Bringing home your baby from hospital is an exciting and sometimes daunting experience, particularly for first time parents.
The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service is a free service available to all families with children from birth through to school age. The MCH service supports families in the areas of parenting, health and wellbeing, growth and development.
The service also refers families where necessary to other professionals and links them with other families in the local community.
Campaspe Shire Council offers both universal and enhanced services.
Universal MCH service
Campaspe’s maternal and child health nurses will see your family at least ten times in the first three and a half years of your child’s life. Known as the "Key Ages and Stages" consultations you will see the nurse at:
- home with your new baby
- two weeks (at the maternal and child health centre from here on)
- four weeks
- eight weeks
- four months
- eight months
- 12 months
- 18 months
- two years
- and three and a half years.
At each consultation, families are given the chance to discuss their concerns, talk about their parenting experiences and learn how to improve their child’s health, growth and development.
There is also a flexible service component which includes first time parent groups, community strengthening activities and additional consultations or telephone consultations as required.
Enhanced MCH service
The Enhanced MCH Service responds to the needs of children and families at risk of poor outcomes, in particular where there are multiple risk factors. This service is provided in addition to the suite of services offered through the universal MCH service. It provides a more intensive level of support to families who need it. Support may be provided in a variety of settings, including the family home, or the maternal and child health centre.
There are 10 maternal and child health centres across the shire. For all bookings or enquiries please contact Campaspe Maternal and Child Health Service Central Booking Line: 1300 644 964.
Colbinabbin Memorial Hall
36-38 Mitchell Street, Colbinabbin
398 High Street, Echuca
Njernda Aboriginal Health Clinic
208 McKinlay Street, Echuca
Phone 5480 6252
1 Wilson Street, Gunbower
148a Fenaughty Street, Kyabram
Bush Nursing Centre
31-37 Panoo Road, Lockington
Tongala Health, KDHS
37 Mangan Street, Tongala
Stanhope Health, KDHS
35 Birdwood Avenue, Stanhope
Rochester and Elmore District Health Service
1 Pascoe Street, Rochester
Campaspe Shire Customer Service Centre
33 High Street, Rushworth
24 hour MCH advice line
All Victorian families have access to a free 24-hour telephone advice line, where they can get information, advice, support, counselling and referrals regarding their children. It is for families with children from birth to school age.
Call 132 229 any time of the night or day. Please note, this is NOT an emergency service. In case of an emergency phone 000.