MCH training

Training opportunities, online modules and improving professional practice for maternal and child health (MCH) nurses.

MCH nurses and professionals can also access courses and online modules in the health and wellbeing training section.

Continuing professional development

MCH nurses are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) annually. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) sets the standards for CPD, and has produced guidelines and a fact sheet on CPD (in effect from 1 June 2016).

Key ages and stages

The revised Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Key Ages and Stages (KAS) Framework was rolled out statewide in 2009-2010.

Training is available for those MCH nurses that have not completed the training previously. The following training sessions are available:

MCH framework
  • information regarding the MCH Service, Framework, and resources
  • provided at LaTrobe and RMIT universities for students; LGA induction.
Parent's Evaluation of Developmental Status - Primary Developmental screening tool
Infant sleep training - Intervention at the 8 months Key Ages and Stages consultation
Family violence - Common Risk Assessment Framework
SIDS/SUDI (sudden infant death of an infant) risk assessment
  • provided at LaTrobe and RMIT universities for students.
  • to access the Safe Infant Sleeping eLearning education package, see: e-learning education package
QUIT smoking intervention
Key ages and stages training enquiries

Brigance III secondary developmental screening tool

The Brigance Early Childhood Screen III (0-35 months) is a collection of quick, highly accurate assessments and data-gathering tools to use with children up to three years of age.

Brigance highlights the importance of screening as the first step in assessing emerging school readiness, providing a snapshot of a child's mastery of early developmental and academic skills. Screening also enables educators to readily identify children who may be developmentally delayed and children who may be developmentally advanced and, therefore, can support early intervention, as required.

Brigance III is used in conjunction with the PEDS primary developmental screening tool, and professional judgment.

Brigance III train the trainer resources