The goal of the CMCFH is to improve the health of Australian families through leadership in midwifery, child and family health research, education, practice development and consultancy. Our focus is on childbearing women and their families with children up to five years of age. We conduct research that improves the quality of practice and services provided by practitioners, particularly midwives and child and family health nurses. We also undertake research to improve the systems responsible for the delivery of that care. Our activities inform education, practice and policy development, service delivery and consultancy.Philosophy
Underpinning the work of the CMCFH is our focus on a broad definition of health incorporating physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual well being. We believe that the sharing of professional knowledge, research evidence and experience through partnerships of clinicians, university faculty, other health professionals and community members enhances and improves services. The CMCFH is committed to improving health care through education and research, and works with others to integrate this into practice and policy. We believe that research incorporated into consultancy, technical advice and policy development can improve health and social systems that support new families.