Council offers a Maternal and Child Health service to families across the shire. Consultations are carried out by Registered Nurses with qualifications in Midwifery and Maternal and Child Health.
Maternal and Child Health Nurses within the Northern Grampians Shire practice with the Key Ages and Stages (KAS) framework which when provided to families and children ensures a research-based practice through evidence-based activities with an emphasis on health promotion. Visits to your Maternal and Child Health nurse focus on a range of domains for both maternal, child and family health and wellbeing. Maternal and Child Health nurses are able to refer families to local networks/organisations for specialist assistance if required. Such organisations include speech therapy, dietetics, physiotherapy, postnatal depression support and counselling services. These can include Wimmera Uniting Care, Family Support Services and Grampians Community Health.
Parents Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) is used as a primary tool for parents to discuss the development of their child. Parents receive information packs at each key visit. Additional consultations are encouraged for families on an individual needs basis.
The Maternal and Child Health Services are located in Stawell and St Arnaud. An outreach service is also provided to Glenorchy, Marnoo, Great Western and Halls Gap. Consultations are via appointment.
In monitoring/assisting children and their families to achieve optimal growth and development, Maternal and Child Health nurses offer a home visiting service, new mothers' group sessions, parenting programs for pre-schoolers, visual screening test, parental support, child safety information and nutritional advice (in collaboration with dietician support).
Location of centres and contact details as follows:
Stawell Maternal & Child Health
Phone: 03 5358 9060
Address: 87 D'Arcy St, Stawell, VIC 3380 view map
St. Arnaud Maternal & Child Health
Phone: 03 5358 9060 (Stawell Number)
Address: 3 - 7 Walker St, St Arnaud, VIC 3478 view map
Please call for an appointment.