Maternal and Child Health Centres open across Strathbogie Shire

By Simon Ruppert

Strathbogie Shire Council’s Maternal and Child Health Service open sessions are now available at the same times across all four centres they operate.

Those being Violet Town, Euroa, Nagambie and Avenel.

The open sessions, which are held from 9.30 am to 11 am on designated days at each centre, are designed to give families the opportunity to call into their local centre for a 15-minute consultation with a Maternal and Child Health nurse without a prior booking.

Community wellbeing manager Debra Ellis said the sessions were a great way for parents to simply drop in to discuss weighing, feeding and growth reviews with their new baby.

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“These regular open sessions are primarily for short consults, but will give parents the opportunity to call in without an appointment to discuss any concerns they may he having,’’ Ms Ellis said.

“Open sessions are available to families in addition to 10 key age and stage visits, which are provided for all children enrolled with the service. Individual appointments should be made for these.”

Strathbogie Shire has three highly qualified and skilled maternal and child health nurses in Jane Davey, Cheryl Kearney and Leoni Eagles, who joined the team this year.

Ms Ellis said Strathbogie Council’s Maternal and Child Health nurses were skilled and knowledgeable in child development as well as breastfeeding, sleeping and nutrition.

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Families visiting Euroa and Avenel centres will be able to utilise the newly refurbished facilities that were undertaken last year.

The designated days for open sessions at each centre are:

  • Euroa Maternal and Child Health Centre, 2 Bury St - Mondays
  • Nagambie Maternal and Child Health Centre, Nagambie Preschool, 16 Vale St - Tuesdays
  • Avenel Maternal and Child Health Centre, Avenel Preschool, 31 Watson St - Wednesdays
  • Violet Town Maternal and Child Health Centre, Violet Town Preschool, Hyacinth St – Thursdays.