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Outreach Education Program

  • General information

    Outreach education sessions relating to neonatal issues are available for nursing and medical staff from Level 2 to Level 5 hospitals throughout Victoria. Depending on the needs of the staff, a single outreach education session can be provided or half and full day study days/seminars can be facilitated. We also provide education sessions to University students undertaking Midwifery, Neonatal Nursing and Ambulance Paramedic courses at the request of course coordinators.

    Presentations, scenario based, low fidelity simulation, case discussion, group work and clinical skills workshops are the teaching/learning formats utilized.

    Topics available

    We emphasize the importance of meeting your needs; therefore topics can be adapted or developed to ensure an identified need is addressed.

    Assisted ventilation

    • Principles of assisted ventilation
    • Nursing care of the infant requiring assisted ventilation prior to transfer
    • Nasal CPAP
    • Blood gas analysis
    • Nursing care of an infant with an umbilical venous catheter insitu
    • Pulse oximetry

    Blood Disorders

    • Anaemia
    • Polycythemia
    • Coagulopathies


    • Management of the infant with suspected congenital heart disease
    • Stabilization of the infant with congenital heart disease

    Examination of the newborn

    • Examination of the normal newborn
    • Normal neonatal values
    • Congenital abnormalities
    • Recognizing the sick baby on the post natal ward: Life threatening emergency versus non-life threatening illness

    AV/Emergency Services (Paramedics and CERT Officers Only)

    • Resuscitation of the infant born at home or before arrival at hospital
    • AV responding to the infant who has collapsed in the home
    • Role of the Paramedic on a neonatal retrieval
    • Advanced Resuscitation (MICA Paramedics)


    • Hypoglycemia
    • The infant of the diabetic mother
    • Neonatal jaundice
    • Care of the infant receiving phototherapy
    • Common metabolic derangements
    • Infant screening for inborn errors of metabolism
    • Thermoregulation

    PIPER Neonatal

    • Organizing a PIPER Neonatal Transfer: Paperwork, Parents, Pathology; Guidelines for referring hospitals
    • Overview of PIPER and history of the Newborn Emergency Transfer Service
    • The challenges of neonatal transport


    • Neonatal seizures
    • Management of apnoea in the neonate
    • Management of the neonate with perinatal asphyxia
    • Hypoxic Ischaemic Encephalopathy (HIE)


    • Infant Feeding
    • Oro/Nasogastric tube feeding


    • Resuscitation of the newborn (Based on the ANZCOR 2016 guidelines)
    • The transition to extra-uterine life: Recognizing problems with normal transition
    • Clinical skills workshops including advanced resuscitation


    • Oxygen therapy
    • Respiratory Distress
    • Respiratory Distress Syndrome
    • Meconium Aspiration Syndrome
    • Neonatal pneumothorax
    • Neonatal pneumonia
    • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (CLD)
    • Bronchiolitis


    • Neonatal sepsis
    • GBS sepsis
    • Meningococcal sepsis
    • HSV infection


    • Principles of stabilization prior to transport
    • Stabilization of the infant with serious congenital malformations


    Costs for the programs include education staff, equipment, learning material, travel, administration and GST at 10%

    A quote for your program will be provided by a member of the PIPER Neonatal Education team.

    Please Note:
    Travel and accommodation costs are as follows:
    Travelling expenses (at public service rates as per the ATO).
    Accommodation: If overnight accommodation is required, the host organization is required to book and pay for accommodation and breakfast for the PIPER Neonatal Education team.

    Booking information

    Bookings or enquiries for outreach education sessions and study days can be made via email at or telephone the toll free number 1300 662 434.