19 Mar 2018
20 Mar 2018
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Event location
Royal Women's Hospital
20 Flemington Rd
Parkville VIC 3052
Available to
General Practice
Practice Nurses
General Practitioners
Professional development points
The Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) training program provides participants with the theoretical foundations and clinical principles necessary to enable them to use the NBO system in their clinical practice. 
The Newborn Behavioural Observations (NBO) system is a relationship building tool that fosters a positive parent-infant interactive relationship. A supportive, nurturing relationship that is sensitive and responsive to the infant’s needs is a sign of parents' successful adaptation to parenting and optimises their infant's neurological and psychological development. Use of the NBO in clinical practice will provide parents with important information about their baby’s remarkable capacities and individuality. It will help parents develop a positive relationship with their newborn child. 

The NBO consists of a set of 18 neurobehavioral observations, which describe the newborn's capacities and behavioral adaptation from birth to the third month of life. It is designed to be easy to use and is a helpful tool for obstetric, midwifery, mental health, paediatric and general practice professionals who work with parents during the perinatal period. In the NBO session, the clinician and parent observe and interpret together the infant's behavioral communication and identify the kind of support the infant needs from their parent for their successful growth and development. The NBO provides parents with individualized information about their infant's behavior, so that they can appreciate their baby's unique competencies and vulnerabilities and thereby respond to their baby, in a way that best meets her or his developmental needs.

The NBO can be flexibly administered with a view to promoting a positive bond between parent and child and between clinician and family. It is inherently interactive and family-centred, because parents are involved as partners in the NBO session throughout.

Training to become a certified NBO provider constitutes three steps:

  1. An initial three hour afternoon or twilight training workshop
  2. Followed by a full-day training workshop session
  3. Followed by the clinician conducting and writing up five NBO sessions by themselves (including one videoed intervention) and providing these to the trainers. 
Venue: Conferance Room, Royal Women's Hospital, 20 Flemington Rd, Parkville, Victoria
Twilight workshop: Monday 19th March 2018, 15:30- 19:00 
Full day workshop: Tuesday 20th March 2018, 09:00- 17:00 
(Attendance at both days is required) 
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Refunds and Cancellation 
If you book a training but do not attend no refund will be given. A refund will only be available if cancellation is made at least one week prior to the first booked session.
If for any reason the scheduled training is postponed or cancelled registrants will be contacted and a refund of registration fees will be arranged.