MCH now and into the future
Banyule Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services are free and offered to support children's health and development from birth until school age.
Every child in Victoria is offered 10 Key Ages and Stages consultations including; an initial home visit followed by consultations at 2, 4 and 8 weeks, 4, 8, 12 and 18 months and 2 and 3.5 years. Additional services include first-time parent groups, and telephone advice.
We are committed to always working to improve our service and believe that speaking with service users and the wider community is essential to getting this right.
Help us shape our Banyule MCH Service by sharing your thoughts on what you value about the Service now, and what we could do to serve you better into the future.
Originally established to combat high infant mortaility rates, the Maternal and Child Health Services (MCH) has operated in Victoria for 100 years .
Banyule's first MCH Centre was established in Heidelberg in 1921-22, and at that time the goal of the service was to ‘safeguard the health of mothers and babies, by spreading knowledge of the laws of health’.
100 years on, the mission of the Maternal and Child Health Service has changed to meet the needs of the contemporary family.
The Service now aims to; engage with all families in Banyule with children from birth to school age; to take into account individual strengths and vulnerabilities and to provide timely contact and ongoing primary health care to improve health, wellbeing and development.
The goal of the MCH Service is to promote healthy outcomes and provide a comprehensive and focused approach to managing the physical, emotional or social factors affecting families.
The Maternal and Child Health Service Program is guided by six program standards:
1. Provide universal access to its services for Victorian children from birth to school age and their families.
2. Promote optimal health and development outcomes for children from birth to school age through a focus on the child and family.
3. Build partnerships with families and communities and collaborates and integrates with other services and organisations.
4. Deliver the service with a competent and professional workforce.
5. Provide a responsive and accountable service for the child and family through effective governance and management.
6. Deliver a quality and safe service.
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