NIDCAP Australasia

NIDCAP training is not done by individuals alone—its real focus is on changing the systems in which we work.

The Australasian NIDCAP Training Centre in the Grace Centre for Newborn Intensive Care (GCNC) began its journey in 1998, and since then numerous staff members have trained to become NIDCAP Certified Professionals.

As a NIDCAP training centre we offer local and national training for healthcare professionals using the Newborn Individualised Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) framework, and lead the way in Australia in the promotion of neurodevelopmentally supportive practices.

Our ultimate goal is that the training centre will improve the experiences of neonates and their families through the provision of structured neurodevelopmental care education and support.


NIDCAP was developed in 1984 by Heidelise Als, PhD (Harvard, Boston USA), and is the only comprehensive, family centred, evidence-based approach to newborn developmental care.

NIDCAP focuses on adapting the newborn intensive care unit (NICU) to the unique neurodevelopmental strengths and goals of each newborn cared for in this setting. These adaptations encompass the physical environment and its components, as well as the care and treatment provided for the infant and their family.

There is increasing evidence that early life stress is harmful to the developing central nervous system and brain. As an infant’s brain is growing faster than at any other time in life, their brain can be impacted by stress and environmental exposure in the NICU with immediate and longer term consequences. By understanding that every caregiving experience matters, NIDCAP training can help professionals to create a hospital experience that is less stressful and more supportive for the infant and family.

NIDCAP Federation International (NFI)

The NFI promotes the advancement of the philosophy and science of NIDCAP care and assures the quality of NIDCAP education, training and certification for professionals and hospital systems.

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