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The My Health and Development Record is provided to the parents of every newborn child in Victoria. It is a key reference for parents and Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurses, and used by parents to record their child’s health, growth, development, and immunisations. For parents, it also provides evidence-based information that illustrates the importance of the early years in lifelong health, learning and development, and introduces them to services available to support them to provide their baby with the best possible start to life.
MCH nurses are uniquely placed to promote families’ knowledge of, and access to, services and information to support them in their critical role as parents. The Record assists in engaging parents and supporting partnerships between families, MCH nurses and other professionals to optimise children’s health, learning and development.
The Enhancement of the My Health and Development Record project was undertaken in 2015 by the Centre for Community Child Health for the Department of Education and Training (DE&T), Victoria. The overall aim of the project was to adapt the Record to enable it to better support children’s learning and recognise the importance of the home learning environment in contributing to optimal learning and development. The project sought to improve outcomes for Victorian children by providing families with information about the importance of early learning, building parent confidence and promoting engagement with quality early learning services.
For more information on the Enhancement of the My Health and Development Record, please contact Vikki Leone, Project Manager.
The Centre for Community Child Health is a department of The Royal Children’s Hospital and a research group of Murdoch Childrens Research Institute.