Maternal and Child Health

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COVID-19 Update

Maternal and Child Health and Immunisation services are continuing during the current COVID-19 response period.

Please note:  The childhood immunisation clinic has been relocated from Sebastopol Library to Bonshaw Early Learning Centre.

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. 

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

City of Ballarat Maternal & Child Health (MCH) programs continue to be reviewed to ensure community and staff safety with respect to COVID-19.  It is a priority to preserve essential MCH services for families with very young babies, and for families who require additional support. 
 
From Monday August 3, the City of Ballarat MCH program will prioritise children from 0 to 18 months and temporarily suspend services for older children. 
•    Telehealth, supplemented by a brief face to face service, will be provided to all booked families. 
•    Parents are requested to arrive at MCH centre and wait in the car until the MCH nurse phones.
•    Following telephone discussion, our nurse will provide an opportunity to attend on-site for a brief face-to-face child assessment.
•    While in MCH facilities, only one primary care giver can accompany the child and they will be required to wear a mask or face covering.
•    Health screening will occur; unwell clients will need to delay or reschedule their appointment.
•    Home visiting (supported by telehealth) will continue to be offered to all newborn babies.
•    Children due for two and three and a half year old Key Age and Stage visits can book to a waiting list by phoning 5320 5720; alternatively, families are encouraged to make contact later in the year to receive this service for their child.
•    The MCH Line is also open 24 hours, seven days per week and can be contacted on 12 22 29.

 

 

 

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 -temporarily unavailable

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.

Do you need more information and support?

Call the MCH Line on 13 22 29. The line is open 24 hours and staffed by MCH nurses.

Download the MCH Phone App. Full of useful resource for families and is available in 10 languages.

 

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