As part of Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children, the Victorian Government announced $1.6 million over two years to work with Koorie communities, to co-design a Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service delivery model to deliver more culturally responsive and high-quality services through both Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisations (ACCOs) and current service providers.
Following a grants round, the Minister for Families and Children announced that the following organisations will receive a grant to trial the AMCHI Service Model:
- City of Darebin, in partnership with VACCA
- City of Whittlesea
- Gippsland Lakes Community Health, in partnership with Gippsland and East Gippsland Aboriginal Co-operative
- Gunditjmara Aboriginal Co-operative, in partnership with Warrnambool City Council
- Latrobe City Council, in partnership with Ramahyuck District Aboriginal Corporation
- MDAS Swan Hill
- Mitchell Shire Council
- Njernda Aboriginal Corporation
- Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative
- Wyndham City Council, in partnership with VACCA.
The grants will be used to trial the Aboriginal MCH Initiative Service Model, which aims to deliver more culturally responsive, high quality and tailored MCH services for Aboriginal families. It encompasses the provision of the universal MCH Service, which delivers a free, universally accessible, state-wide service for all families with children aged from birth to school age.
The trials will run from September 2017 to September 2018.
What is the Aboriginal MCH Initiative Service Model?
The Aboriginal MCH Initiative Service Model comprises five service principles in three delivery settings. The five service principles support self-determination and the delivery of a high quality, culturally safe MCH Service to Aboriginal families:
- Families receive information about the MCH Service in the antenatal period.
- Families can elect to receive the MCH Service from a local government, an ACCO, or a combination of both at any point in the family's engagement with the Service.
- Families have the choice to engage with Aboriginal staff in the delivery of the MCH Service regardless of their location.
- Families will receive a culturally safe, flexible, high quality and empowering service from their MCH provider.
- Families receive an integrated coordinated approach to service delivery with 'no wrong door'.
The three service delivery settings in which the AMCHI Service Model will be trialled are within local government, within an ACCO, or within an integrated partnership.
Questions regarding the Aboriginal MCH Initiative can be emailed to: