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Maternal and Child Health funding win

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An $81.1 million package for Maternal and Child Health services will help councils to deliver even more support to local children and families.

MAV President Cr Mary Lalios welcomed the funding package announced by Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today, which will:

  • Deliver Enhanced Maternal and Child Health services to around 37,000 vulnerable families, such as those with babies born prematurely, twins and triplets, or families who need extra support.
  • Enable Maternal and Child Health nurses to undertake additional outreach visits to families at risk of family violence.
  • Extend the Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Service from one year of support to three years.
  • Provide additional training for Maternal and Child Health nurses to help them to support families experiencing family violence or struggling with trauma.
  • Provide scholarships to attract additional nurses to deliver the expanded service.
  • Expand supported playgroups across Victoria.
  • Increase the capacity of the Maternal and Child Health Line.

Cr Lalios said the funding was a welcome boost for Victoria’s Maternal and Child Health Service, which celebrates its centenary this year.

“Councils’ Maternal and Child Health nurses work tirelessly to give Victorian children the best start in life and this extra funding will help them to deliver even more support,” Cr Lalios said.

“Around 1,100 nurses already hold more than 820,000 Maternal and Child Health consultations with families each year, which includes free regular check-ups and health support at key developmental stages.

“Increasing Enhanced Maternal and Child Health services for vulnerable families was a key priority the MAV put to the State Government late last year and we are pleased it is now being delivered.

“This package follows last year’s funding increase of $133 million by the State Government, which saw the 50:50 funding partnership with local government restored.

“Almost every Victorian would have had some kind of experience with their local Maternal and Child Health Service, whether it was as a child or a new parent.

“Victoria’s Maternal and Child Health Service has been supporting children and families for 100 years and it is just as important today as it was a century ago.”

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Contact: Cr Mary Lalios on 0447 189 409 or MAV Communications on 9667 5547.