Where to access parent groups, maternal health care and support services for new parents

Many free services are available to new parents but accessing them is sometimes not straight forward. To learn more about where to access parent groups, MCH and support services follow the guide below.


To understand how to access parent groups, maternal health care and support services for new parents

Let's start with why this is important:

  • parenting is difficult, accessing support will ensure you can do all the right things for your baby and family
  • many of these services are free and are able to link up with other free services to ensure your baby gets the best care provided
  • accessing parent groups, maternal child health and other services will improve your wellbeing and stop you from feeling isolated at the very difficult time of becoming a new parent

What to do next

Download the MCH app

The Maternal and Child Health app (MCH app) provides reliable information that families can use every day.

Play Learn Grow Text Program

For parents and carers of two-year-old and three-year-old children in Victoria. You will receive three text messages a week for the duration of the program. This will include practical advice, information and ideas of easy activities to do while at home with your child to support their play, learning and development.

You can register for this free program by visiting the Play Learn Grow webpage or by texting PLAY to 0428 606 027 for further information.

How to use the green book

Each developmental stage has a card in it, take the card out and stick it on your fridge to give you some ideas of how to play with your baby.

Rhyme and story time

Most libraries have story time, rhyme time or other activities for children. They are free and an easy indoor activity. To find your nearest story time, search via Google for your library and then go to their website and choose "What's on" or "Events".

Here is Brimbank libraries page


Playgroups ensure your child develops social skills and fine motor skills too. Playgroups are free and a great way to meet other parents. To find a playgroup near you use this website.

More Information & Services

Visit a SuperCare pharmacy which provides 24-hour, 7-day-a-week access to healthcare advice and pharmacy services, including a free, on-site nursing service from 6-10pm each night

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