We provide a free maternal and child health service to all families with children from birth to six years of age.
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.
What are the Key Age and Stage Visits?
Your baby's development - Key Age and Stage assessments
After your baby is born, your Maternal and Child Health nurse will visit you at home. This is the first of the Key Age and Stage development assessments. The second and subsequent assessments are at your local maternal and child health centre and occur from two weeks through to three and half years. You can read more about each of these key assessments below.
Make a Maternal and Child Health appointment
Bookings are required for all Maternal Child Health appointments.
You can make your next appointment in person with your maternal child health nurse or alternatively, call (03) 9599 4755 during business hours.
Drop-in sessions are available by appointment only. If you have selected a telephone consultation, the MCH nurses will contact parents/carers via telephone at the scheduled time of the booking.
Safety First - attending your appointment
Our Maternal and Health service has resumed to face to face appointments for all babies/children.
Telehealth appointments are still available upon request.
All families must wear a fitted face mask when attending a maternal child health centre or in their home when staff are conducting a home visit (this does not include children under 12 years of age).
Do not attend a face-to-face appointment if you or your child/children are experiencing cold/flu symptoms, have been a close contact of a positive case, or family is in isolation period.
Please call 9599 4755 to reschedule your appointment or book a Telehealth consultation.
Maternal and Child Health Centre Locations
Attendance at Maternal Health Centres is by appointment only
28 Bodley Street, Beaumaris VIC 3193
1 Palmer Avenue, Brighton East VIC 3187
Brighton - North Brighton Children's Centre
North Brighton MCH temporarily closed for renovation
483 Hampton Street, Hampton VIC 3188
1A Livingston Street, Highett VIC 3190
6-8 Waltham Street, Sandringham VIC 3191
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 the Maternal Child Health Nurse and health professionals so they can update after the visit.
Immunisation details are also recorded in this booklet.
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.
Phone 132 229