Euroa is joining in with the 100-year celebrations of maternal and child health in Victoria next week.
Strathbogie Shire Council welcomes all to attend a morning tea and display of historical maternal and child health items in the council chambers from 10am on Wednesday, September13.
This will be followed by a free documentary screening of Babies in the Euroa Community Cinema.
Maternal and child health in the Euroa region is a very different reality today than when it first began in 1937.
Euroa Historical Society president Roma Joyce recalls a time around 1960 when the Infant Welfare Centre operated out of a tiny room at the council office.
‘‘The room was so small we had to leave our prams outside, and if it was raining you just had to throw something over the pram and hope for the best,’’ she said.
The first maternal and child health nurse in Euroa was Foundation Sister Catherine Fahey, who began consulting in 1937 and visited Euroa and Violet Town.
The Maternal and Child Health Centre that is used today opened in Euroa in December, 1963.
By June, 1996, services had expanded to cover the whole shire, with the employment of current long-serving nurse Jane Davey.
Ms Davey said things were much different back then.
‘‘We hand-wrote everything and there were no mobile phones,’’ Jane said.
‘‘With such a large area to cover, being the only nurse for the shire was very challenging at times.
‘‘Maternal and child health is a terribly important role that councils play in their local communities.
‘‘In rural areas, the maternal and child health nurse is a free point of contact for parents to get support for themselves and their children.’’
If you are interested in attending, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the council on 57950000 for catering purposes.