Maternal & Child Health & Immunisation
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The Ararat Rural City Maternal and Child Health program provides a free service for families with infants and children aged from birth to four years across the municipality. The service promotes the health and wellbeing of families through support, information and health promotion, as well as early identification and intervention for health concerns. The centres are staffed by Division One Registered nurses, who are also midwives with a diploma or degree in maternal and child health nursing.
The maternal & child health nurses conduct assessments at key stages in line with the key ages & stages framework of the Department of Education & Early Childhood guidelines at : 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 8 weeks, 4 months, 8 months, 12 months, 18 months, 2 years & 3.5 years. Also parents are more than welcome to attend centres with their child/ren according to their needs
We link families to relevant services within the area as need arises or requested. Such as counselling, speech therapist, early intervention & other such allied health services. We provide information to families about other service agencies such as family day care, child care & playgroups.
Parents will also receive support and information on a variety of issues including:
- infant feeding
- settling techniques
- normal development
- parental health and wellbeing
- emotional support
New parents groups are conducted 2-3 times per year according to demand