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Vic MCH Services

The MERTIL course was initially developed for frontline staff and students in Victorian Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Services. This Australian-first program upskills MCH Service staff. MERTIL focuses on recognition of early signs of relational trauma, to aid prevention through rapid and sensitive response. This addresses all forms of caregiving trauma, including family violence, mental illness, grief, substance abuse, with a special focus on intergenerational trauma and at-risk populations.

The Victorian MCH Services course is only applicable to MCHNs, MCH Students and RASA staff enrolled in 2018 or 2019. This course includes Victorian specific policy content.

MERTIL aims to:

  • Build capacity for earliest detection of relational trauma
  • Extend skills and enhance confidence in response to early relational trauma
  • Enhance prevention of complex sequelae for parents and infant

Course outline

MERTIL operates as an online portal, including eight learning chapters, totalling approximately 12 hours of learning.

  • Chapter 1: Development in a Relational Context
  • Chapter 2: The significance of Attachment Relationships
  • Chapters 3, 4 and 5: Understanding trauma in parents, infants and preschoolers
  • Chapter 6: Conversation and Intervention
  • Chapters 7 and 8: Principles of Trauma Interventions

Each chapter contains a post-learning quiz and evaluation.

The online library also contains a variety of resources, including:

  • Fact sheets, resources, articles and videos
  • Links, networks, associations and conferences
  • Podcasts with national and international experts
  • Recorded Q&A webinars

Upon completion of each chapter a CPD certificate will be issued.

Learning time: 12 hours

Language: English

Suitable for: Victorian MCH Service Staff Victorian MCH Nursing Students

Please contact the MERTIL team to discuss taking on this course.


The Victorian MCHN sector’s participation in MERTIL was funded by the the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.

Why you should do MERTIL

Suitable for:
Social Workers
Family Support Workers
Child Protection Workers
Infant Mental Health Workers
General Practitioners

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Mini MERTIL: An Introduction to
Early Relational Trauma

Mini MERTIL offers those working in frontline services the perfect introduction to identifying early relational trauma in infants, as well as being a refresher course for those who have completed the full MERTIL Course.

Further Information

For further information on the course and group discounts, get in touch with the MERTIL team via our online contact form