Courses | Training

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

We often get requests to complete the training at Grace Centre and while we'd love to have you on board, its important that NIDCAP training is completed with your department heads and all members of the multi-disciplinary team.

To get the most out of NIDCAP, trainees require time away from the clinical setting in order to complete the training components. There's also a cost involved and your department will need access to other resources so you can participate fully.

NIDCAP training consists of the following components:

  • Comprehensive training for staff in infant behavioural observation
  • Theoretical model and applications of the NIDCAP approach
  • Direct observation in the NICU
  • Site consultation and guidance with key leadership of the unit
  • Quality Improvement and change management

Email us if your team is interested in undertaking NIDCAP Training.

Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education program

Staff can choose to undertake a single component of training (FINE 1) or complete more in-depth training on the path to specialisation.

Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education program (FINE) Level 1

Level 1 is an educational pathway in family centred developmental care that is suitable for all disciplines in any neonatal centre. The program focuses on raising awareness of the theory and evidence that supports developmentally supportive care.

The program runs for 1.5 days (Day one: 8am-4pm, Day two: 8am-1pm) venue TBC.

The program is offered three times a year and is open to any health care professional working in the neonatal setting.

FINE Level 1: External program facilitation

The Level 1 program can be facilitated off-site for local health services wishing to run the program in their local setting. A minimum of 25 participants are required to run the program and there are additional costs to offer this model of training. Contact us via the enquiry button if you are interested in receiving additional information regarding this training option.

Topics covered include:

  • Models of developmental care
  • Brain development
  • Observing babies
  • Family participation
  • Stress and pain
  • Sleep Sensory environment
  • Kangaroo Care
  • Motor development and positioning
  • Early feeding experience

Interested?

Our courses are all full for 2019. We'll post the dates for 2020 soon.

  • Cost: $385 pp and including resources, meals, a certificate documenting 14 CPD hours.

Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education Program (FINE) Level 2

The Level 2 program builds upon the skills acquired in the foundational course and completion of Level 1 is a pre-requisite. This component of the program is largely self-directed focusing on the development of practical skills to improve clinical practice to improve confidence in partnering with health professionals and parents.

The program is recommended for health professionals directly involved with the care of neonates. The program is facilitated over a 12 week period and consists of two 8 hour workshops at the commencement and completion of the program. Participants are required to complete self-directed learning each week of between 2-3 hours.

FINE Level 2 External program facilitation

The FINE Level 2 program can be facilitated off-site for local health services wishing to run the program in their local setting. A minimum of 8 participants are required to run the program and there are additional costs to offer this model of training. Contact us via the enquiry button if you are interested in receiving additional information regarding this training option.

  • When: Applications are closed for the 2019 FINE Level 2 Programs. Information for 2020 programs will be released in November.
  • Where: Education Centre, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Cnr Hawkesbury Road and Hainsworth Street, Westmead NSW, 2145
  • Cost: $1,000 pp includes GST, resources, meals, one-on-one mentoring, and certificate documenting 60 CPD hours.

Recognition of prior learning in post-graduate education

The FINE program (Level I and 2) has been submitted to postgraduate education providers for recognition of prior learning in postgraduate study. Additional information will be updated when it becomes available.

Australian Rural Scholarship program

To support learning in the non-metropolitan setting for health care professionals employed in the neonatal clinical area we are pleased to offer a Rural Scholarship Program.

Two rural scholarship positions will be offered for each FINE Level 1 program. The rural scholarship consists of covering the cost for the program registration.

Applicants must meet the following conditions:

  • Must be an Australian resident
  • Demonstrated employment as a health care professional in a neonatal or special care unit
  • Live >100km from an identified metropolitan centre in their state (i.e. Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Brisbane, Darwin. All Tasmanians, regardless of location, are encouraged to apply under the terms of the scholarship).

Submit a Rural scholarship form with your FINE Level 1 program registration. But please note, an application does not necessarily guarantee a position.