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Implementing Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-Visiting Program (MECSH)

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Training to Support Implementation

Last Updated

May 2014


Requirements for Program Certification

MECSH is a licensed program of the University of New South Wales, Australia. Licensees are granted a three-year, nonexclusive, nontransferable license to implement the MECSH program subject to (1) payment of a support service fee for implementation support and (2) regular provision of data every three months demonstrating fidelity of program provision. After the first three years the license may be renewed and no further fees are required subject to ongoing provision of data every three months demonstrating fidelity of program provision.


Pre-Service Staff Training

Nurse home visitors and supervisors are required to receive training in the Family Partnership Model (or equivalent), which aims to help primary care health workers collaborate with families to address the psychological and social problems that commonly arise in all families; they also receive training in the Learning to Communicate child development parent education program (or equivalent).

Nurses, supervisors, and other program staff are also required to complete two modules of online training in the MECSH program before working in the program. Supervisors are trained in reflective clinical practice supervision techniques.


In-Service Staff Training

Within six months of starting to work in the program, nurses and supervisors are required to complete six modules of online training and an in-person, day-long training.


Training Materials

An online and in-person training program is available through the program developer.


Qualified Trainers

MECSH includes an on-site visit, training, and online access to the program developer and consultants.


Technical Assistance

MECSH support service includes technical assistance and support for fidelity monitoring.



The information contained on this page was last updated in May 2014. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by Dr. Lynn Kemp at the University of New South Wales on May 11, 2014. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.