Brimbank,
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June
2018
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Getting to know the Maternal and Child Health Team

Summary

Did you know that on average more than 2,800 babies are born in Brimbank each year? From growth and development to support around physical health and nutrition, our team of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurses assist families with all aspects of parenting and care for children in the community.

Meet the Maternal and Child Health Team

Our team of 22 Maternal and Child Health nurses are responsible for providing health and developmental checks for children aged 0-3.5 years.

For the past 100 years, MCH nurses have been there for Brimbank families. Their expert advice on all aspects of parenting – from growth and development to sleeping and child safety – has earned them a special place in the hearts of generations of families across Brimbank.

What do they do?

All parents and carers will have come across a Maternal and Child Health nurse in one of our eight MCH centres in Brimbank - along with the family support, breast-feeding centres and enhanced MCH services, which provide additional support for families.

The MCH service is about supporting families and working together to ensure the best outcomes for our children growing up in the community.

Our MCH nurses are part of our local community. With their ongoing commitment to parents and families, Council is able to offer such a vital service to our community.

All families are entitled to visit a MCH nurse at 10 key stages of development, from between the age of birth and 3.5 years.

The Maternal and Child Health nurses provide services on a range of topics like:

  • Health and development
  • Nutrition
  • Sleep and settling
  • Parental health and wellbeing
  • Child safety
  • Immunisation
  • Infant/child behaviours
  • Links and referral to other support services
  • Parent support groups

At any one time, around 23,000 children are enrolled in Brimbank’s MCH service. That’s a lot of babies and young families to care for.

As well as our MCH centres, there is also a new mobile MCH service available to families living in Brimbank. Keep your eye out for the newly converted mobile MCH bus, now making these services even more accessible to the community.

We want to make sure our babies and young children get a great start in life. The MCH outreach service creates another safe and welcoming environment for new parents and their families.

We also provide a free breastfeeding support service with Tweddle Child & Family Health Service for families with babies up to 4 months of age by referral from our MCH nurse.

In addition to centres across Brimbank, there is also a MCH Health Line (13 22 29), a phone service offering 24/7 support to any family with a young child.

There is also a free Maternal and Child Health App (available at Google Play or the iTunes Store) making it easy for families to find information.

How can you get help?

Brimbank’s MCH service operates Monday to Friday, and bookings are available by calling 9249 4433. The service also offers drop-in sessions (no appointment required) at the seven MCH locations. For more information visit brimbank.vic.gov.au