The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service is a free preventative health and wellbeing service available for all Victorian families with children from birth to school age, regardless of Medicare or visa status.  

The MCH Service is designed to give parents support, advice and information about child and family health issues and monitor growth, health, development and behaviour in infants and young children.

Wyndham are still experiencing the impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic, including ongoing staff shortages. This, combined with increased service demand for MCH Services, means Wyndham is currently providing MCH services for:

  • Youngest infants, children and families first
  • All Aboriginal infants, children and families
  • All children and families with additional needs or concerns, including families on the Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Program and those with COVID-19

Wyndham is also targeting services to children and families who have missed multiple Key Age and Stage visits due to changes in MCH service delivery arrangements during COVID.

To ensure each family across Wyndham have access to the information from our MCH services, Council are excited to announce the launch of a new online tool for parents. You can now access information about your child’s growth and development between the ages of 0 – 4 years via the below interactive video.

About Maternal and Child Health (MCH)

The Maternal and Child Health service is a free service and works in partnership with families with babies and young children, until they start kindergarten.  The visits focus on optimising child and family health, development, well-being, safety, learning and behaviour.

Key Age and Stage (KAS) appointments

The routine MCH appointments cover 10 key stages of your child's growth and development. The visits focus on optimising child and family health, development, wellbeing, safety, learning and behaviour.

These are:

Don’t forget your ‘green book’

When your baby was born, you should have received a copy of My Health, Learning and Development – green book. This book belongs to you and your baby and is full of information about early child development, and services and support.

Always take it with you when you visit your nurse, doctor, dentist, or other health professionals seeing your child and ask them to complete entries after each visit. It should also be used to record immunisations.

Each time you see your Maternal and Child Health nurse, jot down any issues or concerns and fill out the sections on your child’s growth and development. If you keep it up to date, it will become an important family record from birth to adolescence.

If you don’t have a ‘green book’, let your nurse know.

Enhanced Maternal & Child Health Program

The Enhanced Maternal & Child Health Service is a more targeted service for families who may need some extra support, such as families with babies or children with ongoing health issues or parents experiencing mental health, family or social issues.

Referrals for the enhanced service are made by your Maternal and Child Health Nurse.

List of MCH services

Wyndham City provides Maternal and Child Health services from a number of centre locations across the municipality.

Find your local service

For any questions, please call 1300 370 567.

New Parent Information & Support

Breastfeeding Support

We understand that breastfeeding can be extremely challenging for parents, so our Maternal and Child Health nurses are here to help. They are able to provide reassurance, information and support as you overcome common hurdles.

If you would like to speak to one of our specialist lactation consultants, who will be able to support you and answer any questions you might have, please call our Child and Family Support line on 1300 370 567 or complete the below form to arrange an appointment.

Submit a Breastfeed Support Request

Sleep and Settling Program

Wyndham City Council in partnership with Maribyrnong and Hobsons City Councils are excited to offer FREE sleep and settling sessions to parents.

Learn about your baby’s sleep patterns at different ages, and settling strategies for your baby as they move through different stages of development.

Find out more

More Information and Resources

  • Australian Breastfeeding Association has Information on breastfeeding and access to local support groups. For 24/7 helpline for breastfeeding mothers, call 1800 686 268.
  • Better Health: General health information
  • Continence Foundation of Australia: Information and fact sheets for pelvic floor strengthening and toilet training for children
  • Drummond Street Services supports families and individuals, promotes connected and inclusive communities and drives innovation and research into family support interventions.
  • GenWest is a family violence support service. They also deliver programs that support communities to lead safe and healthy lives.
  • Kidsafe Victoria: Information and fact sheets on all aspects of childhood safety
  • Maternal and Child Health app is a FREE app where you can access all your child’s health and Information on your mobile device
  • Maternal Child Health Line is available on 13 22 29.  The Line is staffed 24 hours, 7 days a week by qualified MCH Nurses and provides confidential support and advice about the care and health of your child (from birth to school age)
  • PANDA: Supports women, men and families affected by anxiety and depression during pregnancy and early parenthood. National helpline (Mon-Sat): 1300 726 306
  • Raising Children Network has extensive information on all aspects of parenting.
  • Royal Children’s Hospital’s general fact sheets and information on specific illnesses
  • Tweddle: Sleep support for parents of babies and children. Website includes referral information for day and residential programs and fact sheets
  • Wyndham Child & Family Directory provides information about early years services and supports available for children 0-12 years old and their parents.

A new online tool for parents!

To ensure each family across Wyndham have access to the information from our MCH services, Council are excited to announce the launch of a new online tool for parents. You can now access information about your child’s growth and development between the ages of 0 – 4 years via the below interactive video.

Interpreting services

Interpreting services: If you need an interpreter, call TIS National on 131 450.
If you are deaf or have a hearing or speech impairment: you can call Council through the National Relay Service (NRS).

  • TTY users phone 133 677 then ask for 03 9742 0777.
  • Speak and Listen (speech-to-speech relay) users phone 1300 555 727 then ask for 03 9742 0777.
  • Internet relay users connect to the NRS and then ask for 03 9742 0777.
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