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Maternal and child health

Babies play on the floor at new parents group in Mount Alexander Shire

We provide a support service to families with children aged 0-6 years. This is free and available to all families.

Our services include:

• Assessment of your child's growth and development
• Referrals to other health agencies - if necessary
• Health and early parenting information
• Linkages to community resources to meet your family's needs
• If this is your first baby, you will be invited to a first time parent group
• Immunisations
• Our Enhanced Home Visiting Service provides support for families with additional needs
• Drop in session on Mondays 1.00pm-4.00pm - no appointment needed

Information, guidance and support

  • Breastfeeding
  • Child health and development
  • Maternal Health
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Home and care safety for infants
  • Child accident and injury prevention
  • Nutrition
  • Family planning

Childhood immunisations

Mount Alexander Shire Council provides immunisations to children based on the National Immunisation Program.  Local General Practices also offer immunisation services. 

The Maternal and Child Health Service offer immunisations to children aged 0-5 by appointment. 

School Immunisation Program
Council visits all schools in the Mount Alexander Shire that have secondary school classes and offers vaccinations according to the National Immunisation Program.

A consent card must be signed by a parent/guardian before any vaccine can be given.

On the day of vaccination, each vaccinated student will be given a form to take home stating what vaccines were given. This form should be kept with previous immunisation records.

What if your child misses the school immunisation session?
If your child was absent on the day of vaccinations please contact an Environmental Health Officer for advice about catch up doses. 

For more information on the school immunisation program visit our immunisation page.

Contacting an immunisation provider
Maternal & Child Health can be contacted on (03) 5471 1822
Healthy Environments (school immunisation program) (03) 5471 1768

Requesting immunisation records
Council’s Healthy Environments Unit can provide secondary school immunisation records for individuals that have been immunised through a Mount Alexander Shire Council immunisation service for a fee of $30. Council is not able to provide records of immunisation given by doctors or other providers. For immunisations given to children under the age of 7 years, immunisation records are available by contacting the Australian Childhood Immunisation Register (ACIR) on 1800 653 809.

Application for immunisation record

Breastfeeding Support

Mount Alexander Shire has an active Australian Breastfeeding Association group who have a calendar of activities and also hire breast pumps.

To find out about groups and for 24hr breastfeeding support PH. 1800 686 268 or

Where are we?

15 Lyttleton Street

Castlemaine Vic 3450

How to contact us

Phone: (03) 5472 1364, please leave a message on the answering machine.

When are we open?

Monday to Friday 9:00am- 4:30pm except Public Holidays.

Drop in session on Mondays from 1.00pm to 4.00pm with no appointment required. Appointments are required at all other times.

The centre has a baby care room, toilet, kitchen and comfortable lounge available during opening hours.

For information about services, organisations and activities for Children and Families visit Connect Mount Alexander:
For information about immunisations:
For information about parenting:
For information about illness:
For information about Playgroups:

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