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 months and older)

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 unless otherwise indicated

To register for a session please call us on 03 5018 8277 or speak with your MCH nurse.

Date Time  Age group Format 
Thursday 19 January 2023 10am  Babies Face-to face at Pasadena Maternal Child Health Centre, 117 Pasadena Grove, Mildura
Wednesday 25 January 2023 10am Toddlers Online
Wednesday 15 February 2023 10am Babies Online
Thursday 16 February 2023 10am  Babies Face-to-face at Mildura South Maternal Child Health Centre, 569 Deakin Avenue (corner Lillie Lane and Deakin Avenue)
Wednesday 22 February 2023 10am Toddlers Online
Thursday 23 February 2023 10am Toddlers Face-to-face at Mildura South Maternal Child Health Centre, 569 Deakin Avenue (corner Lillie Lane and Deakin Avenue)
Wednesday 15 March 2023 10am Babies Online
Thursday 16 March 2023 10am Babies Face-to-face at Mansell Maternal Child Health Centre, Mansell Reserve Seventh Street, Mildura
Wednesday 22 March 2023 10am Toddlers Online
Thursday 23 March 2023 10am Toddlers Face-to-face at Mansell Maternal Child Health Centre, Mansell Reserve Seventh Street, Mildura

 

Baby Makes 3

Baby Makes 3 is a free program offered to all soon-to-be and 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. This program is open to parents whose baby has recently been born and those expecting their first child.

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 

Tuesday, 21 February 2023

Tuesday, 28 February 2023

Tuesday, 7 March 2023

Tuesday, 21 March 2023

Tuesday, 28 March 2023

Tuesday, 4 April 2023

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

New Parent Groups

The New Parents Group is a free program offered to all first-time parents in the Mildura Rural City Council area. Held in a relaxed, supportive environment , the program runs for 6 weeks and discusses topics including parenting, caring for yourself, sleep and settling support, introduction to solids and more. The New Parent’s Group also gives parents’ the opportunity to meet other first- time parents with babies of similar age, often resulting in long-term friendships, gaining support networks and valuable information. Qualified Maternal and Child Health Nurses will be available to answer questions you may have during these sessions.  

Register to Attend
Your Maternal and Child Health Nurse will add you to the wait list and you will be contacted closer to commencement date. For further information you can contact us on 03 5018 8277