Early childhood careers in health include nursing professionals who look after babies, young children, parents and school communities.
Maternal and child health nurse
Maternal and child health (MCH) nurses play a vital role in the early childhood sector supporting the development, health and wellbeing of babies and toddlers.
They provide care and monitoring and run educational programs to assist parents and help them to develop supportive social networks.
To practice in Victoria, maternal and child health nurses must be registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA) and:
- be a Division 1 registered nurse
- be a registered midwife
- hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Community Child Health.
Before starting maternal and child health studies, at least one year’s experience as a midwife is preferable. Midwives have traditionally undertaken a three-year university degree in nursing and then completed a postgraduate qualification in midwifery to be eligible for registration. More recently, three-year university degrees in midwifery and double degrees have commenced in Victoria.
Suitable qualifications include: Bachelor of Nursing (three years); Bachelor of Nursing or Bachelor of Midwifery (four years); Postgraduate studies in nursing, depending on interest/area of specialisation.
For more information on the training required to qualify as a maternal and child health nurse, see: Maternal and Child Health Nurse Qualifications
For further information about being a maternal child health nurse, see:
Maternal and Child Health Nurse fact sheet (pdf - 223.55kb) | Word (docx - 377.03kb)
Primary school nurse
School nurses promote child health and wellbeing and assist in early identification of children with potential health related learning difficulties.
To work as a nurse, including a school nurse, you’ll need to be a Registered Nurse Division 1 nurse with the AHPRA.
Suitable qualifications include:
- Bachelor of Nursing (three years)
- Postgraduate Studies in Nursing, depending on interest/area of specialisation)
For further information about being a primary school nurse, see:
Primary School Nurse fact sheet (pdf - 226.35kb) | Word (docx - 378.18kb)