The Victorian Government has committed $950,000 for a Maternal and Child Health Service Innovation Fund to support Victoria’s Maternal and Child Health (MCH) services to continue to meet the evolving needs of children and families.
The fund will foster the development and adoption of sustainable practices to enhance outcomes for vulnerable children and families, and to provide information to foster system wide service improvements.
Following a competitive grants round the Minister for Families and Children has announced that the following local governments and their partners will receive MCHSIF grants:
Stream 1: Local Innovation and Service Improvement
- Rural City of Wangaratta
- Manningham City Council
- Macedon Ranges Shire Council
- City of Port Phillip
- Hobsons Bay City Council
- Wyndham City Council
- Mount Alexander Shire Council
- Mornington Peninsula Shire Council.
Stream 2: Collaborative Practice
- Swan Hill Rural City Council
- City of Greater Dandenong
- Brimbank City Council
- City of Boroondara
- Towong Shire Council
The Department of Education and Training will be undertaking an evaluation of the fund in order to understand how the funded projects have improved service provision to families experiencing vulnerability. The evaluation will also inform how lessons from individually funded projects can be applied to local and system-wide service improvements.
Questions regarding the MCHSIF can be emailed to: MCH.firstname.lastname@example.org