Maternal and Child Health
Maternal and Child Health and Immunisation services are continuing during the current COVID-19 response period.
As a protective measure, City of Ballarat Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Immunisation programs have been modified to ensure the ongoing good health of community and our staff. Both programs have implemented health screening questions prior to you attending City of Ballarat facilities. These changes came into effect on Wednesday 25 March 2020.
Please do not attend your appointment if either yourself or someone in your household is unwell. Phone 5320 5500 if you need to discuss this further or reschedule an appointment.
COVID-19 Maternal and Child Health Services
The MCH program will provide consultations predominantly by telephone, or other electronic means. A MCH Nurse will contact you by telephone at your scheduled appointment time. Please do not attend MCH sites until you have spoken with the nurse.
With respect to newborn home visiting services, the MCH program request families provide a suitable space for the nurse to conduct the brief consultation with one carer and child. This requirement will allow a service to continue to be offered to families in the current climate. For any consultation that occurs at the MCH consulting rooms, only one primary carer can be present with one child. Extended family, siblings and partners are requested not to attend our facilities at this time.
The MCH Line is also open 24 hours 7 days per week and can be contacted on 13 22 29.
COVID-19 Immunisation Services
Immunisation teams are implementing health screening measures prior to you attending your scheduled appointment. Only one primary care giver and a child can be present during immunisation. Extended family, siblings and partners are requested not to attend our facilities at present. These measures enable essential service delivery to continue, and protects families and the City of Ballarat health care workforce.
Our Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service is free for City of Ballarat families with babies and children, from birth to school age.
This service supports families with helpful information on a wide variety of topics in early parenting, child health and development, and family health and wellbeing issues. Maternal and Child Health can provide specialist referrals and help to link families with local community based supports, and enable social connections with other parents.
Maternal and Child Health Nurses are registered nurses and registered midwives with additional tertiary qualifications in maternal and child health nursing in preparation for community based work with families.
Home visits and consultations
The MCH service will contact you when you are discharged from hospital to arrange a home visit.
After your first home visit, there will be nine consultations 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 review your child's health, growth and development, including hearing, vision, speech and fine and gross motor skills. At each nurse consultation you can discuss any concerns you may have relating to your child, and your early parenting experience.
Information can be provided on parenting and child-related topics including:
- infant feeding and nutrition
- sleep and settling strategies
- child behaviour and development
- family health and wellbeing
- 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: 160 Eleanor Drive, Lucas
Appointments are also available at the Girrabanya Centre on the second Saturday of each month from 9am to 12pm.
Drop-in Maternal and Child Health services (temporarily suspended)
No appointment is needed to use the MCH nurse drop in/open clinic services at:
- Parent Place, 39 Sturt St, Wednesdays 10am-2.30pm (temporarily suspended)
- Wendouree Children’s Centre, corner Gillies and Norman Streets, Fridays 9am-noon (temporarily suspended)
To access Maternal and Child Health services, visits by appointment remain available - please contact the City of Ballarat's Families and Children’s administration team on 5320 5720 to access this option.