As Victoria celebrates the 100th anniversary of our Maternal and Child Health (MCH) service, new parents and their babies will receive even more support following a funding boost announced in this year’s Budget.
Premier Daniel Andrews and Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos recently announced an $81.1 million package to give more families the vital support they need to raise healthy, happy kids and to make sure they’re ready for kinder and ready for school.
More than 37,000 families will be able to rely on expanded Enhanced MCH services until their child turns three.
Previously, this intensive support cut out after just one year, leaving many parents without much-needed advice.
As well as providing information on feeding and sleeping, our MCH nurses also give vital advice on a child’s development and help ensure our kids get the best start in life.
The funding will also expand supported playgroups across the state, connecting new parents to share their experiences and help each other.
In an Australian first, those at risk of family violence will receive an additional outreach visit by MCH nurses.
As part of the package, MCH nurses will also get training in the latest techniques and practices to support families, including those struggling with trauma.
To make sure parents have access to information when they need it, the MCH Line will also get additional funding to respond to parents’ concerns over the phone.
This investment is a key part of the Education State early childhood reforms and supports the Roadmap for Reform: Strong Families, Safe Children.