Upgrade to Euroa maternal and child health centre

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AT THE OPENING OF THE MATERNAL HEALTH CENTRE … Seven Creeks Ward councillor, Cr John Mason, Strathbogie Shire Mayor, Cr Amanda McClaren, local mother, Lauren Hoskin, Maternal and Child Health Nurse, Jane Davey, Seven Creeks Ward councillor, Cr Mick Williams, Maternal and Child Health Administration Officer, Leoni Eagles and Acting CEO, Phil Howard. Photo: Supplied.

Regional health services are on the move. Strathbogie Shire have provided the necessary $130,000 to carry out the upgrade that includes a refurbished kitchen, new accessible toilet with baby change facilities, larger consultation room and administration office, new heating and cooling system, a repaint and new flooring.

Strathbogie Shire Mayor, Cr Amanda McClaren said, “local families will now be able to visit a modern, fit for purpose facility when attending appointments and sessions.”

“Maternal and Child Health is often the first point of contact for families with a new baby and is such an important source of support and advice,” Mayor McClaren explained

Maternal and Child Health Nurse, Jane Davey has been working in the area for over 20 years and said prior to upgrade the building was still mostly the original 1950s nurses’ quarters when Maternal and Child Health nurses lived on site. “It is wonderful to have our facilities up to the standard our families deserve, and to have better working conditions for nurses,” Ms Davey said.

The larger consultation room will now accommodate visiting outreach services on the days that Maternal and Child Health is not operating in Euroa and the new kitchen and bathroom facilities will enable Council to deliver its Supported Playgroup Program from the centre.