Victorian Child and Adolescent Monitoring System

Victorian Child and Adolescent Monitoring System (VCAMS)

In 2006, CHSD was originally commissioned by the Victorian Department of Human Services (DHS) to develop a catalogue of evidence-based strategies for the health and wellbeing of children aged 0-8 years. The original catalogue was created for the Best Start program, which has a particular focus on prevention and early intervention with vulnerable families, including socially disadvantaged families, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (ATSI) families, people from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds, and families living in rural areas.

Subsequently, the Catalogue of Evidence-Based Strategies for improving the health and wellbeing of Victoria’s children was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD). In this 2010 report, revised narrative reviews and, where necessary, new catalogue entries were provided for 12 indicators originally reviewed in 2008. 

The task in updating the catalogue was to check whether any relevant, new evidence had emerged in the academic or grey literature for each of the indicators being reviewed. This may mean adding a new strategy and catalogue entry for an indicator, instead of or in addition to existing strategies. 

The indicators updated in this work in 2010 include seven adolescent indicators linked to prevention of school disengagement and promotion of success for young people at risk of leaving school early, and in addition, updates were provided for four child and adolescent indicators:

  • Hospitalisation rate for asthma
  • Low birth weight
  • Proportion of children with emotional or behavioural difficulties
  • Proportion of families who are food insecure


The catalogue now has wider application beyond the Best Start program, and is a key element in the Victorian Child and Adolescent Monitoring System (VCAMS), providing practical guidance to policy makers and program developers. Nevertheless, the above goals, priorities and service delivery models remain relevant. It is available via the web at:



Project team: Kate Williams, Dave Fildes, Nick Marosszeky, Sheila Matete, Pam Grootemaat, Carrie Findlay, Malcolm Masso, Heather Yeatman, Deanne Condon-Paoloni, Nadine Harwood, Chris Magee, Darcy Morris, Kathy Eagar 

Last reviewed: 7 August, 2018

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