The early years of the 20th century were a risky time to be born in Victoria. Babies who survived their first year were likely to live on but many died before their first birthday, particularly those born into families in inner-city Melbourne.


In 1917 the first Victorian maternal and child health service was established in a Richmond church hall. Sister Muriel Peck was equipped for work with a table, set of scales and an exercise book. Fruit boxes with cushions were provided for visiting mothers.


One hundred years later, the Victorian maternal and child health service is a free state-wide service for all Victorian families from birth to school-age. Victoria’s maternal and child health nurses are highly qualified and skilled to support families, including a 24 hour/seven days health telephone support line.


To celebrate the centenary of this vital service, the ANMF Victorian Branch, with support of the Victorian Association of Maternal and Child Health Nurses, have produced this publication, which is a companion to a digital exhibition

36 pages, softbound cover