The Lactating Breast for Physiotherapists - Part A
By attending this course, participants will have the knowledge and confidence to provide appropriate advice, treatment and/or referral for inflammatory conditions of the lactating breast. Further, by accessing research-enhanced strategies the participants will be able to support women achieve optimal lactation in whatever clinical scenario these women present. The body of knowledge about human lactation and its impact on health outcomes beyond the childbearing year continues to grow and along-side this increase in knowledge is the role that the physiotherapy profession plays. As the scope of clinical practice in physiotherapy continues to develop, there is demand for this course covering the lactating breast for all physiotherapists who treat women in pre-pregnancy and childbearing life stages. Clinicians in general practice will benefit from this course as patients are more aware of what physiotherapy can offer women with disorders of lactation. Physiotherapists working in paediatrics will also benefit from this course since lactation serves to support the health of the infant as well as the mother.
1.Understand the health outcomes across at least two generations of lactation and breastfeeding 2. Understand the role of the physiotherapist in lactation and breastfeeding support. 3. Understand the anatomy and physiology of the lactating breast that are relevant to physiotherapy 4. Demonstrate an ability to identify problems within the context of the lactating dyad using research-enhanced theory 5. Identify and perform the key components of a lactating breast assessment for inflammatory conditions 6. Demonstrate the ability to provide informed choice for assessment and intervention and competency in Infection Prevention and Control principles and application 7. Demonstrate clinical reasoning from a research-enhanced base when advising and/or applying a therapeutic intervention 8. Develop a repertoire of physiotherapeutic modalities that are applicable to the lactating breast 9. Appreciate the roles of lactation consultants and other health practitioners with expertise in lactation and breastfeeding 10. Develop a network of multidisciplinary support with colleagues, lactation consultants and other health practitioners involved in pregnancy, peri-partum care, lactation and breastfeeding