INFANT Training

INFANT training for community implementation

Why join the course and who is it for?

Join the course to learn about the INFANT program content, facilitating the program and implementing INFANT in your community. The course provides participants with the latest evidence on healthy eating and active play in the early years of life. All participants will get a certificate upon completion for logging their CPD points.

This course has been created primarily for health professionals and staff interested in implementing the INFANT program in their community and as professional development. Participants could include Maternal and Child Health Nurses, dietitians, health promotion officers, parent support workers (INFANT session facilitators), as well as managers, administration support staff and partner organisations (people involved in implementation).

What does the course involve and how is it delivered?

The INFANT course is available online and takes approximately 6-8 hours to complete, self-paced over a four-week period. The set time period gives you flexibility to do the course and ensures that you have a group of peers to work with. Expert course educators from Deakin University will be available during the course to facilitate the discussions, support your learning and answer your questions.

In addition to the full course, refresher training needs to be completed every two years to maintain facilitator status. Refresher training consists of a 1-2 hour online course providing an update on any new evidence or resources relevant to INFANT.

What topics will you cover?

  • Latest evidence on healthy eating and active play in the early years
  • Learn about the content and delivery of the four group sessions and the accompanying ‘My Baby Now’ app
  • Apply program principles and resources to your own community context
  • Develop a plan for implementing INFANT in your community

Who will you learn with?

The lead educators are from the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University, all with expertise in in early intervention, early life behaviours and prevention of childhood obesity.

What do trained facilitators have access to?

After the course you will have ongoing access, via a log-in to the course portal and website, to a range of resources to support implementation of INFANT in your community including:

  • INFANT facilitator manual
  • Session handouts and videos
  • Parent access to My Baby Now app
  • INFANT implementation guide
  • Promotional flyers and communication kit
  • Case studies of INFANT implementation in a range of communities
  • Local evaluation guide
  • Support from a Community of Practice

 How much does the course cost?

At this stage the course and refresher training program is being offered to the Victorian workforce within Government and/or not for profit organisations without a cost through the support of the Victorian Government; with a portion of the Department of Health funding being allocated to make the INFANT training available to all Victorian Maternal and Child Health Nurses.

If you are working as a private practitioner (not working in partnership with health or community services or the NGO sector) or are from another jurisdiction outside of Victoria, there are costs involved per participant. This cost for the full course is $798 (ex GST) per person payable on registration.

If you are a private practitioner who is working in partnership with health or community services or the NGO sector within Victoria to deliver INFANT, there is no cost.

There will also be a cost for the refresher training (TBC).

A reminder also that the INFANT program is to be delivered to parents and carers at no charge.

 

Upcoming training

Register now for the final INFANT course date this year:

17 October – 11 November 2022

Or the first course date in 2023:

13 February – 10 March 2023

If you are interested in implementing INFANT, but want to know more before registering for the course, please get in touch with the team via email infant-study@deakin.edu.au.

Already a trained facilitator?

You may access facilitator resources here and can access information about refresher training here.