100 years of Maternal and Child Health services in Victoria

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Council is thrilled to acknowledge the 100th birthday of the Victorian Maternal and Child Health service in June this year.

Victoria’s first Baby Health Centre, supported by Richmond City Council, was created in June 1917. Over 100 years, the service has evolved into the Maternal and Child Health service delivered across the state that we know today.

Prior to the introduction of the Maternal and Child Health service, one in every 10 babies born in Melbourne died before their first birthday. Today, more than 1,100 trained Maternal and Child Health nurses support families across Victoria by providing advice on the health and development of children from birth to school age.

The Maternal and Child Health service in the Borough was provided by Bellarine Community Health for many years. More recently, Council has offered Maternal and Child Health support to Borough families through the City of Greater Geelong.

In the last 12 months this service has supported 17 families, nine of which were welcoming their first babies.

“It’s terrific to see the next generation of the Borough community coming through, and we are so fortunate to be able to support our families with a reliable Maternal and Child Health service”, said Borough of Queenscliffe Mayor, Councillor Tony Francis.

The Victorian branch of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation and the Victorian Association of Maternal and Child Health Nurses have joined forces to create a web presentation celebrating the centenary of the Maternal and Child Health service in Victoria. Click here to view the presentation online at http://www.anmfvic.asn.au/mch100/.

The Borough’s Maternal and Child Health service is provided from the Queenscliff Kindergarten at 10 Stevens Street, Queenscliff. For further information or appointments, please contact the City of Greater Geelong's Family Services on 03 5272 4741.