MECSH Best Fit Checklist

Service System Requirements 

The MECSH program requires that the maternal and child health services in the area served by the MECSH program have the following five system requirements:

  1. A universal population-based system for identifying pregnant women
    • Identify before 20 weeks gestation (preferably)
    • Hospital booking-in system enables early book-in
    • Work with community and health care providers (eg GPs)
  2. A universal population-based system for assessing psychosocial risks of each family expecting an infant
    • Psychosocial risk questions
    • Edinburgh Depression Scale
  3. A process for reviewing families’ psychosocial risks to identify those families who would benefit from participation in the MECSH program
    • Facility to “flag” files of potential eligible families
    • Case discussion meetings to review families psychosocial risks
    • System generate a list of families to be offered the Program
  4. A process for contacting eligible families who would benefit from participation in the MECSH program in order to offer them the program
    • Initial contact to be made by Program Nurse
  5. A process for monitoring the identification of eligible families and uptake of the Program by families
    • Ongoing monitoring of requirements 1 to 3
    • Ongoing monitoring of requirement 4

The MECSH program is licensed by the University of NSW. Child and family service providers implementing MECSH in their communities are provided with support through the license and a three-year implementation support package. Granting of a license signifies a commitment by the licensed child and family service to delivery of a quality intervention and service systems to meet the needs of vulnerable families in their community.

If you are considering implementing the MECSH program, please contact CHETRE for more information.

MECSH Checklist