Families, we’re still here for you!
Published on 09 September 2020
Mornington Peninsula Shire is continuing to run maternal and child health and immunisation services during the pandemic.
Robust processes and measures are in place to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus and keep parents/carers, children and staff safe.
Family and child health appointments
From birth until 3.5 years old children should see a maternal child health nurse for 10 key visits. At these visits the child’s health, growth and development is assessed and parents can discuss and share any concerns or questions they may have.
During the pandemic, these appointments continue for young children on the Mornington Peninsula. All appointments are currently run via a combination of telehealth or face-to-face visits in our clinics.
New parent groups
First-time parents’ groups have moved online. The groups are run by experienced maternal and child health staff and offer support and advice for new parents, as well as a sense of connectedness with other new parents.
Sleep and settling advice
Our popular sleep and settling information sessions have also moved online. Our nurses and early parenting experts provide guidance on topics such as:
- typical feed, play, sleep patterns and behaviours
- how to prevent sleep concerns
- solutions and strategies to address sleep concerns
- self-care and support for parents.
Attending a session is also a great way of meeting other parents and carers of infants/children of the same age.
These Zoom sessions are available for the following age groups: Newborn (0-6 months), baby (6-12 months) and toddler (1-3 years).
In line with the Victorian Government direction breastfeeding drop-in sessions have been put on hold for now. Our nurses can provide lactation advice over the phone or make a face-to-face visit to support you breastfeeding your baby.
The immunisation program is still running, however drop-in sessions have been replaced with booked appointments to manage physical distancing requirements.
All scheduled vaccines on the National Immunisation Program are provided free of charge for infants and secondary school children.
For all booking and enquiries: 5950 1099
For 24-hour support, contact the maternal and child health line for information and advice on 13 22 29.