INfant Feeding, Active play and NuTrition (INFANT) implementation training is successfully underway – to date over 150 Victorian health professionals and staff have completed training.

This year INFANT is continuing to offer implementation training to assist health professionals to implement and deliver INFANT in their community.

Who is the training for and what are the benefits?

Implementation training is available to all Victorian Maternal and Child Health (MCH) nurses (including students) until mid-2021 as well as those interested in implementing INFANT (e.g., nurses, dietitians, health promotion officers, managers and administration support staff).

Training with INFANT is made easy; it’s a free, online, self-paced course offered over a four-week period with much to offer:

  • Our lead educators from Deakin’s IPAN will collaborate with you throughout the course to facilitate the discussions, support learning and answer questions. When you train with INFANT, you choose knowledgeable, supportive and flexible learning.
  • You will learn with Professor Karen Campbell, Associate Professor Rachel Laws, Dr Penny Love, Ms Anthea Gregoriou and Ms Kathy McConell all with expertise in early intervention and early life nutrition.
  • Contemporary evidence informed information, about INFANT content and delivery.
  • An abundance of supportive content materials and resources available to sustainably implement INFANT in your community.
  • Upon training competition, you will also receive a certificate to use when logging your continuing professional development (CPD) points.

What are participants saying?

Recent INFANT training participants have said the experience was useful, relevant and easy to complete with flexible online learning:

“As a MCH nurse, I found the information provided in the course supplements the information we are giving our clients. I am looking forward to discussing the possibility of implementation in our council area.”

 

“Easy to follow, with excellent tips for running groups.”

 

“I loved learning about the INFANT program and also the My Baby Now app. I think this will be an invaluable tool for parents.”

Hear from your educators

One of the lead researchers and educators of INFANT implementation evaluation, Associate Professor Rachel Laws said the training participants made teaching such an enjoyable experience. She noted their enthusiastic collaboration and confidence to implement as key successes of the training experience.

“It’s wonderful to see all the interaction and sharing of knowledge and experiences amongst those doing the training. It’s a great example of how researchers and practitioners can learn from each other,” Associate Professor Laws said.

Our supporting partners

We would like to acknowledge and thank our partners, including the Department of Health (DH), including Maternal and Child Health, and the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV), in supporting the implementation and evaluation of INFANT.

Deakin University gratefully acknowledges the Victorian Department of Health for additional funding to enhance the implementation of INFANT across Victoria in 2021.

How do you register?

Our next free training round is in April/May 2021 (19th April 2021—14th May 2021) – Register now!