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Source: State of Victoria Local Government 2

Face-to-face appointments for new parents and babies will start again in Strathbogie Shire from July 1.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor Cr Amanda McClaren said the important Maternal and Child Health Services were for infants aged newborn to eight weeks.

“This is great news for new parents in our Shire to once again have face-to-face access to this important service,” Cr McClaren said.

“The service has continued in an online form, but we know how much our new parents benefit from sitting down and talking to one of our Maternal and Child Health nurses.”

Cr McClaren reminded parents they must book for a face-to-face appointment to ensure social distancing protocols can be followed.

“We will also be ensuring 15 minutes between each appointment so we can clean shared spaces and maintain hygiene protocols,” she said.

Strathbogie Shire Manager Community Wellbeing Debra Ellis confirmed appointments for older children would continue by telephone or online consultation.

“We encourage new parents to contact our centres to make an appointment for a face-to-face visit and we will continue to prioritise visits for children with additional or complex needs,” Ms Ellis said.

The 24 hour, seven day a week Maternal Child Health line will continue to operate to provide advice to parents and families across Victoria. This can be accessed by phoning 13 22 29.

To book a Maternal Child Health appointment in Strathbogie Shire phone 1800 065 993.

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