Maternal and Child Health Service

The Maternal and Child Health Service (MCH) is a universal primary care service for Victorian families with children from birth to school age. The service is provided in partnership with the Municipal Association of Victoria, local government and the Department and aims to promote healthy outcomes for children and their families. The service provides a comprehensive and focused approach for the promotion, prevention, early detection, and intervention of the physical, emotional or social factors affecting young children and their families in contemporary communities.

A number of resources are available to Maternal and Child Health Service professionals to support them in maintaining high service standards for Victorian families.

Contact us

The Maternal and Child Health Service (MCH) team at DEECD can be contacted as follows:

Email (preferred):

Post: Maternal and Child Health, DEECD, GPO Box 4367, Melbourne 3001.

What's new

Red reflex test

The red eye reflex is now included in the pre-discharge examination in the My Health and Development Record. For an overview, see: Red Reflex Test (pdf - 118.61kb)

Safe sleeping checklist

A safe sleeping checklist is available along with a section on points to discuss with parents for the prevention of SIDS. See: Safe Sleeping Checklist (pdf - 486.03kb)

MCH Conference

For information on the Biannual Maternal and Child Health Conference, email:

Centre directory

For more information about your closest early childhood centres, see: Maternal and Child Health Centre Directory