Implementing Healthy Beginnings Meets HHS Criteria

Implementation last updated: 2015

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Training to support implementation

Requirements for program certification

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Pre-service staff training

Before conducting home visits, the nurses received training on the following topics:

  • Developing respectful family partnerships
  • Early brain development; attachment theory; infant states, cues, and state modulation
  • Measuring child’s weight and length
  • Nutrition, including infant feeding, introduction of solids, water as main other drink, cup feeding, serving sizes, fruit and vegetables, family food, reading labels, and healthy snacks
  • Australian Breastfeeding Association guidelines
  • Grief and loss in the perinatal period
  • Play training
  • Child protection
  • Food security
  • Pre- and postnatal exercises
  • Physical activity training, including stages of change model and motivational training
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In-service staff training

The home visitors received two hours of in-service training each month.

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Training materials

Training materials were included in the Healthy Beginnings User’s Guide.

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Qualified trainers

A team comprising a health promotion specialist, an early childhood nurse, and a pediatrician trained the home visitors.

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Technical assistance

Ongoing technical assistance was not available.

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Implementation notes

The information contained on this page was last updated in June 2015. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, Dr. Li Ming Wen at the Sydney Local Health District Health Promotion Service reviewed the information contained in this profile for accuracy on May 20, 2015. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.

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