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Vic MCH Service


About the Victorian MCH MERTIL course:

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. To access this course, click here.

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, infants and young children.

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

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 and case consultations (please add)

The Vic MCH Services course has been completed and is now part of the MERTIL full course.

Learning time: 12 hours

Language: English

Suitable for:
Victorian MCH Service Staff
Victorian MMCH Nursing Students

MERTIL: Online training in recognition of and response to early relational trauma

Commence the full MERTIL course with access to an extended library of resources for only


Further discounted prices apply for workforce groups. 25% discount for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, practitioners & organisations. (Conditions apply)

*MERTIL access is three (3) months; Mini MERTIL and Library access is twelve (12) months

MERTIL’s background

Since 2018, the MERTIL online course has been completed by over 1600 Victorian Maternal and Child Health Nurses. Research found strong evidence of effectiveness, including dramatic increases in self-rated confidence in responding to early relational trauma (Clancy, McIntosh et al, 2020). On this basis, we have created a generic version of the course for use in all frontline services that support the well-being of parents and young children.

MERTIL’s home

The MERTIL project is based at The Bouverie Centre, La Trobe University, and operates in partnership with Deakin University, and the Royal Women’s Hospital, Melbourne.

You will receive:

  • All eight (8) MERTIL online modules, totalling 12 hours of learning;
  • Access to Mini MERTIL, our 2 hour online refresher/introduction to MERTIL;
  • Library resources including podcasts and factsheets; and
  • Recorded case consultations and webinars

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.