The goal of the Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) is to improve the nutrition of infants and young children through the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding.
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global initiative launched by United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and World Health Organization (WHO) in 1991. It was introduced into Australia in 1992 and is now administered by the Australian College of Midwives (ACM).
In 2006, the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative became the Baby Friendly Health Initiative in order to more accurately reflect the expansion of the initiative into the community health settings.
Group 3 Personnel – Step 2 of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding focuses on the education of all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement the breastfeeding policy. You have been identified as group 3 personnel: a staff member who has contact with pregnant women and mothers but does not assist mothers with breastfeeding, you are not required to provide infant feeding advice as part of your role. However you have an important role in providing information that is consistent with the aims of BFHI.
This course is for staff who have contact with pregnant women and mothers but do not assist mothers with breastfeeding and do not provide infant feeding advice as part of their role (e.g. admin, volunteer and domestic staff).
On completion of this BFHI eLearning program for Group 3 personnel you will be able to:
This program will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
On successful completion of the assessments you can download a certificate of completion.
This course adheres to South Australian (SA Health) guidelines and Australian National Standards.
The principles described in the course can however be applied to any health care setting.
If you practice outside South Australia it is your responsibility to refer to the specific requirements of your local health authority.
This course aligns with the National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards, Second Edition – Standards 1, 2 and 5.
Australian Breastfeeding Association – 1800 mum 2 mum (1800 686 2 686)
Child and Family Health Services (CaFHS) – 1300 733 606 or www.cafhs.sa.gov.au
Parent Helpline – 1300 364 100
Find a Lactation Consultant – www.lcanz.org