Summary

  • The Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service works in partnership with families to care for babies and young children until they start school.
  • The service is free for all Victorian families
  • You will visit MCH nurses at 10 key stages of your child's development. The visits focus on optimising child and family health, wellbeing, safety, learning and development.
  • Your MCH nurse offers additional visits, first time parenting groups, and links to local community activities and services when extra support is needed.
  • Maternal and Child Health Line - call 13 22 29 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week). Families with children from birth to school age can speak to an MCH nurse for advice and support.
The My Health, Learning and Development ('green book') is given to the parents of every newborn child in Victoria. It contains information about early childhood development and services and can be kept as a record of your child’s health, growth, development, immunisations and other milestones throughout childhood. 

What is the 'green book'?

In Victoria, following the birth of your baby, the hospital will give you a free My Health, Learning and Development Record, commonly known as the 'green book'. 

It’s full of information about early childhood development, and about services and support that are available to help you build a strong foundation for your child’s future. 

It includes:

  • information on services that support families (including the Maternal and Child Health Service)
  • appointments to keep
  • your child’s growth and health record
  • your child’s immunisation record
  • birth details
  • information and a record of your child’s ten key ages and stages maternal and child health visits.

By keeping your 'green book' up to date, it will become an important record of your child’s development from birth to adolescence.

If you don’t have a 'green book', contact your local council early childhood and family services.

How to use the ‘green book’

The 'green book' is designed to keep your child's health, learning and development records in one place. There is also space for photos and plastic sleeves for important documents. 

Use it to:

  • find out about health, wellbeing, safety, learning and development
  • learn where you can get more information, services and support for you, your baby and your family
  • record growth and immunisations as well as valuable observations about your child’s health, learning and development 
  • write down questions you want to discuss with the maternal and child health nurse or other health professionals
  • write down appointments, immunisations and notes about your baby’s health, wellbeing, safety, learning and development. 

Take your 'green book' to all health appointments

Important information will be given to you by a range of medical professionals, so please remember to take the 'green book' with you when you go to:

  • the maternal and child health nurse
  • immunisation appointments
  • a local doctor, dentist or other health professional
  • a hospital or emergency department
  • a community health centre
  • an early childhood education and care setting (e.g. child care centre, family day care, kindergarten) or school.

Ten key ages and stages visits

Information will be added to your child’s 'green book' at each of these 10 key ages and stages maternal and child health service visits:

Where to get help

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Maternal and child health

Parenting basics

Family structures

Communication, identity and behaviour

Raising healthy children

Common childhood health concerns

Immunisation

Keeping yourself healthy

Child safety and accident prevention

Grief and trauma

Support for parents

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This page has been produced in consultation with and approved by: Maternal and Child Health and Parenting

Last updated: October 2019

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