Maternal & child health services during COVID

In line with the easing of government restrictions, the Maternal and Child Health Service is resuming face-to-face consultations from Monday, 9 June.

Over the last few months, we have been guided by advice from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and have been undertaking telephone consultations with essential 15 minute face to face appointments for priority groups and young infants 0-8 weeks. If community transition of COVID 19 remains low, it is expected that we will have resumption of full MCH service delivery from 1 July 2020, through a staged approach.  

We know it’s an anxious time for everyone, especially if you’ve just welcomed a new baby.

We have made some changes to how we work to minimise the risk of virus spread, but please know we are here for you and your family

Changes due to COVID-19

  • From Tuesday 9 June, MCH has resumed routine face to face consultations for all infants and children unless families request to receive a telephone consultation instead.
  • Families are encouraged to keep up to date with scheduled Key Age and Stage consultations including an initial home visit consultation, consultations at 2, 4 and 8 weeks; 4, 8, 12 and 18 months, 2 and 3.5 years.  
  • Face to face appointments will be limited to one parent/carer and their child unless in extenuating circumstances.
  • For the safety of all, strict infection control and physical distancing rules will be in place at all times.
  • Open sessions are currently suspended – please feel free to contact the Central Booking Number on 1300 644 964 with any concerns and we can arrange an appointment.
  • First Time Parent Groups are currently being held online.

Further information

For the most current information, resources and advice please visit the Department of Health and Human Services website.

Download this fact sheet - Information for parents with infants and young children(PDF, 334KB) - from the Victorian Maternal and Child Health Services.

Visit the Raising Children website for more information about the coronavirus and children.