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187036 - Breastfeeding: Sustaining a Health Future

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Start Date
Face to face
6 hours

This seminar series brings together world renowned experts in infant feeding to present crucial research and identify ways to create positive breastfeeding relationships that will contribute to health, environmental and economic outcomes in Australia, now and into the future.

Relevance to General Practice

The National Breastfeeding Strategy: 2019 and beyond identified that consistent information from health professionals and community sources are key factors in improving breastfeeding rates. Health professionals’ education and training is listed as priority area, calling on health professional associations to support the development of breastfeeding content in graduate education and training for health professionals. Mothers and their infants attend their GP frequently in the first six months of life. Surveys undertaken by breastfeeding advocates suggest that health professionals who work with families currently receive minimal training in lactation and or breastfeeding management. This is supported by current research which identifies that significant gaps exist in health professional skills and knowledge about breastfeeding support and management. GPs have a crucial role to play in supporting families facing breastfeeding challenges with a biopsychosocial framework.

Learning outcomes
  • Implement ways to support women who have been affected by negative responses to breastfeeding.
  • Create strategies to mitigate the impact of birth trauma on early parenting practices.
  • Describe the psycho-emotional tasks of breastfeeding and implement core counselling skills to help women develop the tools they need to meet their breastfeeding goals and build maternal confidence.
  • Determine the clinical significance and safety of medicines commonly used in lactation.
  • Identify safety and practical considerations for illicit recreational drug use in breastfeeding.
  • Domains of General Practice

    D1. Communication skills and the patient-doctor relationship

    D2. Applied professional knowledge and skills

    D3. Population health and the context of general practice

    D4. Professional and ethical role

    D5. Organisational and legal dimensions

    Curriculum Contextual Units
    • Children and young people health
    • Pregnancy care
    • Women's health
    Activity sponsor

    ARDO, AMEDA NSW Government – Department of Health QLD Government – Department of Health VIC Government - Department of Health Australian Government - Department of Health ENT Technologies, Limbs & Things, Marzena, IBLCE LCANZ, Designer Bums

    This activity is also available on these dates


    Online - TBA


    Parmelia Hilton Perth


    Sofitel Brisbane Central


    Sofitel Sydney Wentworth

    187036 - Breastfeeding: Sustaining a Health Future
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    6 hours
    Start Date
    CPD Points
    12 cpd
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