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Competency and/or Documentation Standards for the Maternal and Child Health Nurse in Victoria are available as is the '100 years of Maternal & Child Health Nursing: 1917-2017' booklet for $10-15 per copy.

Welcome to VAMCHN

Victorian Association of Maternal and Child Health Nurses

The Victorian Association of Maternal and Child Health Nurses is Victoria's peak professional body committed to the advancement of maternal and child health nursing.

VAMCHN (formerly known as Maternal & Child Health Nurse Special Interest Group), is a professional body of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF Vic Branch) that was established in the 1940s, to support Maternal & Child Health (MCH) in Victoria. Today, VAMCHN continues its commitment to the advancement of Maternal and Child Health profession and practice. Hence, supporting MCH nurses in the promotion of child and family health and wellbeing through knowledge and practice development.

VAMCHN is active in research, peer support and promotion of MCH. Currently VAMCHN Executive members represent MCH nurses on a variety of Committees, both at a State and National level that focus on the improvement of MCH Service, Government policies, communication strategies and contribute to planning education and training programs for nurses.

To promote the professional and educational interests of MCH Nurses

  • To promote the professional and educational interests of Maternal & Child Health Nurses (MCH)
  • To provide peer support and networking for exchange of knowledge and experience
  • To raise the public profile of MCH nurses in metropolitan and rural areas
  • To continue working in close liaison with Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF Vic Branch)
  • To liaise with the Department of Education & Training (DET), the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS), the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and other related government departments on issues related to the MCH service
VAMCHN Rules of Group 2014

President Lisa Auchettl
Vice Chair Toni Ormston
Secretary Catie Bortolot
Treasurer Janet White
Membership  Heidi Brundell 
Website Administrator Maria McKinnon
Editor Ros Monagle
Regional Rural Member Leesa Hooker 
Merchandise (Vacant)
General Committee Members Lael Ridgway  & Joan Myers-Braun
MCaFHNA Representatives  Bernice Boland (vacate position Nov 2018)
                                                Toni Ormston
                                                Anne Colahan (from Nov 2018)

As a professional body of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF Vic Branch), the Victorian Association of Maternal & Child Health Nurses (VAMCHN) is committed to providing financial support for members to further enhance their knowledge through professional development and additional study. Scholarships and Grants are available for members - see application information on the' Scholarships and Grants' page.

Acknowledgement of significant member contribution is recognised through the Fran Morris Award - see the 'Fran Morris Award' page.

About VAMCHN

We are a professional body of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Federation (ANMF Vic Branch). The group is active in research, peer support and promotion of Maternal and Child Health.

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