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1 Review of Maternal and Child Health Service Human Services Directors’ Forum 24 April 2013 Dr Ro Saxon, HDG Consulting Group

2 Aim To maintain a high quality, evidence-based universal service for all children and families, while giving priority to, and improving outcomes for, vulnerable children and families. Objective To examine the various components that make up the MCH Service informed by the latest evidence, and identify options to enhance, refine or modify the planning, delivery and evaluation of the MCH service in response to existing and emerging challenges.

3 Key concepts 3

4 Additional Eg. ARACY nurse home visiting trial Enhanced MCH Service More intensive support for target group of families with children <1 yr Target of 7,013 families to receive between 15-17 hours of service Supported approx 13,000 clients in 2010-11 1 TARGETED SERVICES Universal MCH Service Free universal service for children birth to school age Structured as 6.75 hours over 10 key ages and stages ~ 73,000 newborns and mothers in 2011-12 400,000 nurse consultations per year 44,040 referrals 2 made 24 hour MCH Telephone Line - > 100,000 families supported 3 TOTAL POPULATION 4 UNDER TRIAL The MCH Service

5 Policy context Commonwealth  National Framework for Universal Child and Family Health Services  National partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education  National Early Childhood Development Strategy – Investing in the Early Years  National Quality Agenda for Early Childhood Education and Care  3 year old health check (2012-13 Budget) by GPs  National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020  FaHCSIA programs, Family Support Services National Collaboration Framework 2009-2013 State  Towards Victoria as a Learning Community  Directions Paper responding to Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry  Victorian Families Statement  Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework  Improving Victoria’s Early Childhood Workforce  Early Years Strategy (proposed) Local  Municipal Public Health and Wellbeing Plans  Municipal Early Years Planning Framework and Plans  Planning, co-funding and provision of MCH Services

6 Drivers Respond to increasing pressures Wellness approach, strength based, informed parents Improve outcomes for children/families experiencing vulnerability Strengthen progressive universalism (see over) Improve service efficiency Increase emphasis on integrated responses Improve information management

7 Elements 7 Systems and arrangements supporting collaboration across different services and settings MCH Services see all children & their families at every stage of a child’s development Other policies and programs that support parents The workforce mix and competency framework Service delivery model Structure & activities offered; Interactions with other services provided The funding model Outcomes and quality monitoring 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

8 Concepts Progressive universalism –all children and families have access to services –a progressively greater level of support / intensity to be provided to those who need it Integrated approaches –The multi-dimensional nature of vulnerability requires an integrated approach from a range of practitioners and sectors Wellness, strength-based approach –Parents well informed, information and education –Capacity building, build on strengths (not deficit focus) –Flexible responses, choice, self-directed, family diversity Increased focus on monitoring outcomes

9 Consultation / Discussion Questions 9 The aim is to maintain a high quality, evidence-based universal service for all children and families, while giving priority to, and improving outcomes for, vulnerable children and families.

10 Question 1: What are the biggest challenges for local government in relation to engaging and supporting children/families experiencing vulnerability? e.g. from a systemic, policy, resourcing, service design, data or other perspective?

11 Question 2: How could services, resources or supports could be allocated or arranged so that there is an increased level of support for children/families experiencing vulnerability? What would have the most impact?

12 Question 3: How could a more flexible workforce (such as a multi-disciplinary team) be achieved?

13 Question 4: What challenges and opportunities does this reform offer? Given the broad context of what might be possible, what would you suggest as priorities for the following time frames? - Short term (1-2 years) - Medium term (3-5 years) - Longer term (5-10 years)

14 Other comments or suggestions? Next steps Survey Thank you


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