The Victorian Newborn Resuscitation Project: Setting a standard for newborn resuscitation

RA Boland , P Francis, M Griffin, A Lovett, J Mills, J Shaw, MJ Stewart

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Background: The lack of a standardised newborn resuscitation programme in Victoria was identifi ed as a signifi cant issue by a range of perinatal service providers, including the Department of Health (DH), and the Consultative Council on Obstetric and Paediatric Morbidity and Mortality. The DH provided funding to commence development of the Victorian Newborn Resuscitation Project (VNRP).

Method: A multidisciplinary group was established to oversee the project. The key principles underpinning the newborn resuscitation project and teaching programme included:
1 It should be based on the Australian Resuscitation Council guideline for the newly-born infant.
2 It should encompass cognitive and behavioural components as well as procedural skill training.
3 The programme should be multidisciplinary and its delivery consistent with principles of adult learning. Stakeholders agreed the programme should have First Response and Advanced Resuscitation components, reflecting the common scenario in Victoria where the need for resuscitation can arise unexpectedly without practitioners with advanced skills immediately available.

Results: The integrated learning package, NeoResus comprises 4 modules: Key Concepts and Guidelines, First Response, Advanced Resuscitation and Post Resuscitation Care. The learning modules are delivered by web based learning and in practical sessions, which involve interactive skills and scenario-based activities. A pilot of the First Response and main cognitive module has been successfully completed. The NeoResus web site (www. is the portal to the online learning resources, competencies, pre-reading and research publications for the programme.

Conclusions: The first stage of a multidisciplinary programme was developed and successfully piloted. The Advanced Resuscitation module will be completed in 2011. Development of infrastructure to support a statewide rollout will progress subject to a further successful funding bid.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages2
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes
EventAnnual Congress of the Perinatal-Society-of-Australia-and-New-Zealand 2011 - Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Australia
Duration: 10 Apr 201113 Apr 2011
Conference number: 15th


ConferenceAnnual Congress of the Perinatal-Society-of-Australia-and-New-Zealand 2011
Abbreviated titlePSANZ 2011

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