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October 2016

40% of new parents we work with are battling loneliness and isolation

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Each year, our educators work with an estimated 35,000 families in Australia to provide the First Touch Program and support parent-infant interactions. Since July 2016 we’ve started collecting data and feedback from some of those families about the impact the program has had on them. Over the past three months, this data has revealed a worrying trend, with 40% of parents completing the survey tool so far stating that they are battling feelings of significant isolation and loneliness.  Without support or opportunities to find and build connections, isolation can wreak havoc with a new parent’s mental health.

Perhaps also worrying is that 60% of parents completing the First Touch Program with our educators say that the program was “far more useful” than other supports that they have received as a new parent. While that is positive feedback for our educators and our program as a whole, it does continue to highlight the gaps in the government and social care systems that are available to all families.

The data collection is in early days yest, so these trends may yet change as more data is gathered.

The secret to a happy working life

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Here at Baby in Mind, we work with hundreds of people every year who are contemplating a career change. Midwives, nurses, doctors, occupational therapists, social workers, physiotherapists, remedial therapists, community workers, and even engineers and architects. Despite their diverse backgrounds, most of them share in common a sense of wanting to do something more, or something completely different.

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CPD Essentials

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Getting Started with CPD
Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is a standard requirement for most professionals working in a health-related role.

Professional members of Baby in Mind are required to undertake a minimum of 20 hours of activity each year to support the maintenance of their skills and knowledge, and toward their development as an educator and facilitator. As well as completing relevant CPD activities, members must also keep records of evidence that they have completed their CPD requirements.

The following resources will help get you started with understanding your CPD requirements, including information about the evidence you need to keep. They provide an overview of the Baby in Mind CPD program, details about the types of activities that count toward CPD, the topics you can count toward CPD, as well as rules about the evidence you need to keep.

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