The Victorian State Government launched the Early Childhood Reform Plan as part of the 2017/18 budget announcement on 2 May, 2017.
The plan includes an $81 million investment, to expand and strengthen Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and parenting services in Victoria.
Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, stated
‘As part of this package, the Enhanced MCH service will be progressively expanded to support families with children from birth to three years of age who need extra support. This expansion will mean more families get additional support, for longer. The expansion will be guided by the work currently underway to revise and strengthen the Enhanced MCH Clinical Guidelines.
To support the roll out of these initiatives, funding will be provided for professional development for all MCH nurses. Funding will also support initiatives to recruit new nurses to the MCH Service to support the service expansion.’
The media release: More Support For New Parents And Their Children
Picture: Belinda Clarke (ANMF), Jenny Mikakos (Minister for Families and Children), Lisa Fitzpatrick (ANMF Vic Secretary) and Lael Ridgway (JLC)