Maternal and Child Health Service

The Maternal and Child Health Service is a free health service for all Victorian families with children, from birth up until school age.

This service supports families in the areas of parenting, health and development, family health and wellbeing and safety. It also gives referrals and helps link families with local communities.

There are 9 Maternal and Child Health Centres in Yarra.

Maternal and Child Health Nurses are registered nurses and midwives with additional qualifications in maternal and child health and community health.

Home visit and consultations

The service includes an initial home visit and 9 consultations at key stages.

Consultations occur at:

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

Other services include:

  • Early detection of health and development problems
  • Breastfeeding information and support
  • Health education and promotion
  • Parenting education
  • Nutritional information
  • Child safety information
  • Maternal health information and support
  • First time parent groups
  • Immunisation information
  • Support for families in crisis
  • Community networking

The service is confidential and recognises the great diversity of families in Yarra.

Interpreters are provided to non-English speaking families.

Accessing the Maternal and Child Health Service

The Maternal and Child Health Nurse will contact you when you are discharged from hospital and arrange to visit you in your home.

During this visit, you will receive information about services and information about the nearest maternal and child health centre. Additional appointments will be made.

Making appointments

Appointments can be made or rescheduled by calling our central bookings line on 9205 5599, Monday to Thursday 9am to 1pm.

Appointments can also be made via email to: mchbookings@yarracity.vic.gov.au

Parents will be reminded by their maternal and child health nurse about these visits, but parents are welcome to contact their nurse if additional support is needed.

Families with young children who have just moved to the City of Yarra, can access the service by ringing our central bookings line on 9205 5599.

Other support

When the local Maternal and Child Health Nurse is unavailable, the Maternal and Child Health Line is available 24/7 for information and support.

The phone number is 13 22 29.

Parents in need of urgent medical advice should seek immediate medical attention and in an emergency call 000 and request an ambulance.

Feedback and complaints

Yarra City Council is committed to ensuring that complaints about its Maternal and Child Health Service are dealt with promptly, fairly and confidentially.

For more information or to raise concerns about the service call Yarra City Council on 9205 5555 and ask for our Team Leader Maternal and Child Health Service or info@yarracity.vic.gov.au.