There are six Maternal and Child Health Program Standards. Each Standard has four components:
- Statement of rationale – outlines why the Standard has been included.
- Criteria – each criterion contains a number of elements outlining how the Service demonstrates compliance with, and performance relevant to, the standard.
- Performance criteria – strategies, procedures and processes that need to be in place to meet the criteria.
- Examples of evidence – examples of how the criteria may be met.
The six standards are not mutually exclusive. Elements of each standard and the underlying criteria within the standards are closely linked.