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O’Connell Family Centre

Canterbury, Victoria


Mercy Health’s O’Connell Family Centre (OFC) is an Early Parenting Centre (EPC) based in Canterbury, Victoria.



EPCs strive to support happy, healthy, safe and thriving babies and toddlers (up to the age of four), by promoting the parent-child relationship, and equipping parents with a pathway to achieve their parenting goals. These goals often relate to sleep and settling, child behaviour and health and wellbeing. EPCs also recognise that the health and wellbeing of the primary caregiver, and wider family is vital to children’s development and outcomes.

Mercy Health’s O’Connell Family Centre is a public hospital funded by the Victorian Department of Health. The EPC provide the following core services:

  • Residential services
  • Day stay services
  • Telehealth services

Services for professionals

We offer placements for postgraduate university students in maternal and child health studies. Other postgraduate student placements may be offered after consultation.


Referrals can be from a health professional or the family can self-refer and complete the referral form themselves.

Click here for referral to O’Connell Family Centre.

O’Connell Family Centre
6 Mont Albert Road, Canterbury, VIC
Canterbury Victoria 3126

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Last reviewed October 17, 2017.

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