Maternal and Child Health (MACH) Nursing Service
Having a new baby in the family can be a wonderful time but brings many challenges and responsibilities. Maternal and Child Health (MACH) nurses are able assist parents by working in partnership to provide support, information and health advice.
Maternal and Child Health Nurses are Registered Nurses with additional qualifications in maternal, child and family health.
How can we help?
Maternal and Child Health (MACH) Nurses can assist families in a variety of ways:
First home visit
Maternal and Child Health Nurses offer a home visit to all families with newborns following referral from their midwife. The Maternal and Child Health Nurse will contact you by phone to arrange a convenient time.
The first home visit is an opportunity to discuss the wellbeing and any health issues of you and your baby. It also can provide you with information about local services for parents.
If you would like to arrange a first home visit or receive a call from a Maternal and Child Health Nurse contact Community Health Intake on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays). This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders.
Booked clinic appointments
You can make an appointment to visit the MACH Nurses for information and advice on topics such as parenting, child health, breastfeeding, nutrition and feeding issues, keeping your child safe, toddler behaviour issues, adjustment to parenthood and maternal emotional health.
You can also make appointment for your child health check. These checks at ages recommended in your child's Personal Health Record (PHR - blue book) provide an opportunity for you to gain information, support and advice relevant to caring for your child.
Clients can access this service by phoning Community Health Intake on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays). This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders. Please bring your child's Personal Health Record (PHR - blue book) with you. The clinics are operated out of the following locations:
Belconnen - Belconnen Community Health Centre, 56 Lathlain St (Cnr Lathlain & Cohen St).
Dickson - Dickson Health Centre, Dickson Place (Opp. Library)
Florey - Ratcliffe Cres, Florey (next to Florey Preschool)
Gungahlin - Gungahlin Community Health Centre, Corner of Ernest Cavanagh Street and Futsell Ln, Gungahlin
Ngunnawal Child Health Clinic - 103 Wanganeen Ave, Ngunnawal (Next to Ngunnawal Pre-School)
West Belconnen Child & Family Centre - Cnr Luke and Starke St, Holt
Lanyon - Lanyon Family Centre, Sidney Nolan Street, Conder
Phillip - Phillip Health Centre, Corner Corinna & Keltie Streets, Phillip
Tuggeranong Child and Family Centre, 159 Anketell Street, Greenway
Weston Creek - Weston Creek Child Health Clinic, Parkinson St. Weston (Independent Living Centre)
Drop-in clinics are also available for brief visits between booked appointments. These visits are best suited for quick questions and updates not comprehensive health checks. Self weigh facilities are available to weigh your baby at most clinics.
No appointments are needed. As these clinics can be busy, visits are kept to a maximum of 15-20 minutes per client. If you need longer to address your concerns the Maternal and Child Health Nurse can make other arrangements to assist you.
From Monday 27 July 2015, drop-in clinics will no longer be offered at Narrabundah Child Health Clinic. To make an appointment, please call CHI on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays).
For locations and times please click on the 'MACH clinic times flyer' link below.
'Early Days' are special group information sessions available to address the feeding and settling concerns of mothers with infants under three months of age. Please note that from Tuesday 4 February changes have been made to the location and timing of early days. For locations and times please click on the link below.
Please note that this service will not be available as scheduled on the 14th June 2017
New Parent Groups
New Parent Groups are four week groups facilitated by a Maternal and Child Health Nurse.
They provide an opportunity to:
- meet first time parents with babies of a similar age (3-4 months),
- discuss topics and issues related to parenting and caring for yourselve & your baby, and
- find out how to access services available to parents in the community.
Clients need to book well ahead for New Parent Group by phoning Community Health Intake on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays). This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders.
Sleep and settling groups
The Maternal and Child Health Nurses within the Division of Women, Youth & Children Community Health Programs offer several sleep groups. For further information on the groups please click on the sleep group flyer below
Clients can access this service by phoning Community Health Intake on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 8am to 3:30pm Wednesdays (excluding public holidays). This service is free to Medicare and Asylum Seeker card holders.
After hours advice for parents and carers
1800 022 222 (free call; 24 hr)
Healthdirect Australia is a telephone health advice and information service.
1800 882 436 (free call)
A confidential phone and online service providing information, advice and counselling about pregnancy, childbirth and baby's first year.
1800 637 337 (free call)
Tresillian Parent Helpline is a telephone services where you can speak to a Child and Family Health nurses on any aspect of parenting children aged up to five (5) years.
1300 227 464 (1300 CARING)
Karitane Careline is a telephone service where you can speak to a Child and Family Health Nurses on a wide range of issues concerning infants and children from birth to five (5) years of age.
1800 686 268 (free call)
Breastfeeding support and information are available from Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) volunteers via the Breastfeeding Helpline.
This information is provided for advice only, but does not constitute endorsement of these services.