Council’s Maternal and Child Health celebrates 100th milestone

Issued Friday 15 December 2017

The City of Casey honoured the 100th anniversary of Maternal and Child Health in Victoria with a celebration at Bunjil Place, last month

The City of Casey honoured the 100th anniversary of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services in Victoria recently with a function to celebrate the importance of this service to the Casey community.

Casey operates the largest MCH service in the state with more than 90 multi-disciplinary staff dedicated to this service and 34 centres throughout Casey, with approximately 39,000 consultations undertaken in the past year.

Council held a celebration in the Bunjil Place Studio on Thursday 30 November to thank its Maternal and Child Health nurses and mark the centenary milestone.

Maternal and Child Health services, formerly known as Infant Welfare Centres, were first developed due to a high infant mortality rate, with the first Victorian centre started by Dr Younger Ross in Richmond in 1917. It’s believed the first Casey Infant Welfare Centre originated in Tooradin in 1949.

City of Casey Mayor Cr Geoff Ablett spoke to guests at the celebration last month, and highlighted the important role that MCH nurses play in our community.

“These nurses play an integral part in the local community; they have a positive impact on families, and the support and expert knowledge that they pass on is integral to families being able to make decisions on how they raise a happy and healthy child,” he said.

“Whether families seek support through centre based Maternal and Child Health consultations or programs run in a group setting, these nurses make a difference to their lives.”

MCH services, which are jointly funded by local and state government, provide a free, age and stage schedule of consultations for all families with babies and young children from birth up until the age of six.

To find out more about Council’s MCH services, visit the Maternal and Child Health webpage.