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Important notice - last updated Monday 10 August

Read the latest COVID-19 health care information for parents with infants and young children from the Department of Health and Human Services.

COVID-19 update

We continue to provide support to families during the COVID-19 pandemic through an alternative service delivery model.

The consultation will commence with a telehealth appointment (phone/video call) and may be supplemented by short face-to-face consultations for weight checks, physical examination, breastfeeding support and developmental checks.

Priority face-to-face appointments will be offered to all families with infants 0-8 weeks, Aboriginal infants and children with additional needs.

Please note: a face-to-face consultation will not proceed if the parent/carer refuses to wear a surgical mask while attending for a centre appointment without valid reason consistent with State Government requirements (we will supply you with a face mask if you don’t have one already). In this situation, the client will be redirected to their General Practitioner.

 

What to expect at your appointment

Families will initially receive a phone consultation (if your baby is 0-8 weeks a face-to-face short consultation will also be booked in) around the time of their child’s appointment. During the phone consultation the MCH nurse will discuss the next steps and may offer a short face-to-face appointment.

Please note: If you or a person in your household has experienced a headache, fever, dry cough or shortness of breath in the past 24 hours, or if anyone has been tested or diagnosed with COVID-19 or been in close contact with someone who has, then you cannot attend a centre. Please call 9240 1111 and select option 2 to reschedule.

If you are attending a centre for an appointment, please bring:

  • a surgical face mask (otherwise this will be provided)
  • a clean blanket to cover the scales
  • your child’s green book ‘My health, Learning and Development Record’
  • a pen

If you are running late, please call 9240 1111 and select option 2 to reschedule. We are unable to accommodate late arrivals as we maintain physical distancing requirements and undertake additional cleaning.

If you need to make or change an appointment for your child next health check, please call the Maternal and Child Health booking line on 9240 1111 and select option 2 between 9am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Conditions of entry to a Maternal and Child Health centre

  • All staff and families attending a centre must be well and free of any illness symptoms.
  • Consistent with State Government requirements, all staff and people over 12 years old must wear a surgical mask to enter the facility.
  • Only one carer and the child booked for the appointment can attend.
  • Hand sanitiser must be used upon entry to the centre.
  • All persons must answer COVID-19 screening questions and have their temperature checked on arrival.
  • Physical distancing requirements must be followed. The only exception to this is when a nurse performs a physical assessment of a child.

 

How we're delivering our services

0 - 8 week-old babies

All our Maternal and Child Health centres are open and continue to provide telehealth and a short short face-to-face consultations with your nurse for your Home Visit, 2 week, 4 week, 8 week Key Age and Stage (KAS) appointment. Your nurse will book these in with you.

4 month - 3.5 years Key Age and Stage (KAS) appointments

These appointments are currently being delivered via telehealth. If required your nurse will invite you in for a short face-to-face consultation at the centre.

Any questions contact our MCH team on 9240 1111 and select option 2.

New Parent Groups

Our new parent groups and dads groups will continue online until further notice.

Breastfeeding support

As of 15 June 2020, Moreland went back to to providing face-to-face breastfeeding support every Wednesday to families via an appointment system at our Coburg Maternal and Child Health Centre.

You can book your one on one appointment with our team via our booking line on 9240 1111 and by selecting option 2. Where possible we request for only the mother and child to attend the appointment.

All appointments need to be made via the booking line as we are not taking drop ins at the moment due to COVID-19.

For general enquiries contact our Maternal and Child Health team on 9240 1111 and select option 2.

Immunisation sessions

Our Council-run immunisation services are still running and appointments must be made before you can attend. All sessions are at Coburg Town Hall, 90 Bell St, Coburg with plenty of parking on Urquhart Street. 

Please call us on 9240 1111 and select option 2, or email sd-immunisation@moreland.vic.gov.au for any queries.

 

Looking for more information?

Breastfeeding Support is available. Please speak to your MCH nurse for information or call our booking line on 9240 1111 and select option 2 to speak to our team.

New Parent Groups will continue via an online platform until further notice.

Dads Groups will continue via an online platform until further notice.

The 24-hour Maternal and Child Health Line is always available on 13 22 29.

The 'Information for parents with infants and young children' factsheet from Victorian Maternal and Child Health Services is available below:

The Raising Children website has information about the coronavirus and children.