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 details:

MCH clinical guidance

Innovation in the MCH service

The MCH innovation practice guide will help professionals working in the MCH 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.

MCH service guidelines

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

MCH service program standards

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

Expansion of the Enhanced MCH program

A landmark investment in the early years was announced as part of the 2017-18 Victorian Budget, with additional funding being provided to expand and improve MCH services in Victoria.​

For further information on the expansion of the Enhanced MCH program, email​.

Enhanced MCH guidelines 2018

The Enhanced MCH guidelines 2018 provide information to professionals working in the service based on:

Note: these guidelines replace the Enhanced MCH Guidelines (2003-2004).


Enhanced MCH clinical supervision guidelines

The Clinical supervision guidelines have been developed for use by local governments, MCH coordinators and team leaders, and Enhanced MCH nurses, to describe and improve the standards and consistency of clinical supervision for the Enhanced MCH workforce working in local government agencies across Victoria:​


Clinical supervision guidelines templates (docx - 34.44kb)

Find a clinical supervisor

Fact sheet - finding a clinical supervisor (pdf - 144.76kb)

MCH service administration

The Victorian MCH service is a partnership between the Department and local government, and aims to promote healthy outcomes for children and their families.

TheMemorandum of understanding (MOU) between the Department and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) 2017-2020  guides the partnership between state and local governments (represented by MAV) in decision making for planning, funding and provision of the Victorian MCH service.

The MCH service MOU forms an implementation agreement under the overarching Early Years Compact, an agreement between the Department of Education and Training, the Department of Health and Human Services, and local governments (represented by MAV).

Contact us

The MCH team at the Department can be contacted at:

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

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