The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service promotes physical, emotional and social health and well being to the families in Wodonga.
Your maternal and child health nurse will build a relationship with you, your child and your family.
Maternal and child health nurses are registered nurses and midwives who have tertiary qualifications in child and family health nursing. Individual nurses also have additional qualifications in paediatric nursing, immunisation and lactation consultant accreditation.
They aim to give you the very best support and the latest evidence-based information to promote your child’s development, and your well being as their parent.
We offer the following services for all families with children from birth to six years.
Universal maternal and child (MCH) health service
The universal MCH service delivers a free, universally accessible state-wide service for all families with children from birth to school-age.
The service supports families and their children with an emphasis on parenting, prevention and health promotion, developmental assessment, early detection and referral and social support.In addition, the MCH service provides a universal platform that can:
- Help to identify children and families who require further assessment, intervention, referral and/or support;
- Bring families together, foster social networks, support playgroups and strengthen local community connections; and
- Deliver other services and supports, such as family support services and immunisation.
The universal MCH services undertake 10 key ages and stages consultations.
They include an initial home visit, and consultations at two, four and eight weeks; four, eight, 12 and 18 months; and two and three and a half years of age. Additional consultations are also available as the families require.The service also provides phone consultations, group sessions such as the new parents groups, and community strengthening activities.
Enhanced maternal and child health service
The enhanced MCH service responds assertively to the needs of children and families who may be at risk, and in particular where there are multiple risk factors.This service is in addition to the suite of services offered through the universal MCH service.It provides a more intensive level of support, including short-term case management.
Support may be provided in a variety of settings such as the family’s home, the MCH centre or another location within the community. The Wodonga MCH enhanced home visiting service can be contacted on (02) 6056 1521.
Maternal and child health line
The MCH line (13 22 29) provides 24-hour phone advice, support, counselling and referral to families with children from birth to school-age.While the MCH line offers support and advice to parents, it is not an emergency service.The timetable for making an appointment at one of our six MCH centres is available to download below.
For a full listing of locations/contact details for Wodonga MCH centre, see the Early Years Service Directory or phone our MCH team on (02) 6022 9300.