Soon after your baby is born, the hospital or midwife will contact the Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service. Regular follow up and appointments will be made for you to visit one of the Council's MCH centres (usually the centre closest to where you live). However, the first Maternal and Child Health visit is usually completed at home and is a chance for you and your nurse to get to know each other and talk about any concerns.The MCH Service is a free service and available to all families with children aged 0 to 6. The service aims to promote the health and wellbeing of children and provide information and support.
The Maternal and Child Health Service provides a schedule of contacts and activities for all families, with an emphasis on prevention, promotion, early detection and intervention for health and wellbeing. It also provides a universal platform that can provide:
•Assessment of your child's growth and development
•Appropriate referral to other health agencies, specialist services and support - if necessary
•Health and early parenting information
•Linkages to community resources to meet your family's needs
•Bringing families together, fostering social networks, supporting playgroups and strengthening local community connections.
•Child health and development
•Child accident and injury prevention
The Maternal and Child Health Service provides 10 key ages and stages visits from birth to 31/2 years, including a home visit after birth and visits at 2,4 and 8 weeks; 4,8,12 and 18 months; and 2 and 31/2 years of age for all children and their families. If you have any concerns or questions about your child's or family's health and wellbeing, the service is provided 52 weeks of the year, and is supported by the 24-hour Maternal and Child Health Line (13 22 29).
1J Bennett Road, Horsham
Contact: Wendy Brown and Jenny Bull, MCH Nurses
Phone: 03 5382 1729
Mobile: 0428 489 255
Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm Monday-Friday, by appointment.
Contact: Melissa Moore and Melanie Wade, MCH Nurses
Phone: 03 5382 2487
Mobile: 0409 024 750
Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday-Friday, by appointment.
13 Robin Street, Horsham
Contact: Judy Harrington, MCH Nurse
Phone: 03 5382 3747
Mobile: 0418 507 624
Fax: 03 5381 2886
Hours: 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday - Thursday, by appointment.
Statewide after Hours Maternal and Child Health Line: 132 229 (24 hours)