Maternal and Child Health
The City of Greater Dandenong Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service is a free, confidential service providing child health and developmental checks, information, advice and support to families with young children from birth until 6 years of age.
In addition to general nurse and midwife qualifications, Maternal and Child Health nurse have completed further studies in family, child and community health. Your nurse’s knowledge and skills are continually updated to ensure the parenting and child health information and advice provided to you is up to date.
When should my child see the Maternal & Child Health Nurse?
It is important to have your child checked by the Maternal & Child Health Nurse at the following key ages and stages:
- New baby
- 2 weeks
- 4 weeks
- 8 weeks
- 4 months
- 8 months
- 12 months
- 18 months
- 2 years
- 3.5 - 4 years
Download the Maternal and Child Health Service '10 Key Visits' brochure (PDF 371KB) for more information.
If you have a newborn:
When your baby is born the hospital will advise council’s Maternal and Child Health service of the birth. Administration staff or your Maternal and Child Health Nurse will phone you to arrange the date and time of the first appointment. This usually takes place in your own home. For other checks, you will be asked to attend your Maternal & Child Health Centre.
If you have moved into the area:
If you have recently moved to the City of Greater Dandenong from overseas or elsewhere in Australia and have children less than 4 years of age, contact Maternal & Child Health directly on 8571 1880 (Monday to Thursday, 8.30am–4:30pm and Friday, 8.30am–4pm.
An SMS text message appointment reminder will usually be sent to you the day before each of your Maternal and Child Health centre bookings.
What information does Maternal and Child Health provide?
At your Maternal and Child Health Centre you will be provided with:
- regular child health and developmental checks
- screening and referral to additional services if required
You will also receive information about a range of parenting topics and issues, including:
- breastfeeding (lactation consultants available for further support) and bottle feeding
- sleep and settling
- starting healthy baby foods and dental health
- mother's health and wellbeing including postnatal depression
- family planning
- sleep and settling
- play and safety
- managing your child's behaviour
- playgroups, child care options and pre school
- support with family issues including domestic violence and relationships
What if I need extra support?
The Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Service assists families who are in need of more intensive support within their home environment.
Referrals are made by your local Maternal and Child Health Nurse. Please speak to your nurse if you think you are in need of this service.
New parent groups
New parent groups are for parents with babies aged 0-6 months old. While mainly first-time parents attend, if you have other children and missed out on attending a group in the past, you are welcome to attend.
A range of parenting topics are discussed at the sessions, which are held in the morning and afternoon, once a week, for six weeks. Some groups are also provided in languages other than English.
For more information or to make a booking phone 8571 1812.
Maternal and Child Health Service Centre Locations
To make an appointment at your nearest centre simply phone 8571 1880. Use our locations tool to find out which centre is closest to you.
Dandenong, corner of Benga Avenue and Hemmings Street, Dandenong (located in the Dandenong West Primary School grounds)
Dandenong, rear of 186 Forster Street East (located in the Dandenong Primary School grounds)
Dandenong, 39 Clow Street, Dandenong
Dandenong South, 21 Canberra Avenue, Dandenong South
Albanian and Dari interpreter sessions available
Dandenong North, 70A McFees Road, Dandenong
Shalimar Centre, 1 Milan Court, Dandenong North
Chandler Centre, 162 Bloomfield Road, Keysborough
Vietnamese and Khmer interpreter sessions available
Keysborough Maternal & Child Health Centre, 364 Cheltenham Road, Keysborough
Paddy O'Donoghue Centre, 18-32 Buckley Street, Noble Park
Noble Park North, 2 Bakers Road, Noble Park
Springvale Service for Children, 26-28 Lightwood Road, Springvale
Khmer, Vietnamese and Burmese interpreter sessions available
Darren Reserve, 3 Gillian Street, Springvale
Vietnamese interpreter sessions available
Springvale Rise, corner of Amiel and Wareham Streets, Springvale
Our service committment
The City of Greater Dandenong Maternal and Child Health Service is committed to providing the very best service possible to you and your family. Client satisfaction surveys are conducted on a regular basis, but your feedback on how you have found the service is welcome any time. You can either complete a client feedback sheet (available from your nurse) or phone the Maternal and Child Health Coordinator on 8571 1809.
All of your personal information is treated in confidence and in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2000 and the Health Records Act 2001.