We provide a free maternal and child health service to all families with children from birth to 6 years of age. Find out about when child development checks happen and how to view, change and attend your appointments or go to a drop-in session.
The service is staffed by registered nurses with general, midwifery and postgraduate maternal, child and family health qualifications.
Your hospital midwife will notify us of your baby's birth. A maternal and child health nurse will contact you by phone and offer you a home visit as part of the program. Other visits are then generally conducted at your local maternal and child health centre.
These include visits to check your child's development at 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 4 months, 8 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years, and 3.5 years.
Your Child Health Record
Hospitals provide a free booklet to all new parents called a Child Health Record. You are advised to have this booklet with you when your child sees health professionals so they can update after the visit. You should also record all immunisations in it.
How to make appointments
You can make your next appointment with your maternal child health nurse or alternatively, call (03) 9599 4755 during business hours.
After hours service
The Maternal and Child Health Line is a 24-hour telephone service staffed by qualified maternal and child health nurses. It provides over-the-phone information, advice and referral to all families with young children. The service is provided by the Victoria State Government.