It’s not often the community gets to celebrate a 100th birthday, so local celebrations for the 100th anniversary of maternal and child health services in Victoria were very special.
Moira Shire Council maternal and child health staff, along with Cobram Playgroup and children from nearby kindergartens and childcare centres, helped celebrated the day last Wednesday with a cake and play time.
Moira Shire Council’s Maternal Child Health and Immunisation team leader Sandra Mogg said local maternal and child health services started in the 1950s.
It started first in Yarrawonga with a nurse also servicing Tungamah and Cobram, before services were later established in Cobram and across the shire.
‘‘We provide a health service for families with children aged from zero to six,’’ Ms Mogg said.
‘‘It’s an accessible, free service and we have a number of services and centres spread across the shire and the state.’’
About 400 babies are born in Moira Shire each year, which means the service can be monitoring about 2000 children at any one time.
After a child is born, the local maternal child and health service is notified.
‘‘We then work to develop a relationship with the mother and the family as well, and that’s a really important part of the service,’’ Ms Mogg said.
The service can also assist families with referrals to specialists, pathways to other services they may need, as well as information and advice on topics such as breastfeeding and lactation; child health, growth and development; parent and child relationships; safety and injury prevention; immunisation; nutrition; post natal depression; and sleeping and settling issues
Young children also received a gift of a book from Moira Shire Council.