Department of Women's and Children's Health

The Women’s and Children’s Health Unit (WCHU) at Mersey Community Hospital is committed to providing the very best in healthcare to families of the Devonport, Latrobe and Kentish communities.

The Unit provides extensive care to maternity, gynaecological and paediatric and neonatal patients within a 21 bed inpatient unit (incorporating a 4 bed paediatric ward), 4 birthing suites, a special care nursery for newborns and an adjacent antenatal clinic.

Patients can expect to receive exceptional care from a dedicated team of experienced doctors, midwives and nurses who strive to ensure the patient experience is the best it can be. Their ultimate goal is to place the patient at the centre of all they do.

Pregnancy is a significant life event, it is an experience of ‘wellness’ not illness.

At Mersey Community Hospital, women are supported to achieve optimal health in pregnancy. Midwives are well qualified and ideally suited to provide support, advice and education to women from the time that pregnancy is confirmed. Just ask your GP for a referral to the Antenatal Clinic at MCH, we are accepting referrals now.

The WCHU Antenatal Clinic provides pregnancy monitoring of mother and baby, Childbirth Education Classes, Allied Health referral, and assistance in birth planning. Care is planned around the needs of the woman and her baby, continuity of care models may be available upon request.

 As an accredited Baby Friendly Health Initiative facility, all maternity patients (antenatal and postnatal) are able to access lactation advice via the Extended Care Midwifery Service. The frequency and number of visits varies depending on individual needs, circumstances and locality. Visits are generally offered within a 50 Kilometre radius of Latrobe.

As part of a regional health service, MCH Women’s and Children’s Health Unit provides an environment of teaching and learning for professionals. The Unit supports the teaching of undergraduate medical and nursing students as well as postgraduate students of midwifery. The Unit is supported by the work of a Midwifery Educator who also provides professional development to qualified midwives ensuring that their skills and knowledge remain up to date and of the highest standard.

Paediatric  and Gynaecology services at MCH are conducted via regular clinics within the Hospital Outpatient/Specialist Clinics. A referral from your GP is required.

To contact us:-

Antenatal Clinic 

Phone: (03) 6426 5475

Women’s and Children’s Health Unit

Phone: (03) 6426 5420

Outpatient/ Specialist Clinics appointments - Monday to Friday

Phone: 1800 636 455.

General enquiries

Phone:  (03) 6426 5477

Medical Team

Divisional Director Obstetrics

Obstetric/ Gynaecology Staff

Paediatricians

Registrars O&G

Resident Medical Officer, Paediatrics (Rotational)

Midwifery and Nursing Team

Clinical Nurse Consultant

Extended Care Midwife 

Midwifery Educator

Clinical Midwives

Registered Midwives and Nurses