Celebrating the centenary of the Maternal Child Health Service

Thursday 29 June 2017

In 1917, Richmond City Council established Victoria's first baby health centre making this year the 100th anniversary of maternal child health services in the state.

Located at the Matthias Church Hall in Richmond, the service was lobbied for and partially funded by local women concerned about high rates of infant mortality. Maternal and child health services then spread throughout the state, helping to guide and support families as they welcomed their children into the world.

Yarra Mayor, Councillor Amanda Stone, said "Since it began in Richmond 100 years ago, the Maternal and Child Health Service has remained free and accessible to all Victorians - offering essential support to babies, children and their families from all backgrounds.

"I would like to formally acknowledge the incredible work of our Maternal Child Health staff - both past and present - who work tirelessly to give babies and young children the best start; laying the foundations for a happy and healthy life," she said.

Learn more about maternal and child health services in Yarra.

Maternal Child Health centenary ebook

Learn more about the history of the Maternal Child Health Service in Yarra by downloading our Maternal and Child Health Centenary e-book.



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