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