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.

Current projects

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.

MCH Conferences

In collaboration with the DET, MAV host Maternal and Child Health Conferences twice a year.

The conferences provide an opportunity for the workforce to come together and learn about a range of subjects and areas that impact on the Maternal and Child Health Service.

Importantly, they provide an opportunity to network across the profession, the tiers of government and academia.

The conferences are open to all MCH nurses, MCH students and allied health professionals working in the maternal and child health sector.

The dates for 2019 are:

  • Friday 1 March
  • Friday 1 November.

October 2018 Conference

See presentations from the conference held on Friday 26 October 2018:


March 2018 Conference

See presentations from the conference held on Friday 23 March 2018:


November 2017 Conference

See presentations from the conference held on Friday 3 November 2017:


April 2017 Conference

See presentations from the conference held on Friday 21 April 2017:


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.

MAV Resources

MCH qualification flowchart

MCH students

Other resources

Engage with us

Kim Howland
MCH Policy Adviser
(03) 9667 5563