First home visits
We will continue to support new mothers through our first home visit service, however, to keep you, your babies and our staff safe, this service has changed slightly.
Once you have returned home after giving birth, a MACH nurse will contact you by phone within 5 working days to talk about any wellbeing or health issues you may have and arrange a visit from the MACH nurse.
Contact the Early Pregnancy and Parenting Support line on 5124 1775 if you have not received a call from a MACH Nurse. Please leave a voicemail with your name, best contact number and reason for your call and a health professional will call you back within one business day.
Booked clinic appointments
Bookings are now open for face to face regular developmental health checks for your child. To make a booking call Central Health Intake on 02 5124 9977, from Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm and Wednesday, 8am to 3:30pm. Currently, you can only book an appointment up to six weeks in advance. This may be subject to change.
If you have concerns about your child, please phone the Early Pregnancy and Parenting Support Line on 5124 1775 from Monday to Friday to speak to a MACH Nurse.
To help stop the spread of COVID-19, drop-in clinics have been replaced by appointment bookings. To access these please call the Early Pregnancy and Parenting Support line on 5124 1775.
Leave a voicemail with your name, best contact number and reason for your call and a health professional will call you back within one business day. Staff can assist with information and advice on parenting, child health, breastfeeding, developmental concerns, nutrition and feeding issues, keeping your child safe, toddler behaviour issues, adjustment to parenthood and maternal emotional health.
Early Days and Sleep Groups
Due to the current restrictions around mass gatherings we are unable to run Early Days and Sleep and Settling group sessions face-to-face.
You’re welcome to attend an online Early Days Group information and advice session. To book into a session visit Eventbrite.
You can also call the Early Pregnancy and Parenting Support line to speak to a MACH nurse about any feeding or settling concerns.
You can call 5124 1775 and leave a voicemail with your name, best contact number and reason for your call and a health professional will call you back within one business day. An appointment will be made for you to have a telephone or Telehealth consultation with an experienced MACH nurse.
New Parents Groups
New Parent Groups are returning face to face from 20 July 2020. If this changes you will be contacted.
Due to social distancing and room sizes, numbers will be reduced until further notice.
The New Parent Group is a four week program run by our MACH nurses. It gives you the opportunity to meet other first-time parents with babies of a similar age, discuss topics and issues about parenting and caring for yourself and your baby and find out how to access services available to you in the community.
This group is available to parents of infants under four months.
Please book well in advance due to popularity. For bookings call Central Health Intake on 5124 9977 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 3.30pm on Wednesday.
We are committed to helping you establish breastfeeding with your baby.
If you are experiencing difficulties or are seeking advice for breastfeeding your baby, please call the Early Pregnancy and Parenting Support line on 5124 1775 to speak to a MACH nurse. An appointment can be made for you to have a consultation with an experienced MACH nurse (this may be via telehealth).
Early Childhood Immunisation Clinic
Our Early Childhood Immunisation Clinics will continue to operate. Babies and children need to be vaccinated on time so they can get the best possible protection against preventable diseases.
Please note that due to current restrictions around visitors and support persons the number of adults attending the appointment with the child to be immunised may be limited.
From April 2020 the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination will be available for children aged 6 months to under 5 years. This vaccine is free and available through your usual immunisation provider, including GPs and the Early Childhood Immunisation Clinics.
To make an appointment call Central Health Intake on 5124 9977 between 8am and 5pm, Monday to Friday and 8am to 3.30pm on Wednesday.
You can find out more information about this service on the Babies and Children Immunisation page.