Maternal and Child Health

Overview

Murrindindi's Maternal and Child Health service is a free and confidential service that provides professional advice on the health and development of your child from birth to 6 years. Available services include

  • information on infant feeding - both breast feeding and formula feeding
  • introduction to solid food and general nutrition
  • immunisation
  • childhood illness
  • guidance on prevention of childhood injury
  • sleeping and settling
  • behaviour management and positive parenting

Click here for contact details to book an appointment with one of our Maternal and Child Health Nurses.

Click here for information on Council supported playgroups in Murrindindi Shire.

Click here for childcare options in Murrindindi Shire.

You can also follow our Murrindindi Children's Network Facebook page or download the App on Google Play or App Store.

Maternal and Child Health Centre Locations

Alexandra Maternal and Child Health Centre

Perkins Street, Alexandra

5772 0399 or 0437 884 811

Hours: Mondays and Fridays from 9am - 4pm (by appointment)

 

Eildon Maternal and Child Health Centre

By appointment only. Please call 0437 884 811 to book your appointment.

 

Flowerdale Maternal and Child Health Centre

Flowerdale Primary School and Early Learning Centre, 6525 Yea-Whittlesea Road, Flowerdale

0437 884 811

Tuesdays from 1pm - 4pm (by appointment)

 

Kinglake Maternal and Child Health Centre

Kinglake Ranges Children's Centre, 37-69 Extons Road, Kinglake

5786 1337 or 0427 368 584

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am - 4pm (by appointment)

 

Marysville Maternal and Child Health Centre

Marysville Primary School and Early Learning Centre, 15 Falls Road, Marysville

0437 884 811

Tuesdays from 9am - 12noon (by appointment)

 

Toolangi Maternal and Child Health Centre

By appointment only. Please call 5786 1337 or 0427 368 584 to book your appointment.

 

Yea Maternal and Child Health Centre

Yea Children's Centre, The Semi Circle, Yea

0427 368 584

Fridays from 9am - 4pm (by appointment)

 

Maternal Child Health (MCH) App

 

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The free MCH App provides a modern digital solution and a resource families can use every day for trusted information on child and maternal health. Features of the App include:

  • Nora, the App's digital assistance, 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
  • personalisation

You can download the App on Google Play or via the App Store.

Health Records

Council’s Maternal Child Health service providers collect Child Health Record information. We take privacy and confidentiality seriously, and this information is handled in accordance with the Health Records Act 2001(Vic) and only shared if the child’s primary care giver provides consent or where required by law.

Click here(PDF, 505KB) to read the Health Records Act 2001.

Immunisation

A comprehensive childhood immunisation service is provided throughout the Shire and offered free to all children aged between 6 months old and less than 5 years old. Our experienced nurses are available to discuss your child’s immunisation program and give the required vaccines. 

Immunisation sessions are conducted in Yea, Kinglake and Alexandra by appointment only. To book an appointment, please call 0436 936 677.

Click here(PDF, 460KB) to download the 2020 Immunisation timetable.

Click here(PDF, 3MB) to download the 2021 Immunisation timetable.

To learn more about immunisation, please visit betterhealth.vic.gov.au and search 'immunisation', speak with your GP or contact Council's Maternal Child Health Coordinator on 0436 936 677.

Immunisation History Statements

You can view your child's immunisation history by using your Medicare online account. To access your child's Immunisation History Statement

  • go to my.gov.au and sign in to your Medicare online account. If you do not have a myGov account, you can create one and then link it to your Medicare account; or

  • use the Express Plus Medicare mobile app. If you don’t have the app, you can download it to your smart phone or tablet. For more information, go to humanservices.gov.au/expressplus

Please note that if your child is 14 years of age or over they will need to sign into or create their own Medicare online account through myGov to view their immunisation history statement.  You will not be able to view their immunisation history statement in your account. If you are unable to access the immunisation history statement online, you can obtain a copy by calling the Immunisation Register on 1800 653 809.

For more information about immunisation requirements and payments click here.


Programs and Activities

First Time Parent Groups

First Time Parent Groups run in Alexandra, Kinglake and Yea. For more information, contact your nearest Maternal and Child Health Centre.  

Swimming Pools

Council operates outdoor swimming pools in Alexandra, Eildon, Marysville and Yea. Click here for more information.

Murrindindi Library Service

Our libraries in Alexandra, Kinglake and Yea run storytime sessions as follows:

Alexandra Library - Thursdays from 11.00 am to 12 noon during the school term

Kinglake Library - Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 am to 11.00 am during the school term

Yea Library - Wednesdays from 11.00 am to 12 noon during the school term

Children's Week

Held in October each year - ask you local Maternal and Child Health nurse about the fun activities on offer!

Kindergartens

Here is a list of Kindergartens located in Murrindindi Shire

  • Alexandra - 5772 1387
  • Eildon - 5774 2041
  • Flowerdale - 5734 6200
  • Kinglake Ranges - 5786 1352
  • Marysville - 5963 3330
  • Yea - 5734 6200

For more information go to education.vic.gov.au/childhood/parents

Playgroups

There are a number of other playgroups that operate around the Shire, including:

  • Alexandra (Alexandra Community Health - Mother Goose Program) - 5772 0900 
  • Flowerdale (Flowerdale Community House) - 5780 2664 
  • Flowerdale (Steiner inspired Bush Playgroup) - goannaj@gmail.com 
  • Kinglake (Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House) - 5786 1301 
  • Marysville (Marysville Kindergarten) - 5963 3330
  • Toolangi (Toolangi Primary School) - 5962 9255
  • Yea (Rosebank Hostel) - 5797 3056
  • Yea (Pioneer Reserve) - 0400 270 681 or 0419 159 734

For more information go to playgroup.org.au

Childcare

Click here to find information on Council's Family Day Care service.

There is also childcare and occasional care offered through Kinglake Ranges Children's Centre. For more information the Centre can be contacted on 5786 1352. 

Useful Links

Raising Children's Network

Australian Breastfeeding Association

Playgroup Victoria

PANDA

Beyond Blue

Nurse on Call

You can also call the 24 hour Maternal Child Health line on 132 229.

Poisons Information Line - 13 11 26

Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne - 9345 5522

Australian Interpreter service - 13 14 50

For emergencies dial 000.