MECSH History

Originally titled the Miller Early Childhood Sustained Home visiting program, MECSH was a program of intervention and research conducted in the Miller/Green Valley (postcode 2168) area of south western Sydney, NSW, Australia.

The MECSH intervention and trial were funded by the Australian Research Council (LP0560285), Sydney South West Area Health Service, NSW Department of Community Services and NSW Department of Health. It was the first Australian randomised trial to determine the impact of a comprehensive sustained nurse home visiting program commencing antenatally in a population group living in an area of known disadvantage.

The MECSH program applies an ecological framework, recognising that the health, development and wellbeing of children is the product of complex interacting factors at the individual, family and community level.

Drawing by a child of the MECSH Intervention Trial aged 4 years

Drawing by a child of the MECSH Trial aged 4 years