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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 

  • where to refer mothers for further support 

Breastfeeding knowledge such as: 

  • how breastfeeding works 

  • normal infant behaviours 

  • common breastfeeding problems 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 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). 



Between $5000 and $5500 (maximum 15 participants) plus additional costs.  

What's included?

Workshop/participant costs include: 

  • Workshop promotional material 

  • 12 month membership of the Australian Breastfeeding Association 

  • Course enrolment and certificates of attendance 

  • Course materials and resources. This includes a Learner Handbook, Community Breastfeeding Mentor flip book and other resources 

  • Assessment resources and certification where applicable. 

  • Arrangement of CERPs or ACM points on prior request 

What's not included?

Workshop costs listed above do not include: 

  • Travel and accommodation of trainer/s - these are charged separately. Please note: Wherever possible ABA will endeavour to use local training personnel to reduce or eliminate travel and accommodation costs. 

  • Venue costs. Please note: Specific requirements and standards for training venues apply. Contact ABA for further information about venue requirements. 

  • Catering 

  • Promotion of the workshop by ABA 

Interested in learning more about this course?