A touch of history was the highlight of the official opening of a refurbished East Kew Maternal and Child Health Centre last week.
In 1925, the current East Kew Maternal and Child Health Centre was opened by Lady Helena Rous, Countess of Stradbroke, whose husband the third Earl of Stradbroke was Governor of Victoria at the time.
Descendants of the countess still attend the centre today and were special guests at the opening on Friday.
“Council has a very long and proud history of supporting local families with babies and young children,” Ward Councillor Brad Miles said at the opening.
“This centre is one of the best and earliest intact examples of a Maternal Child Health centre, and is listed in the Victorian Heritage Register,” he said.
The newly-refurbished centre now has two consulting rooms, instead of just one.
The interior has been painted throughout; there is new furniture in the waiting room and new window dressings as well.
Other features include:
- a new kitchenette
- new office furniture and fittings
- a disabled toilet and improved disability access.
Boroondara’s Maternal and Child Health program is funded by Council and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.
Council’s nurses see families with young children regularly, from a few days after birth, when our nurses visit the home, until the child starts school.
All babies and families receive ten free Key Age and Stage consultations at Maternal Child Health centres in Boroondara.
Council funds extra consultations at three months, six months and ten months, which are also free for local families.
Nurses check children are meeting their developmental milestones, that they receive their immunisations and that the rest of the family is coping well with their new addition.
They also arrange new parents groups for first time mums and dads.
For further information or bookings, contact the Maternal and Child Central Booking Service on 9278 4606.