Programs, resources and support

MCH Support

New parents group

First-time parents can join new parents groups. The groups are a chance to meet and socialise with other new parents and their babies, and get health and parenting information. Sessions cover topics such as sleep and settling, infant nutrition, baby massage, common childhood illness, childhood safety awareness and postnatal physio.

How to book

Talk to your Maternal Child Health Nurse to book sessions or call 03 5032 0300.

After hours support

Call the Maternal and Child Health Line on 13 22 29

This is a 24-hour telephone service staffed by qualified maternal and child health nurses can provide information and advice to all families with young children.

Accessibility services are available:

MCH app for your smartphone

The Maternal and Child Health app (MCH app) provides reliable information. Families can use it every day.

Download the free MCH app for trusted information matched to your child's age. It's at your fingertips! The app can also track your child’s growth. It can remind you about upcoming MCH appointments or immunisations. Nora, the digital assistant, can answer your questions. It’s like having an MCH nurse with you 24 hours a day!

The MCH app helps to manage your child’s vaccinations:

  • You can find detailed information on the benefits of child immunisation. You can also learn how to detect and manage reactions.
  • A list of Victoria’s immunisation schedule, which details the vaccines given at each age.
  • You need a link to access your Australian Immunisation Record online. This replaces the need for families to keep track of vaccinations. It's also required under federal legislation to access child care. You must also receive family assistance payments.
  • Automated reminders, so you don’t have to worry about missing a scheduled immunisation.

The app is also available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), Dari, Khmer, Persian, Punjabi, Spanish and Vietnamese.

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Hotlines and useful links


Child development

  • Maternal and child health services (BetterHealth)
    Provided by the Victorian Government, this website provides health and medical information to improve the health and wellbeing of people and the communities they live in.
  • Raising Children Network
    This website provides videos and interactive resources tailored to different ages and stages. From nurturing a newborn to raising a confident, resilient teen – and helping you to look after yourself as a parent too.  
  • The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH)
    RCH has been providing outstanding care for Victoria's children and their families for 150 years.
  • ASDetect
    ASDetect is a free app that empowers parents and caregivers to assess the social attention and communication behaviours of their children aged between 11 and 30 months.  

Breast feeding

Child safety

Dental health

Mental health