The Victorian Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service is a free universal primary health service available for all Victorian families with children from birth to school age.
The MCH Service consists of 3 components including the:
- Universal MCH program
- Enhanced MCH program
- 24-hour MCH Line.
Maternal and Child Health Service framework
Guidelines, standards and key documents included in the MCH framework resource map for maternal and child health services to help with managing, providing and monitoring services.
Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health - Aboriginal-led MCH services
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) supports Aboriginal-led MCH services in Aboriginal organisations.
Child Development Information System
Child Development Information System makes the delivery of healthcare more effective and efficient.
Maternal and Child Health Service resources
Resources for Maternal and Child Health nurses and services to assist with clinical practice and service delivery across a range of topics.
Maternal Child and Health reporting and data
Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Service reporting and data, including annual reports.
Maternal and Child Health Workforce professional development
MCH nurses are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) annually. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) sets the standards for CPD and has produced guidelines and a fact sheet on CPD.
Early Parenting Centres
Victorian Early Parenting Centres are a free service available for all Victorian families with children from birth to 4 years needing specialised support to achieve their parenting goals.
From July 2019, the Victorian government will offer first-time parents and carers a bundle of nursery essentials.
Nursery Equipment Program
This program provides safe nursery equipment for vulnerable Victorian families where a safety concern is identified by a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurse via our MCH Safe Sleeping checklist.
Sleep and settling
Documents that support MCH nurses and MCH services in the delivery of sleep and settling support.
Reviewed 18 November 2023