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Training for community workers

The 10961NAT Course in Community Breastfeeding Mentoring is a nationally recognised short course offered by ABA.

The course is designed to teach mentoring skills and basic breastfeeding information to people who support breastfeeding in the community.  

It is particularly suitable for use with culturally and linguistically diverse and Indigenous community groups or those working with these groups.  


Course participants

We have successfully delivered training to:

  • community members 

  • Aboriginal health workers 

  • community health service staff 

  • child protection staff 

  • health and social welfare service employees 

Course content

The course includes mentoring skills such as: 

  • active listening 

  • empathy 

  • cultural respect 

  • confidentiality 

  • encouragement and support 

  • identifying mothers' further support needs and referrals

Breastfeeding knowledge such as: 

  • how breastfeeding works 

  • usual behaviours of babies

  • addressing breastfeeding concerns and inaccurate breastfeeding information 

Course delivery

The course is delivered as a two-day workshop with integrated learning and assessment activities. All participants will receive a certificate of attendance. Participants who also successfully complete the integrated workshop assessments will receive a nationally recognised statement of attainment for the course. 

  • Interactive, face-to-face workshop with small group learning activities.   

  • Maximum of 15 participants.  

  • Workshops with more than 8 registered participants are facilitated by 2 trainers to ensure all participants are fully supported in their learning and assessment activities. 

CERPs and ACM points can be allocated (on prior request). 


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At the end of each workshop participants are invited to complete a feedback form. The following are some of their responses:

“The resources and the course are invaluable to helping/supporting women in their breastfeeding journey.”


“Thank you! Lots of wonderful information and very engaging.”


“This is a great workshop – valuable to all our communities!”


“It exceeded my expectations.”


“I am so glad I came to this course… I have learnt so much and I look forward to putting my skills into action.”


Interested in learning more about this course?