Professional Development

Karitane offers professional development and training for health care professionals including nurses, psychologists, childcare workers, nannies and more. Our leadership in education includes the delivery of parent-child interaction therapy training (PCIT), family partnership training, toddler workshops and specialised, tailored workshops, on sleep and settling, brain development and toddlers.

Connecting the Dots - Early Childhood Nutrition Webinars

Connecting the Dots, a national nutrition service brought to you by Karitane and the Healthy Beginnings research team will be delivering early childhood nutrition webinars accredited through RACGP.

Webinars for Health Professionals (general practitioners, nurses, and allied health staff)

Breastfeeding and Bottle Feeding Basics

An informative webinar for general practitioners, nurses, and allied health staff to learn:

  • Key elements of responsive feeding practices for promoting and supporting continued breastfeeding
  • Key elements of responsive feeding and safe practices for infants who are being offered bottles as their feeding method 



How to support parents with starting solids

This webinar will include:

  • Evidence-based recommendations on the introduction of solids for infants in their first year of life
  • Current resources for parents/carers

Supporting Children with Fussy Eating Behaviours

This theory-based webinar is intended for health professionals, including general practitioners, nurses, and allied health professionals.

Webinars for the Early Childhood Educators, Directors and Cooks


Supporting Children with Fussy Eating Behaviours

This short interactive webinar provides you with simple strategies to help children who display fussy eating behaviours. You will learn about the various factors that can contribute to fussy eating behaviours and identify when to refer families for additional support. This online workshop is suitable for educators, directors and early childhood teachers.




Teaching children about food

This short interactive webinar provides you with ideas on how you can promote healthy eating learning experiences within your service. We discuss different activities for as range of age groups. You will also learn about the benefits of promoting healthy foods within your service. This online workshop is suitable for educators, directors and early childhood teachers.

Communicating with families about food and children's eating

In this webinar, you will learn strategies for building partnership relationships with parents and communication strategies for promoting healthy nutrition with parents.

Managing multiple food allergies in the kitchen

Presented by Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian Dr Anne Swain.

This webinar is for cooks in early childhood education and care services. You will learn strategies to manage meals and snacks for children with food allergies and also how to use substitutes in their regular recipes. The webinar also provides an overview of the resources and training available from the National Allergy Council.

Training - Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

This training is for practitioners who are new to PCIT or may have had exposure to the intervention but have not received formal training and are looking to gain certification with PCIT International. Please note the training comprises 2 workshops with supervision requirements. There are 4 steps in the process. Karitane is the only organisation with the registered qualifications to train PCIT therapists in Australia. For more details see here.

Family Partnership - Our Foundation for Family Engagement

The foundations for family engagement at Karitane are underpinned by the principles of the Family Partnership Model – supporting families to be engaged in their case planning and increasing successful outcomes. The Family Partnership Model developed over the last 25 years has become an internationally recognised exemplary evidence-based model of care. The model has been disseminated extensively in the UK, where it was originally developed, as well as globally. It is used by a wide range of health, education, social care, and other services to meet the needs of children and families experiencing a wide range of difficulties. Through the use of this evidence-based approach, we ensure families are included and empowered in the process, contributing to family retention and participation in services. Karitane has a formal international agreement with the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust to deliver Family Partnership training.

Parent Education at your Organisation

Karitane’s Education Department has a professional team of qualified child and family health educators who facilitate sessions on a variety of topics such as sleep and settling, feeding and nutrition, toddler development and behaviour, adjusting to parenthood and more. To make an enquiry, send an email to

Masters of Child and Family Health (Karitane)

A formal collaboration exists between Karitane and Western Sydney University to develop and deliver a highly successful postgraduate nursing course – the masters of child and family Health (Karitane). This is offered as a 2-year part-time course and promotes scholarly, educational and clinical placement activities to ensure the delivery of a high-quality tertiary qualification in child and family health, which provides a practice-ready clinician. For more information see here.

Training our Child & Family Workforce of the Future

Karitane has been collaborating with Western Sydney University to develop 2 key initiatives to address the ageing workforce in child and family health. This includes an undergraduate rotation at Karitane whilst in the second year of nursing and the development of a comprehensive program for new graduates in the speciality of CFH. This is the first time in NSW a new graduate program has been offered in this speciality. During this 12-month rotation, new graduates are supported and mentored by certified CFH nurses to gain skills in supporting vulnerable parents and their children as well as completing 2 units from the WSU Graduate Certificate of Child and Family Health.

For more information contact Sharlene Vlahos I Director of Education and Business Development I

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Established in 1923, Karitane is a respected and trusted service leader in parenting services across NSW. Karitane delivers high quality, comprehensive, evidence-based parenting services for families and the provision of education and training to healthcare professionals and non-government organisation. Education and research underpins the delivery of our clinical care. We lead and disseminate the latest evidence-based research ensuring we provide the best advice to parents and educate health professionals, staff, students and academia.

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