Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health Initiative

​​​​​​The Aboriginal Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Initiative is focussed on improving​​ outcomes for Aboriginal families across Victoria. A co-design process saw the development of the Aboriginal MCH Initiative (AMCHI) service model, which aims to deliver more culturally responsive, high quality and tailored MCH services for Koorie communities.

The AMCHI trials began in September 2017 and will run until September 2018.

The AM​CHI Service Model

The AMCHI service model is made up of five service principles, delivered in three delivery settings. The five service principles are:

  • 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 five service principles support self-determination and the delivery of a high quality, culturally safe MCH Service to Aboriginal families.

These principles are currently being trialled within a local government; within an ACCO; or as part of an Integrated Partnership.

AMCHI trial sites

The following organisations are currently trialling the AMCHI service model :

  • City of Darebin, in partnership with VACCA
  • City of Whittlesea
  • 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.​


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 MCH service delivery model to deliver more culturally responsive and high-quality services through both ACCOs and current service providers. ​


Questions regarding the Aboriginal MCH Initiative can be emailed to: amchi.grants@dhhs.vic.gov.au