Maternal and child health
The MAV works in partnership with the Victorian Government on policy directions, funding and continuous improvement for maternal and child health services in conjunction with other early childhood services.
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between us and the Department of Education and Training (DET) guides the partnership between state and local government for the planning, funding and provision of maternal and child health services.
Our policy adviser works to deliver the outcomes and obligations detailed under the MOU. This includes:
- Representing the sector on a range of early years advisory groups and forums
- Contributing to developing and reviewing policy frameworks and initiatives
- Engaging in ongoing discussion on matters relating to local government and management of maternal and child health services
- Reporting on key strategic projects and outcomes
- Promoting and strengthening the capability and the proactive role of Victorian councils regarding maternal and child health services.
On this page:
- Current projects
- About the Memorandum of Understanding
- MCH Conferences
- Committees and Reference Groups
Maternal and Child Health is an ongoing priority for the MAV. Our current projects include:
- Review of the Enhanced Maternal and Child Health Guidelines
- Review of the MCH Framework, service and clinical guidelines
- Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan
- Roadmap to Reform Plan
- Family Violence Reform
- MCH - Child Development Information System.
About the Memorandum of Understanding
The MCH Service MOU includes a statement of agreed principles and priority areas to guide the partnership between State and local government as partners in decision-making for the planning, funding, and provision of the Victorian MCH Service.
This collaborative approach strengthens the MCH Service’s capacity to engage with all families in Victoria with children from birth to school age in a timely manner in order to improve their health, development and wellbeing. This approach takes into account families’ strengths and vulnerabilities, and provides ongoing primary health care according to need.
The MOU represents a shared commitment to the delivery and improvement of the MCH Service. The following principles underpin this shared commitment:
- Working in a transparent and mutually accountable way to design, plan and deliver on agreed priorities, respecting each party’s roles and responsibilities
- Holding a shared focus on improving outcomes for children and their families
- Engaging families and children in decision making about the services and supports they need
- Sharing information, data and evidence to support best practice and identify areas for improvement
- Using a systems and place-based approach to deliver well connected, inclusive and high-quality services tailored to local communities.
In collaboration with the DET, MAV host Maternal and Child Health Conferences twice a year.
Information about the conferences and presentations from them can be found at MCH Conferences.
Committees and Reference Groups
- Aboriginal MCH Initiative Advisory Group
- MCH Expert Reference Group
- Universal Services Working Group
- Victorian MCH Coordinators Group
- Child Development Information System Reference Group
- Child Development Information System User Group.
MCH qualification flowchart
- DET Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Nursing Scholarships (PDF - 132KB)
- Expression of Interest for MCH Clinical Placement (PDF - 268KB)
- Expression of Interest for MCH Clinical Placement (Word - 19.6KB)
- Student info pack re MCH applications (PDF - 134KB)
- RMIT University Graduate Diploma in Child & Family Health Nursing FAQs (PDF - 607KB)
- Latrobe University Graduate Diploma in Child, Family and Community Nursing Applicant Supplementary Form (Word - 134KB)
- DET – Maternal and Child Health
- Find a maternal and child health service
- MCH Information Sharing Toolkit (PDF - 657KB)
- MCH Information Sharing Toolkit (Word - 429KB)
- MCH Transition to Practice Guidelines (PDF - 1.05MB)
- Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
Engage with us
MCH Policy Adviser
(03) 9667 5563