Health and Wellbeing Training

​Information to help early childhood professionals develop their practice in child health, development and wellbeing. Includes anaphylaxis and allergy training, mandatory reporting and MCH nurse resources.

Maternal and Child Health nurses professional development

Continuing professional development

MCH nurses are required to undertake Continuing Professional Development (CPD) annually. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) sets the standards for CPD, and has produced guidelines and a fact sheet on CPD (in effect from 1 June 2016).

Key Ages and Stages Training

The revised Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Key Ages and Stages (KAS) Framework was rolled out statewide in 2009-2010. Training is available for those MCH nurses that have not completed the training previously. The following training sessions are available:

MCH Framework
  • information regarding the MCH Service, Framework, and resources
  • provided at LaTrobe and RMIT universities for students; LGA induction.
Parent's Evaluation of Developmental Status - Primary Developmental screening tool
Infant Sleep Training - Intervention at the 8 months Key Ages and Stages consultation
Family Violence - Common Risk Assessment Framework
SIDS/SUDI (sudden infant death of an infant) risk assessment
  • provided at LaTrobe and RMIT universities for students.
  • to access the Safe Infant Sleeping eLearning education package, see: e-learning education package
QUIT smoking intervention
Key Ages and Stages training enquiries

Brigance III Secondary Developmental Screening Tool

The Brigance Early Childhood Screen III (0-35 months) is a collection of quick, highly accurate assessments and data-gathering tools to use with children up to three years of age.

Brigance highlights the importance of screening as the first step in assessing emerging school readiness, providing a snapshot of a child's mastery of early developmental and academic skills. Screening also enables educators to readily identify children who may be developmentally delayed and children who may be developmentally advanced and, therefore, can support early intervention, as required.

Brigance III is used in conjunction with the PEDS primary developmental screening tool, and professional judgment.

Brigance III Train the Trainer Resources

Child Growth eLearning

The Royal Children's Hospital offers child growth e-learning resources for health professionals in Australia working with young children and families.

These resources introduce use of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Growth Standards for monitoring the growth of children from birth to two years of age.

Access the Child Growth eLearning modules

To access the Child Growth eLearning resource, see: The Royal Children's Hospital website

About the modules

Who is the course for

For health professionals in Australia working with young children and families.

Learning objectives

The learning objectives for this resource are:

  • to review the best practice techniques for weighing, measuring and monitoring the growth of infants and young children
  • to understand the similarities and difference between growth charts used in Australia
  • to understand the principles of growth monitoring, plotting and markers of growth requiring further assessment.
THE WHO 2006 Growth Standards

In 2012, all Australian States and Territories agreed to adopt the WHO 2006 Growth Standards for Australian children aged 0 to 2 years. The WHO growth standards for this age group are already in use in the Northern Territory and Victoria. They are being phased in by other states and territories for use at the primary health care level.

BMI education resource

The BMI education resource aims to assist early childhood professionals and Maternal and Child Health nurses in tackling the risk of obesity in young children.

This resource is particularly pertinent in light of the increasing epidemic of childhood obesity and the addition of the BMI-for-age growth charts in the My Health, Learning and Development Record (Child Health record).

​​​​​Respectful relationships training

Respectful Relationships is an initiative to support schools and early childhood education settings promote and model respect and equality. It supports educators to teach our children how to build healthy relationships, resilience and confidence.​

We are offering early childhood professionals the opportunity to do training in this area.

About the training

The training will be focus on how to build and develop respectful relationships in alignment with the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework and the National Quality Standards.

Register your interest

Early childhood educators are invited to register interest in enrolling in Respectful Relationships professional development training.

Email your expression of interest to:

Respectful relationships in early childhood

Respectful Relationships in early childhood is about supporting educators to create cultures of respect, positive conflict resolution and equality in their program planning.

To learn more about the initiative, see: Respectful Relationships

Mandatory reporting online training

The Protecting Children – Mandatory Reporting and Other Obligations for the Early Childhood Sector eLearning Module supports all professionals in early childhood setting​​s to increase their capacity to respond effectively to children whose safety, health or wellbeing may be at risk.

All early childhood professionals are strongly encouraged to undertake this module. ​The module is available at no cost to participants and provides a certificate on successful completion.  

Access the online training

To complete the module, see: Mandatory Reporting eLearning Module

Please note, a username and password are no longer required.

The protecting children train the trainer program

In 2016, a series of protecting children train the trainer program sessions were held to upskill a number of professionals to understand and fulfil their responsibilities to protect children.

The key learning outcomes included building the capacity of early childhood staff to:

  • identify child abuse in all its forms and its traumatic impact on children
  • identify the types of concerns for the safety, health and wellbeing of a child that should be reported
  • know how and to whom to report those concerns
  • build trusting relationships with families where there may be concerns for children's health, safety and wellbeing
  • support vulnerable children who may be at risk of or impacted by abuse and trauma, with reference to the Victorian Early Years Learning and Development Framework.

These trained professionals are now in a position to train other professionals, either at their own service or at others.

For those who attended a train the trainer workshop

If you have attended the facilitator training you are asked to go on and deliver Protecting Children information sessions to other early childhood professionals using the comprehensive materials provided in the train the trainer workshop.

To access a summary of information to support your understanding of how the train the trainer program is being delivered and evaluated, see:

To access frequently asked questions about the train the trainer program, see:

If you are an information session facilitator or participant with a question that has not been answered in the frequently asked questions above, please send an email with 'Protecting Children' in the subject line to:

For those wanting to access information sessions

Facilitators trained at Protecting Children train the trainer workshop have been asked to deliver the training content to other early childhood professionals within their organisation, network or across services in the coming months.

Sessions are designed to be delivered face to face for groups of up to 30 participants in a workshop format that combines information presentation with small and large group discussions, activities and case scenarios.

Facilitators may deliver the material in one session which takes 3.5 hours or split the material into multiple sessions. Facilitators are asked to promote their session to early childhood professionals in their network or area.

To assist you in locating information sessions being held in your area, the organisation details of those who attended the train the trainer workshop, see:

More information

For further resources on Protecting Children and the new Child Safe Standards, please see: Protect

Anaphylaxis and allergies training

Information on training packages and courses in using Epipens and Ananpens from external providers.

Australasian Society of Clinical Immunology and Allergy (ASCIA)

ASCIA anaphylaxis e-training provides ready access to anaphylaxis management education throughout Australia and New Zealand, at no charge.

The child care versions of the courses, incorporating training in the use of the adrenaline auto injection devices Epipen® and Anapen®, have been approved by ACECQA for the purposes of meeting the requirements of the National Regulations.

For more information, see:ASCIA eTraining


EpiClub provides a wide range of resources and information for managing the use and storage of the adrenaline auto injection device Epipen®.

for more information, see: EpiClub

Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia

A non-profit organisation that raises awareness in the Australian community about allergy. A range of items including children’s books and training resources are available from the online store on their website. See: Allergy and Anaphylaxis Australia

Royal Children's Hospital Anaphylaxis Advisory Line

Provides advice and support on implementing anaphylaxis legislation to education and care services and Victorian children's services. The Anaphylaxis Advisory Line is available between the hours of 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Phone 1300 725 911 (toll free) or (03) 9345 4235.

For more information, see: Royal Children's Hospital Anaphylaxis Advisory Line

Royal Children's Hospital, Department of Allergy and Immunology

Provides information about allergies and the services provided by the hospital.

For more information, see: Royal Children's Hospital, Department of Allergy and Immunology

Asthma training

Asthma Australia provides an ‘asthma friendly children’s service’ program to support services to understand and manage asthma.

The foundation also provides information and resources to assist the Victorian community to reduce the impact of asthma.

For more information, see: Asthma Australia: Education and Training