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Update on Maternal and Child Health Services

Maternal and Child Health Nurse Claire in a colourful gown.

We are continuing to delivery our essential Maternal and Child Health services throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday 23 April 2020

Mount Alexander Shire Council is continuing to deliver essential maternal and child health services during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with changes in place to keep families and staff safe, and an online support group to connect new parents.

Limited face-to-face consultations by appointment are taking place but most consultations and key age stage visits are happening over the phone to help reduce community transmission of COVID-19 and meet social distancing requirements.

Maternal and Child Health Nurses are also providing immunisations for children by appointment at the Maternal and Child Health Centre, as part of the National Immunisation Program. Limited stock is also available for influenza vaccines for children from six months to 5 years.

Additional precautions in place include:
• All visits to the centre are via appointment only.
• Only one parent or carer may enter the centre with their child
• Parents, carers or children must not enter if they are unwell or live with someone who is unwell.
• The centre is no longer open as a feed and change facility at this stage.

With the support of a local business initiative that is providing Mount Alexander medical services with washable gowns, the Maternal and Child Health Nurses are wearing brightly covered gowns during all consultations. They chose bold prints to engage and entertain the children they see.

While face-to-face sessions like new parent groups are on hold, the Maternal and Child Health Team will be supporting the New Parent Group via an online platform.

The group is open to all first time parents and carers with babies born after 18 December 2019. Staff will be contacting all eligible families.

“While standard delivery methods may have changed, our Maternal and Child Health Nurses are continuing to provide local families with essential services including valuable advice and resources to enhance parent and child health and wellbeing, as well as immunisations,” said Lisa Knight, Director Corporate and Community Services, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“Being a new parent or carer comes with many challenges at any time so we’re using online video conferencing to connect new parents, build parental confidence and answer any questions to help alleviate stress or concerns at this time,” said Ms Knight.

Council is encouraging parents and carers to phone 5472 1364 to make an appointment before visiting or to speak to a nurse. Staff are also contacting clients to advise any service changes and confirm appointments.

Image: Maternal and Child Health Nurse Claire wears the new colourful washable gown.

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