Brimbank City Council has welcomed an announcement by Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos MP, of an expansion of the State-wide Enhanced Maternal and Child Health service, and the introduction of newly revised program guidelines.
Photo (L-R): Sarah and her children, Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos MP; Member for St Albans, Natalie Suleyman MP; Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice.
The expanded Enhanced Maternal and Child Health service will support more families experiencing vulnerability with children from birth to three years of age.
The State Government has boosted funding in Brimbank to more than $874,000 in 2018/19, to ensure an adequate level of care is offered to more families.
Mayor of Brimbank, Cr Margaret Giudice said that Council welcomes the State Government’s increased funding and support in helping areas like Brimbank to deliver much needed services for vulnerable families facing disadvantage.
“The expanded Enhanced Maternal and Child Health service will assist Council in providing a more intensive level of support for families with young children – from birth up until their child turns three.
“The expanded service will help us provide vital support and advice on a child’s development and ensure our children get the best start in life.
“Brimbank welcomes around 2,800 new babies each year, which is one of the highest birth rates in Victoria.
“It is important that we can bring an expanded Enhanced Maternal and Child Health service to the community, and offer a program that helps us better cater for the growing needs of families living in Brimbank.
“Providing more help for parents as they prepare their children for kindergarten is a vital step in making real improvements to the health and wellbeing of our community,” Cr Giudice said.