MCH Practice and Service Guidelines

​​​​​​Practice, service and clinical guidelines to assist Maternal and Child Health professionals in the manag​em​​ent, delivery and monitoring of the service.

For accessible versions of the documents on this page, email:

Practice guidelines

The MCH Practice Guidelines 2009 booklet details:

Clinical guidelines

Innovation in the MCH service

The Innovation practice guide will help professionals working in the service to:

  • identify potential innovations
  • support the sector to design and implement innovations
  • contribute to the ongoing evidence base by developing evaluation and monitoring capabilities.

The guide is also useful for community-based organisations who collaborate with MCH services the delivery of programs and activities.

Service guidelines

The Service guidelines 2011 outline service delivery and monitoring requirements in line with policy directions.

Service standards

The following documents outline the standards to which every MCH service must meet:

Enhanced MCH home visiting service guidelines

The enhanced MCH home visiting service guidelines provide information to professionals working in the service based on:

  • early years research
  • Government policy context
  • findings of the new initiative evaluation projects
  • consultation with service providers and other relevant stakeholders.

These guidelines replaced the Preliminary Maternal and Child Health Enhanced Home Visiting Guidelines developed at the commencement of the implementation of the Enhanced Home Visiting Service in 2000.

Enhanced MCH supervision guidelines

The clinical supervision guidelines have been developed for use by the following individuals in an effort to describe and improve the standards and consistency of clinical supervision for the Enhanced MCH workforce working in local government agencies across Victoria:

  • local government chief executives and management
  • MCH Coordinators and team leaders
  • Enhanced MCH nurses.


Clinical Supervision Guidelines templates (docx - 34.44kb)

Find a clinical supervisor

Fact Sheet - Finding a Clinical Supervisor (pdf - 144.76kb)

How the MCH service is administered

The service is provided in partnership with the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), local government and the Department, and aims to promote healthy outcomes for children and their families.

A statement of agreed principles and priority areas guides the partnership between state and local governments in decision making for planning, funding and provision of the Victorian MCH Service.

Contact us

MCH service administrators can be contacted on:

Email (preferred)
Post: Maternal and Child Health, Department of Education and Training, GPO Box 4367, Melbourne 3001

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