Maternal and Child Health

The Maternal and Child Health service is free and available to all families with a child aged 0 to 6 and includes a series of regular health checks with a qualified Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurse. MCH nurses are registered general nurses and midwives with special training in Maternal and Child Health. They can provide confidential information and advice on: 
  • Child health and development
  • Breastfeeding
  • Baby settling
  • Nutrition
  • Maternal and family health
  • Post-natal support
  • Immunisations
  • Parenting

Contact details and MCH Centre locations

To book in or change/cancel your next MCH appointment, please call 03 5018 8277 or email mchs@mildura.vic.gov.au

Mildura

Council's Deakin Avenue Service Centre
76 Deakin Avenue (corner Deakin Avenue and Ninth Street)

Mansell Reserve
Seventh Street

Pasadena
117 Pasadena Grove

Mildura South
569 Deakin Avenue (corner Lillie Lane and Deakin Avenue)

The Family and Child Hub
41 Pine Avenue

Irymple

Casaurina Drive

Merbein

18 O'Bryan Street

Red Cliffs

Corner Guava Street and Indi Avenue

Nangiloc

Kulkyne Way

Ouyen

12-14 Cooper Street

Underbool

Cotter Street

Murrayville

Gray Street 

What happens at a MCH appointment?

At each appointment, the MCH nurse will:

  • Assess and monitor your child’s growth and development
  • Provide advice and information about maternal and child health
  • Make referrals to other health services if appropriate
  • Link you up with a new parent’s group if you are a new parent
  • Refer you to the Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Service if appropriate

How many MCH appointments will we need?

After a baby is born, the hospital or midwife will notify our service. A MCH nurse will then contact the new mum and arrange to visit you and your baby at home. After this initial home visit a series of follow up appointments will be scheduled as the baby develops.

A total of 10 free MCH appointments are recommended over a four year period at key ages and stages:

After hours MCH support services

Victorian families can obtain extra support by calling the Maternal and Child Health Line on 13 22 29. This is a 24-hour telephone service staffed by qualified maternal and child health nurses.

The telephone line provides over-the-phone information, advice and referral to all families with young children.

Interpreters are available through the Translating Interpreter Service. Hearing and speech impaired callers can connect to the National Relay Service (NRS).

Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Service

The Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Service is a more targeted service for families who may need some extra support, such as families with babies who were born prematurely or with a low birth weight, children with a disability or parents experiencing mental health issues.

This is also provided free of charge.

Referrals for the enhanced service are made by your Maternal and Child Health nurse.

 

Sleep and Settling program

Many families are affected by sleep and settling concerns. Led by qualified Maternal and Child Health nurses, our free group information sessions aim to help families better understand their children’s sleep patterns and behaviours.

Get information and support on sleep strategies such as tired signs, settling techniques, sleep cycles and sleep duration.

We offer sessions tailored to three developmental age groups:

  • Newborns (0-3 months)
  • Babies (6-12 months)
  • Toddlers (18-24 months)

One-on-one in-home support may also be available following a sleep assessment with a Maternal and Child Health nurse. 

Upcoming sessions
Face-to-face and online sessions are on offer. Face-to-face sessions are held at The Family and Child Hub, 41 Pine Avenue, Mildura. To register for a session please call us on 03 5018 8277 or speak with your MCH nurse.

Date Time  Age group Format 
Wednesday 18 May 2022 11.30am-1pm Babies Face-to-face
Wednesday 25 May 2022 11.30am-1pm  Toddlers Face-to-face
Wednesday 1 June 2022 11:30am - 1pm Babies  Face-to-face
Wednesday 1 June 2022 1:30pm - 3pm Newborns Face-to-face
Thursday 2 June 2022 6:30pm - 8pm Toddlers Online
 Wednesday 8 June 2022 11:30am - 1pm Toddlers Online
 Wednesday 15 June 2022 11:30am - 1pm Babies Online
 Wednesday 22 June 2022 11:30am - 1pm Toddlers Online
 Tuesday 5 July 2022 2:30pm - 4pm Newborn Online
 Wednesday 6 July 2022 11:30am - 1pm Babies Face-to-face
 Wednesday 6 July 2022 1:30pm - 3pm Toddlers Face-to-face
 Wednesday 13 July 2022 11:30am - 1pm Babies Online
 Wednesday 20 July 2022 11:30am - 1pm Toddlers Online
 Wednesday 27 July 2022 11:30am - 1pm   Babies Online
 Tuesday 2 August 2022 2:30pm - 4pm   Newborn Online
 Wednesday 3 August 2022 11:30pm - 1pm Babies Face-to-face
 Wednesday 3 August 2022 1:30pm - 3pm  Toddlers Face-to-face
 Wednesday 10 August 2022 11:30pm - 1pm  Babies Online
 Wednesday 17 August 2022 11:30am - 1pm  Toddlers Online
 Wednesday 24 August 2022 11:30am - 1pm  Babies Online
 Tuesday 6 September 2022 2:30pm - 4pm Newborn Online
 Wednesday 7 September 2022 11:30am - 1pm  Babies Face-to-face
 Wednesday 7 September 2022 1:30pm - 3pm  Toddlers Face-to-face
 Wednesday 14 September 2022 11:30am - 1pm  Babies Online
 Wednesday 21 September 2022 11:30am - 1pm Toddlers Online
 Wednesday 28 September 2022 11:30am - 1pm Babies Online

 

Baby Makes 3

Baby Makes 3 is a free program offered to all first time parents in the Mildura Rural City Council area.

It helps families sustain healthy and equal relationships during the transition to parenthood and after the birth of their baby. The program consists of three evening sessions.

A male and female facilitator run each two-hour session.

Topics covered include:

  • Becoming a parent for the first time
  • Expectations of both parents
  • Who does what? Gender roles
  • Healthy relationships
  • Dealing with conflict
  • Communication

Register to attend

Contact your Maternal and Child Health nurse or call us on 5018 8277.

Upcoming sessions

Venue: The Family & Child Hub, 41 Pine Avenue, Mildura 

Session 1: 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Tuesday 7 June
Session 2: 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Tuesday 14 June
Session 3: 5:30pm - 7:30pm, Tuesday 21 June

Parents and their baby should attend all three sessions. Light supper is provided

New Parent Groups