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IMPROVE eLearning and Workshops

The death of a baby is a devastating event for both the families and the professionals looking after them. In partnership with the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand (PSANZ), the Stillbirth CRE has developed IMPROVE - IMproving Perinatal Mortality Review and Outcomes Via Education.

 In order to try to answer the questions raised by such deaths, a structured approach is required. IMPROVE face-to-face workshops and eLearning modules are designed to address the educational needs of health professionals involved in maternity and newborn care in managing perinatal death based on the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand’s Perinatal Mortality Guideline.

This includes supporting healthcare professionals respond to women and families who have experienced stillbirth, conduct perinatal autopsy and mortality reviews, and communicate with bereaved parents.

Objectives

The overarching aim of the workshop is to facilitate implementation of the Australia and New Zealand Clinical Practice Guideline for Care Around Stillbirth and Neonatal Death, developed by PSANZ and the Stillbirth CRE.

At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic epidemiology of perinatal mortality and stillbirth
  2. Understand the scope and purpose of the PSANZ and the Stillbirth CRE Guidelines
  3. Know the definitions of perinatal mortality applied in your state
  4. Understand the rationale for the IMPROVE Program

Who should attend?

Obstetricians, midwives, neonatal nurses, neonatologists, social workers, psychologists, counsellors, and anyone involved in maternity care. If you are interested from a policy or public health perspective, you are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

IMPROVE eLearning

IMPROVE eLearning is an online training package of six courses designed to support healthcare professionals respond to women and families who have experienced stillbirth, conduct perinatal autopsy and mortality reviews, and communicate with bereaved parents.

IMPROVE includes chapters on respectful and supportive perinatal bereavement care, autopsy and placental examination, communicating with parents about perinatal autopsy, investigations of stillbirths, and perinatal mortality audit and classifications, as well as case studies and questions to reinforce learning.

Each course takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and provides essential training, clinical recommendations and guidelines, and care pathways for obstetricians, midwives, nurses, general practitioners and antenatal staff.

Start the IMPROVE eLearning training

Watch the webinar launch video for a training overview.

IMPROVE: IMproving Perinatal Mortality Review and Outcomes Via Education 

COVID-19 Update: To reduce risk to our community, all upcoming IMPROVE workshops will be rescheduled. Workshops will be rescheduled for after the COVID-19 pandemic, when there is no longer an unnecessary risk for participants involved. 

About the IMPROVE workshops

The death of a baby is a devastating event for both the families and the professionals looking after them. In order to try to answer the questions raised by such deaths, a structured approach is required. IMPROVE workshops are designed to address the educational needs of health professionals involved in maternity and newborn care in managing perinatal death based on the Perinatal Society of Australia and New Zealand’s Perinatal Mortality Guideline.

Objectives

The overarching aim of the workshop is to facilitate implementation of the Australia and New Zealand Clinical Practice Guideline for Care Around Stillbirth and Neonatal Death, developed by PSANZ and the Stillbirth CRE.

At the completion of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the basic epidemiology of perinatal mortality and stillbirth
  2. Understand the scope and purpose of the PSANZ and the Stillbirth CRE Guidelines
  3. Know the definitions of perinatal mortality applied in your state
  4. Understand the rationale for the IMPROVE Program

Who should attend?

Obstetricians, midwives, neonatal nurses, neonatologists, social workers, psychologists, counselors, and anyone involved in maternity care. If you are interested from a policy or public health perspective, you are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

Workshop format and materials

The workshop utilises the SCORPIO educational model designed for skills training. This involves small groups of learners rotating around six interactive learning stations that are each facilitated by an experienced educator. Learning stations are:

Station One:

Communicating with parents about perinatal autopsy

Station Two: 

Autopsy and placental examination

Station Three: 

Investigation of fetal deaths

Station Four: 

Examination of babies who die in the perinatal period

Station Five: 

Institutional perinatal mortality audit and classification

Station Six: 

Psychological and social aspects of perinatal bereavement

Upcoming workshops

Visit the IMPROVE satellite website for more information about upcoming workshops and how to register.

Want more information?

If you are interested in hosting an IMPROVE workshop at your site or wish to become an educator, please contact us.

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