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 the MAV 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
- Committees and Reference Groups
- MCH Conferences
- MCH Resources
Maternal and Child Health is an ongoing priority for the MAV. Our current projects include:
- 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.
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.
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.
A colletion of resources about Maternal and child Health is available at MCH Resources.
MCH Scholarship Applications for 2020
Latrobe and RMIT Universities are currently administering the MCH Scholarship Program for 2020, in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services. Applications are now open, and can be accessed via the following links:
Engage with us
MCH Policy Adviser
(03) 9667 5563