Well South Primary Health Network


Care Giving/Health Care Support - Breastfeeding Peer Support

 

 

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are trained to provide breastfeeding support and basic breastfeeding information to mothers in the community. A Breastfeeding Peer Supporter helps their friends, family and women and families in the community with breastfeeding and are often advocates for breastfeeding in the community. Increasing breastfeeding knowledge in mother / women networks is a key to breastfeeding continuance. Monthly meetings, professional supervision and ongoing professional development is offered, although not compulsory, to maintain and build on Peer Supporters knowledge and skills.

SKILLS REQUIRED

Peer Supporters need to complete a breastfeeding training course provided by a Peer Counsellor Administrator. Usually, this is a time commitment of 4-5 hours one day a week for 6 weeks, however, if there is demand for something different we can discuss your needs. Two to three courses are run in Otago each year.

LOCATION

Otago-wide. However, monthly meetings are held in Dunedin, Oamaru, Alexandra, and Queenstown.

DAYS AND TIMES REQUIRED

Anytime, Friday mornings

DRESS CODE

No dress code.

SUPERVISION AND TRAINING

Initial training course, Supervision (available via phone, text or in person), Monthly support meeting, Professional development such as, conference and e-courses

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

The names and addresses of two people. One colleague (paid or unpaid work capacity). The other a character reference. We cannot accept references from whānau members or partners. It is important that they have had contact with you recently. Peer Supporters are all police vetted.

 

Schedule Summary

This activity generally occurs on

  • Friday Morning