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Maternal and Child Health



The Knox Maternal & Child Health 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, our Maternal and Child Health nurses 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.

Make an Appointment or Enquiry

For information about our services or to make an appointment, please call 9298 8741 from Monday to Friday 8:30am to 12:30pm.

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:

  • 2 weeks
  • 4 weeks
  • 8 weeks
  • 4 months
  • 8 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 3.5 years

How do we see a Maternal & Child Health Nurse?

If you have a newborn:


When your baby is born the hospital will advise council’s Maternal and Child Health service of the birth. Program support staff will phone you to arrange the date and time of the first appointment. This usually takes place in your own home. Ongoing support is available through our Maternal & Child Health Centres.

If you have moved into the area:


If you have recently moved to the City of Knox from overseas or elsewhere in Australia and have children less than 4 years of age, contact Maternal & Child Health directly on 9298 8741 Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 12:30pm.

What information does a Maternal & Child Health Nurse provide?

At your Maternal and Child Health Centre you will be provided with:

  • regular child health and developmental assessments
  • 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 - for further breastfeeding support
  • sleep and settling
  • infant & toddler nutrition
  • mother's health and wellbeing including postnatal depression
  • family planning
  • immunisation
  • play and safety
  • managing your child's behaviour
  • playgroups, child care options and pre school
  • support with family issues including family violence and relationships
  • first time parent groups

Find your nearest Maternal & Child Health Centre

Browse our map of Maternal Child Health centres in Knox or find the address in the table below.

Name of MCH Centre Street Suburb Postcode
Billoo Park 40 Birchfield Crescent Wantirna 3152
Blue Hills 41 Phyllis Street Bayswater 3153
Forest Road Cnr. Forest Road & Stockton Avenue Ferntree Gully 3156
Knoxfield 81 Anne Road Knoxfield 3180
Liberty 77 Liberty Avenue Rowville 3178
Murrindal 100 Murrindal Drive Rowville 3178
N. G. Haynes 10 Tamara Street Wantirna South 3152
Marie Chandler Park Crescent Boronia 3155
Wattleview Fuchsia Street Ferntree Gully 3156

Maternal and Child Health 24 hour Line - 13 22 29

Qualified Maternal and Child Health nurses provide information, support and advice to Victorian families with children from birth to school age (5 years old), 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Phone: 13 22 29

What if I need extra support?

The Knox Early Parenting Centre assists families who are in need of more intensive support within their home environment.
This includes:

  • Day Stay (Sleep Settling)
  • Sleep settling talks for parents
  • Post Natal Depression (PND) Support Group
  • Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Service.

For more information about these services please telephone your Maternal and Child Health Centre by calling 9298 8741.
There are also a range of services provided by other organisations, these can be found in our Parent Information - Help and Advice page.

Parent Information Sessions - Sleep and Settling

Settling babies and children into sleeping patterns that suit the families routine can be a challenge. The Maternal & Child Health Service provides information and strategies for families. "Settling In" and "Getting to Know your Baby" Information Sessions are held monthly. Please contact your nurse or the central booking line on 9298 8741.

List of Parent Information Sessions for children 0-12 months of age.

For further sleep and settling support and/or information contact the following:

Parenting Groups

First time parent groups


First time parent groups are for parents with new babies.

A range of parenting topics are discussed at the sessions, which are held once a week, for six weeks. An invitation will be sent to you. Please contact your MCH nurse for more information or if you have not received an invitation.

Post Natal Depression Support Group


In partnership with the Knox Community Health Service this group offers support to women and their families experiencing Post Natal Depression.

For more information please contact your Maternal and Child Health Nurse on 9298 8741.

Playgroups

Playgroups operate within the Knox Maternal and Child Health Centres for children aged birth to preschool age. View our Knox Playgroups page for more information.

  • Learn some strategies to help your child's early learning.
  • Meet other parents and carers.
  • Give your child a chance to enjoy playing with other children.

Toy Libraries

Knox and District Toy Library operates like a book library and caters for children from babies to 6 years old. We have a variety of toys, puzzles and games appropriate to their stage of development.

Location: Rosa Benedikt Centre, 11-13 Gerda Street, Scoresby VIC 3179.
Telephone: 0424 265 790.
Hours: Every Friday and Saturday 10am-12pm except for public holiday weekends.
Knox Toy Library

Immunisation

Immunisation is a free service provided by the City of Knox to protect the health and wellbeing of your children. Immunisation not only protects your child from serious diseases, but also other children in the community. Council runs a number of public immunisation sessions every month at a range of local community centres.

How do I get my child immunised?

'No Jab No Play' Early Years Services Immunisations & Enrolment

Our service commitment

Knox City Council 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 form, available in centre waiting rooms or phone the Maternal and Child Health Coordinator on 9298 8309.

All of your personal information is treated in confidence and in accordance with the Information Privacy Act 2000 and the Health Records Act 2001.

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