Maternal and Child Health Service

The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) 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 eight 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.

Victoria's healthcare system and MCH services continue to face significant demand and workforce pressures due to the COVID-19 pandemic

There are workforce shortages across both midwifery and MCH nursing sectors in Victoria.

At times, due to COVID-19, flu season and leave coverage, MCH services may need to temporarily prioritise essential services to the most vulnerable children and families.

Based on workforce availability, this may mean that services are temporarily prioritised for:

  • youngest infants, children and families first
  • all Aboriginal infants, children and families
  • all children and families with additional needs or concerns, including families on the Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Program and those with COVID-19.

All vulnerable children and families are still eligible for MCH appointments across Victoria.

Parents or caregivers with significant concerns about missed or delayed MCH appointments should contact their regular MCH service to arrange for their MCH appointment to proceed.

Find information for parents with infants and young children relating to MCH services on the Better Health Channel: Maternal and Child Health Services webpage.

Consultations

The service includes an initial home visit and 9 consultations at key stages. Consultation times and duration are listed below: 

  • 2 weeks (30 minutes)
  • 4 weeks (60 minutes)
  • 8 weeks (30 minutes)
  • 4 months (30 minutes)
  • 8 months (45 minutes)
  • 12 months (30 minutes)
  • 18 months (45 minutes)
  • 2 years (30 minutes)
  • 3.5 years (45 minutes)

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. You will receive information about services and information about the nearest maternal and child health centre and appointments will be made.

Making appointments

Appointments can be made or rescheduled by calling our central bookings line on 03 9205 5599, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

Appointments can also be made via [email protected].

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 03 9205 5599.

MCH centres

Please check the Coronavirus service change page for updates regarding MCH

Abbotsford / Collingwood Maternal and Child Health Centre
Gahan Reserve
Park Street
Abbotsford VIC 3067

Fitzroy Maternal and Child Health Centre
Connie Benn Centre
160 Brunswick Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065

North Fitzroy Maternal and Child Health Centre
Bargoonga Nganjin, North Fitzroy Library
182 St Georges Road
Fitzroy North VIC 3068

Gold Street Children's Centre
MCH office 
64 Gold Street
Collingwood VIC 3066

North Richmond Maternal and Child Health Centre
North Richmond Community Health Centre
23 Lennox Street
Richmond VIC 3121

Princes Hill Maternal and Child Health Centre
Princes Hill Primary School
Wilson Street
Carlton North VIC 3054

South Richmond Maternal and Child Health Centre
Richmond Library Ground Floor
415 Church Street
Richmond VIC 3121

Alphington Maternal and Child Health Centre
Yarralea Children's Centre
54 Yarralea Street
Alphington VIC 3078

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.

Telephone: 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.

Maternal Child Health App

The free MCH app provides a modern digital solution and a resource families can use every day for trusted information on child and maternal health.

Time saving features include information on popular child health and development topics; click-to-call emergency contacts; prompts for upcoming MCH consultations and regular updates and messages.

This free app can be personalised and is available for all Apple and Android smartphones.

MCH App

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 all feedback regarding the Maternal and Child Health service please email [email protected] or call the Maternal and Child Health Team Leader on 03 9205 5457.

Parenting and support services

Find information about events and services on our Parenting and support services page.