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Maternal and Child Health Services are provided at 9 locations throughout the Shire.

The fully qualified and experienced Maternal and Child Health Nurses provide care and advice for families of children aged 0-6 years.

Services include contacting the families of all new babies in the Shire within seven days of discharge from hospital, regular child health monitoring, ongoing parenting education, family wellbeing, developmental assessments and referrals as appropriate.

The fully qualified and experienced Maternal & Child Health Nurses are committed to providing the very best service possible to families with babies and young children.

 Services Provided
Still Vitally Important To Mothers

Name changes over the years have not diminished the importance of mother’s and baby’s health.

The Baby Health Centre Infant Welfare and now Maternal and Child Health were all created by local government to help mothers and their babies get through those early years.

Colac’s first Baby Health Centre was established in 1925 in the Colac Soldiers Memorial Rooms in Hesse Street. By 1936 mothers and babies enjoyed the facilities in a new centre in Queen Street.

In 1959, the centres in Mark Street, Colac at a cost of 14,000 pounds, (since closed) and Cororooke were opened with nurses kept busy caring for baby boomers.

In Hebb’s history book on Colac he acknowledges the importance of the Infant Welfare ladies committee giving “splendid service to the working of this valuable community service”.

Today, Colac Otway Shire employs five permanent part time nurses with additional casual nurses providing 9 venues for all mothers and babies across the Shire.

Maternal and Child health nurses provide support and advice to the families of the 270 and more births a year in the Shire. There are over 1000 children seen each year. With an average of 450 mothers and babies each month.

Over this past 75 years illnesses such as polio and diphtheria have largely been eliminated due to the services at Maternal and Child Health centres and the Shire’s immunisation programs. However, there is a constant need to continue these programmes to ensure that new cases of measles and whooping cough do not occur and that other vaccine preventable diseases such as meningoccal infections are reduced.

October 9, 2014: Celebrating local families with calendar competition
Colac Otway Shire Council is building up to releasing a 2015 calendar celebrating family.

Council is calling for residents from throughout the Shire to participate in a photographic competition which will result in 12 successful entries appearing in a 2015 maternal child health calendar.

Manager Health and Community Services Greg Fletcher said Council was looking for members of the public to enter the competition by submitting a photo of themselves or their families taken in a special spot within the Shire.

“Your photograph might celebrate being active outdoors, enjoying family time at home or exploring the wonders of our region,” Mr Fletcher said.

Send us your favourite moment in a good quality image, including the names of the people appearing in the photo and where it was taken. Share the story of why you love that particular photo, and you’ll be in the running for selection to go into our calendar.”

Mr Fletcher said once the winning entries are chosen they will be added to our 2015 calendar which will also include useful information, handy tips and reminders of upcoming infant health care milestones.

The calendar will be available through the Colac Maternal Child and Health Centre in December.

Entries are now open and can be emailed to

Entries close at 5pm on Thursday October 30.

Guidelines and entry forms are available online at or at Council’s Customer Service Centres in Colac and Apollo Bay.

For further details or assistance to participate call Council on 5232 9400.


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