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.
Changes due to COVID-19
Last updated Wednesday 4 August 2021
We've had to make some changes to our Maternal and Child Health Service to keep your family safe and healthy.
When you attend an appointment at once of our centres, we have the following conditions of entry:
- All staff, carers, parents, children or babies attending a centre must be well and free of any illness symptoms (including carer or child with a runny nose, fever or headache).
- Hand sanitiser must be used on entry.
- You must answer the COVID-19 screening questions on arrival.
- A mask must be work by carer/s (your child does not need to wear a mask).
- Physical distancing requirements must be followed. The only exception to this is when a nurse examines a child.
During COVID-19 lockdown periods, we are able to continue to see families in our centres for appointments, but we ask this additional condition of entry:
- Only one carer and the child booked for the appointment can attend during lockdown.
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.
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 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 03 9205 5599.
Please check the Coronavirus service change page for updates regarding MCH
Abbotsford / Collingwood Maternal and Child Health Centre
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
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
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
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.
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 MCHTeamLeader@yarracity.vic.gov.au 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.