More opportunities to become a Maternal Child Health nurse
'You have an opportunity to have a really positive impact on families.'
The expert advice offered by our Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurses have earned them a special place in the hearts of generations of Victorian families.
To offer new parents and their babies even more support from the MCH service, the number of Maternal and Child Health Nursing Scholarships have doubled and eligible nurses are invited to apply.
'The rewarding part is working with children and families, seeing children grow and develop, supporting children with health and developmental and wellbeing concerns' City of Moonee Valley MCH nurse Liz Parle says.
MCH Line Acting Senior Nurse Louise Wilson has been working in the sector for the past 35 years and agrees that MCH nursing is very rewarding work.
'You become part of a local community and you have an opportunity to have a really positive impact on families by supporting them and enabling social connection through mothers' groups' she says.
Retired Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurse Faye Stanesby says she was 'blessed' to work as an MCH nurse and especially loved having student nurses to teach.
'I really enjoyed teaching the future generation of maternal and child health nurses' she says.
'I’m proud to say that three of the mums that came to me who I knew were midwives went on with my encouragement to do maternal and child health and they’re all wonderful nurses.'
Celebrating MCH Nurses
MCH scholarships doubled
The Department has doubled its scholarship program for nurses to undertake postgraduate study in maternal and child health nursing.
The scholarships, up to $10,000 each, are for eligible nurses registered as both a Division 1 nurse and a midwife to undertake postgraduate study in maternal and child health nursing.
The expansion of the scholarship program is an initiative of the Victorian Government’s Early Childhood Reform Plan. The Plan provides $81.1 million to further boost MCH services so new parents and their babies receive even more support from MCH nurses.
The scholarships are designed to increase the quality and capacity of Victoria’s already world-class maternal and child health nursing workforce.
There are currently 662 physical MCH Centres across Victoria and more than 1100 MCH nurses. As well as centres across Victoria, there is also the MCH Line, a phone service offering 24/7 support to any Victorian family with a young child.
Applicants for the Maternal and Child Health Nursing Scholarship must be planning to, or are currently undertaking, one of the following courses:
- Master of Nursing (Child, Family and Community) - Latrobe University
- Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health Nursing - RMIT
Entry requirements for courses include current registration as both a Division 1 nurse and a midwife, with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). To learn more, see:
MCH Scholarship 2018
Applications for 2018 close 15 October 2017 and should be submitted online. See:
Maternal and Child Health Nursing Scholarships