Maternal and Child Health

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COVID-19 update

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and immunisation services are running. The team has a COVIDSafe plan and protective measures in place to keep our community and staff healthy and safe. 

Both programs have health screening questions you’ll need to answer when you arrive.

Please do not attend your appointment if yourself or someone in your household is unwell. Phone 5320 5720 to talk to the team or reschedule an appointment.

COVID-19 Maternal and Child Health services

We are always reviewing our Maternal and Child Health programs to keep our community and staff safe following Victorian Government COVID-19 guidelines. It is a priority to continue essential MCH services for families with young babies and families who require additional support. 

The City of Ballarat MCH program has started consultations again for children aged 0 to 6 years. Please keep these in mind when coming to or booking your MCH session:

  • To book an appointment phone 5320 5720.
  • If you or someone in your family is unwell, please delay and reschedule your appointment.
  • Families who are booked in can attend face-to-face appointments.
  • You will need to answer health screening questions and sanitise your hands when you arrive.
  • Our MCH waiting rooms have restricted use and physical distancing is required during your appointment.
  • Both parents can come to your child’s appointment. All caregivers will need to wear a mask to appointments.
  • Home visiting will continue for all newborn babies.
  • Telehealth appointments will be available for some of our services.
  • If we can’t get your two or three year old in for their Key Age and Stage visit, we will take your details and call you back to book an appointment in the coming weeks. 
  • The Victorian Government’s Maternal and Child Health Line is open 24 hours, seven days per week and can be contacted on 13 22 29.

Home visits and consultations

The Maternal and Child Health service will contact you when you are discharged from hospital to arrange a home visit.

After your first home visit, there will be nine appointments at key stages, including 2, 4 and 8 weeks; 4, 8, 12 and 18 months; and 2 and 3.5 years of age.

The nurse will check your child's health, growth and development, including hearing, vision, speech, and fine and gross motor skills. At each nurse appointment you can talk about your concerns or ask questions about your child and your parenting experience.

We can give you information about parenting and children, including:

  • infant feeding and nutrition,
  • sleep and settling strategies,
  • child behaviour and development,
  • family health and wellbeing, and
  • support for the emotional wellbeing of new parents.

Maternal and Child Health centres

Call 5320 5720 to make an appointment.

Appointments are available at our six centres on weekdays:

  • Ballarat: Girrabanya, 11B Steinfeld Street, Ballarat Central
  • Wendouree: Corner Gillies and Norman Streets, Wendouree
  • Buninyong: 208 Learmonth St, Buninyong
  • Sebastopol: 183 Albert St, Sebastopol
  • Bonshaw: 284 Morgan St, Sebastopol
  • Lucas: 17 Coltman Plaza, Lucas

Appointments can also be made at the Girrabanya Centre on the second Saturday of each month from 9am to 12pm.

Drop-in Maternal and Child Health services

No appointment is needed to use the MCH nurse drop in services at:

  • Parent Place, 39 Sturt St, Wednesdays 10am to 2pm
  • Wendouree Children’s Centre, corner Gillies and Norman Streets, Fridays 9am to noon (temporarily suspended)

To see a nurse from our MCH services team, please contact our Family and Children's Services team on 5320 5720 to make an appointment.

Do you need more information and support?

You can call the MCH Line on 13 22 29 at any time. The line is open 24 hours and is staffed by MCH nurses.

The Maternal and Child Health phone app has lots of information for families and is available in 10 languages.