Maternal and Child Health

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Coronavirus update 

Council’s Maternal and Child Health services will be operating at reduced capacity until further notice. Please note:

From 23 March our service is reducing face to face contact wherever possible and offering the MCH services, including home visit with a telephone consultation.

  • We will prioritise essential face to face appointments only for at risk and high needs parents and children
  • We will minimise the physical contact by only offering face to face contact for up to 15 minutes
  • Clients with previously booked appointments will have a text message sent to them that the appointment has been changed to a telephone consultation.

We ask clients to please contact 97841756 if they wish to make MCH appointments.

  • All previously scheduled appointments will go ahead as telephone consultations
  • Priority will be given to babies 8 weeks and below however telephone consultations for older children are available
  • All Drop In sessions are cancelled until further notice
  • All New Parent Groups and Parent Education Sessions are cancelled until further notice
  • Supported Playgroups are cancelled until further notice. All enquiries email: playgroups@frankston.vic.gov.au
  • Home Visits for new babies will continue but will be via telephone consultation initially. A precautionary screening will continue to occur over the phone when we confirm your appointment
  • If you have any questions please call 9784 1756 and request to speak to an MCH nurse
  • If you have an appointment scheduled and are unwell, we ask that you call 9784 1756 to reschedule your appointment.

More information on impacted Council services, events, facilities and more.

Information for parents with infants and young children - Department of Health and Human Services 27 March 2020 (237KB)

 

Frankston City's Maternal and Child Health Service promotes the health and wellbeing of children from birth to 6 years of age. Our qualified Maternal and Child Health practitioners provide screening, advice and support on your child’s growth, development and health needs, including:

  • Safe sleeping
  • Breastfeeding
  • Nutrition
  • Safety
  • Oral health
  • Immunisation advice
  • Vision screening

Key ages and stages of development are:

2 weeks                                   4 weeks

8 weeks                                   4 months

8 months                                 1 year

18 months                               2 years

3 ½ years

Autism spectrum early detection

Our Maternal Child Health (MCH) Nurses are trained to recognise early signs and symptoms in children who may be on the autism spectrum. MCH nurses are also educated to assist parents and carers to identify possible early signs of autism at home and any concerns can be raised with an MCH nurse during a regular check up or during an appointment.

A broader awareness of autism behaviours means children can receive intervention sooner. Early diagnosis and intervention in children on the autism spectrum is critical, to assist with improved social and educational outcomes later life. If your child is identified as having additional needs, we can connect your family with NDIS funded and delivered support services.

The education for MCH Nurses state-wide was funded by the Victorian Government, as part of a $1.1 million training initiative.

Download the ASDetect app to your phone.

To book an appointment with your MCH nurse, see details below.

Maternal and Child Health Contacts

Council offers young families the convenience of one contact point to make or change appointments with their Maternal and Child Health (MCH) centre. This central booking phone number is: 9784 1756 and is available Monday through to Friday from 9am – 3pm.

A State Government 24 hour MCH line is also available on 132 229 staffed by qualified nurses who can provide over-the-phone information, advice and referrals.

In an emergency, phone 000.

Find your closest Maternal and Child Health Centre

There are 14 Maternal and Child Health centres within Frankston City:

You do not have to attend the Centre you are allocated to. You can contact your preferred centre to discuss transferring. 

Drop-in sessions

Council hold free drop in maternal and child health sessions for families in Frankston City. Come in and receive advice and support on your child’s growth, development and health needs.

Drop-in sessions are held at:

Frankston North Community Centre

26 Mahogany Avenue, Frankston North

Thursdays 9am–12pm

Breastfeeding support drop-in sessions 

Thursdays, 1–3.30pm, Botany Park Maternal Child Health Centre, 53 Lyrebird Drive, Carrum Downs
Phone: 9784 1756
FREE, no booking required
Bus: 833

We encourage you to come at the start of the session so your baby can have the opportunity to have their feeding observed by a Maternal and Child Health Nurse who will listen to your story, offer tips and advice, and work with you to help achieve your feeding goals.

What to bring:

  • A drink such as water
  • Nappies, wipes, change of clothes and bib for baby
  • Any equipment you are using to feed your baby at home
  • Your child’s  Health Record book (green book)
  • Your child's own toy for them to use

What to expect:

You may be here for five minutes or the whole session depending on how willing your baby is to feed and how many attend.

This is a drop in service so come and relax in a friendly supportive environment where mums, bubs and Maternal and Child Health Nurses work together to find the best fit for each family.

Bookings

  • For all appointments and information, phone the central booking line on 9784 1756.
  • The central booking line is available Monday to Friday, 9am - 3pm.

Call the central booking line to make your child's 8 month Key Age and Stage (KAS) appointment with your Maternal Child Health Nurse.

MCH App Available

Finding reliable information between your Maternal and Child Health (MCH) visits can be challenging for families. The Victorian Government’s new MCH App combines trustworthy information and time-saving features, into one simple digital tool.

Features include:

  • ‘Nora’, the app’s digital assistant who can answer most common child health queries
  • A library of information on popular health and development topics
  • Click-to-call contacts
  • Prompts for upcoming MCH consultations
  • Regular updates and messages

This free app can be personalised and is available for all Apple and Android smartphones. Download from your App Store or visit the website below:

Maternal and Child Health Framework

The hospital will send our Administration team your baby's birth notice and one of our Maternal and Child Health Nurses will contact you to arrange a Home Visit.

There are 10 Key Ages and Stages which consist of:

  • Home Visit
  • 2 weeks
  • 4 weeks
  • 8 weeks
  • 4 months
  • 8 months
  • 1 year
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 3 1/2 years

If you feel you need further support you are welcome to contact you’re the Central Bookings line on 9784 1756. Alternatively, a 24 hour MCH line is available on 132 229. In an emergency, phone 000.

What to bring?

  • A change of clothes for the child
  • A comfort rug
  • Plastic bag for dirty nappy
  • Child Health Record book
  • Your child's own toy for them to use

Please note: Council has a policy of not allowing disposable nappies to be disposed of at the centre.

Services available

Consultations

  • Centre consultations
  • Growth and development assessment
  • Home visiting
  • Lactation consultancy

Family Support

  • Group programs
  • Guidance and advice on nutrition and parenting
  • Information on local community resources, services and agencies
  • New Parent groups

Health Advice

  • Child and women's health issues
  • Vision screening
  • Referrals for hearing tests are available
  • Immunisation
  • Referral to appropriate professionals

Health Promotion

  • Behaviour and development
  • Child and family nutrition and dental health
  • Home safety and accident prevention

Saturday Sessions

Saturday morning MCH sessions are available every alternate Saturday from 9am-12pm.

Location:
Seaford Centre
41 Railway Parade
Seaford

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