Australasia's first NIDCAP training centre opens in Westmead.

It was a day more than 20 years in the making but yesterday The Children's Hospital at Westmead opened the first Newborn Individualised Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) training centre in Australasia.

NIDCAP began in the 1980s in the United States and has since expanded to 23 countries including - from yesterday - Australia. The program is the only comprehensive, family centred, evidence-based approach to newborn developmental care and focuses on adapting the newborn intensive care nursery to the unique strengths and goals of each individual patient.

Grace Ward's Department Head, Angela Casey, said the training centre would have a huge impact on patients and their families. "I think it is a testament that the passion and dedication for creating a NIDCAP training centre was there 20 years ago," she said. "It takes a lot of hard work to establish a training centre but we did it. We now have hope, we have opportunity and we have so many exciting times ahead.”

Learn more about NIDCAP.