Across New Zealand health professional groups, there is a good level of understanding of the major SUDI risks (e.g. smoking / safe sleeping) but knowledge and understanding of all of current known risks is not consistent due to changing evidence and policy. Therefore, the aim of this programme is to build on pre-existing knowledge but work towards correcting misconceptions and to reinforce current evidence-based guidance. Raising health professional knowledge levels of SUDI is vital towards supporting families better understanding that it can be prevented.
The training covers the following topics:
New Zealand is a signatory to the World Health Organization International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (WHO Code). The WHO Code aims for safe and adequate nutrition for infants by protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding, and ensuring proper use of breastmilk substitutes (infant formula), when they are necessary.
The Ministry of Health is responsible for implementing and monitoring New Zealand’s interpretation of the WHO Code. It does so under two self-regulatory codes of practice:
The National Screening Unit (NSU) offers online education for health practitioners who provide services within the antenatal and newborn screening programmes. LearnOnline() is a vocational training resource hub for New Zealand’s community of health practitioners. There is a growing number of courses available, provided by different organisations, for health workers either studying or working in different fields of practice.
The NSU offers five eLearning Modules through LearnOnline().
The NSU antenatal and newborn screening modules have been approved by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand for five professional development points per module.
The first module Screening Principles and Practice must be completed and points allocated before points can be allocated to any of the other four modules.