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About Us

MCHN VIC was formed and incorporated in 2013, with just a few members and an idea for a professional association for maternal and child health nurses.   MCHN VIC is able to act as an independent association with a legal status through incorporation*.

MCHN VIC offers support, networking and opportunities for continuing professional development for both experienced and recently qualified maternal and child health nurses (MCHNs).  The Association will be able to have a voice in Maternal Child and Family Health issues and will be able to speak out on issues that affect not just members of the Association but families with young children from birth to school age.

Our Purpose

  • To connect professionals with an interest in advancing maternal, child and family health nursing
  • To promote and support the clinical specialty of maternal, child and family health nursing
  • To promote and encourage leadership in the field of maternal, child and family health nursing
  • To provide a forum for continuing professional development for maternal, child and family health nurses
  • To promote and encourage nursing research and academic advancement in the field of maternal, child and family health nursing

Network Meetings

Members will be provided with opportunities to network and to respond to relevant issues pertinent to maternal, child and family health. Regular network meetings will be held throughout the year. For information about meetings please check our Meetings page.

Membership

Membership is open to all Maternal and Child Health Nurses.  Visit this page for more information.

Executive Committee

President: Ann Hindell                       Vice President: Janet Shortal

Secretary:   Karen Mainwaring         Treasurer: vacant

Conference and General Committee

Liz Palk          Joanne Fittock

Newsletter Editor

Lenny Barras

*When a club or community group incorporates, it becomes a ‘legal person’ – that is, a legal entity that stays the same even if its members change. It can enter into contracts in its own name; for example, to borrow money or buy equipment. This protects the individual members of the association from legal liabilities.
Victorian incorporated associations are registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012.