North-west Victoria is currently experiencing a higher rate of families with complex needs, periods of high birth rates and shortage of qualified and experienced Maternal and Child Health nurses across the region.
This is putting pressure on the system and creating some unique challenges.
To help our local Maternal and Child Health team, Council is asking for feedback via an online survey from families who use the services, have used the services, or are likely to be using the MCH services in coming years.
Council’s Director Community and Cultural Service Bruce Myers said right now we need to understand what’s important to families.
“While we always welcome feedback on our services, this survey isn’t intended to rate the satisfaction with the Maternal and Child Health service,” Mr Myers said.
“With the current strain on resources, we need to know if there are any short-term changes we can make to ensure our service remains accessible and effective.
“We hope the survey can identify the top priorities for our local families and highlight the areas we need to focus on.”
Maternal and Child Health is a free primary health service available to all families with children aged from birth to school age.
The service provides information and support to new parents and babies and child health and development checks by registered general nurses with qualifications in midwifery and maternal and child health.
Click here to complete the survey. Survey closes Friday, 8 September.