When you visit a Maternal and Child Health centre, the nurse will review your child's health, growth and development. The nurse will also talk to you about your own health and how your experience as a parent of a new baby has been so far.
The Maternal and Child Health Service offers 10 free Key Ages and Stages consultations. At each of these consultations you can discuss your concerns, talk about your parenting experiences and any ways to improve your child's health, growth and development. You can also access the Maternal and Child Health Service at other times by telephone.
Most Maternal and Child Health centres offer scheduled appointments, open consultation sessions and some after-hours appointments. The Service is provided 52 weeks of the year, and is supported by the 24-hour Maternal and Child Health Line (13 22 29).
Information about your baby's health and development is recorded in your child's My Health and Development Record. At particular stages there will be more specific assessments, including those related to hearing and vision.
All Maternal and Child Health consultations are free.
My Health and Development Record - a child health record is given to families in hospital when their baby is born and is designed for them to record important information about their child's health, development and immunisations.
Maternal and Child Health Line (phone
13 22 29) – qualified Maternal and Child Health nurses provide information, support and advice to Victorian families with children from birth to school age 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Your child's health – contains information on a selection of health issues linked to specialist organisations and resources.
Your child's learning and development – gives an overview of the stages of development from newborn to school age.