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Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant (SUDI)

Across New Zealand health professional groups, there is a good level of understanding of the major SUDI risks (e.g. smoking / safe sleeping) but knowledge and understanding of all of current known risks is not consistent due to changing evidence and policy. Raising health professional knowledge levels of SUDI is vital towards supporting whānau/families better understanding that SUDI can be prevented.

SUDI training on Ko Awatea LEARN is from Hāpai te Hauora.

The training covers the following topics:

  • An introduction to SUDI prevention
  • Connecting and engagement with whānau
  • Consistent health messaging
  • PEPE messaging

Click here to find out more about SUDI training on Ko Awatea LEARN.()


New Zealand is a signatory to the World Health Organization International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes (WHO Code). The WHO Code aims for safe and adequate nutrition for infants by protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding, and ensuring proper use of breastmilk substitutes (infant formula), when they are necessary.

The Ministry of Health is responsible for implementing and monitoring New Zealand’s interpretation of the WHO Code. It does so under two self-regulatory codes of practice:

  • Code of Practice for Health Workers (Health Workers’ Code) (Ministry of Health, 2007)
  • Infant Nutrition Council (INC) Code of Practice for the Marketing of Infant Formula in New Zealand (INC Code of Practice) (2007)

Find out more here().


Antenatal screening for Down Syndrome & other conditions

The National Screening Unit (NSU) offers online education for health practitioners who provide services within the antenatal and newborn screening programmes. LearnOnline() is a vocational training resource hub for New Zealand’s community of health practitioners. There is a growing number of courses available, provided by different organisations, for health workers either studying or working in different fields of practice.

The NSU offers five eLearning Modules through LearnOnline().

  • Screening Principles and Practice
  • Quality Improvements in Antenatal Screening for Down syndrome and other conditions (QIASD)
  • Antenatal HIV Screening Programme (AHIV)
  • Universal Newborn Hearing Screening and Early Intervention Programme (UNHSEIP)
  • Newborn Metabolic Screening Programme (NMSP).

The NSU antenatal and newborn screening modules have been approved by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand for five professional development points per module.

  • Points are awarded after completion of the final assessment in each module with a pass rate of 80 percent 

The first module Screening Principles and Practice must be completed and points allocated before points can be allocated to any of the other four modules.