COVID-19 Update

Due to the impact of COVID-19 in Victoria, the IBPS program is reverting to the COVID-safe training criteria for the period 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022.

Read the updated training criteria here: 2021-2022 IBPS Operating Manual [PDF, 2.69MB, April 2022 version].

Hospitals have reported workforce shortages this financial year. As a result:

  1. We’ve amended the list of clinicians required to be trained. Excluded are:
  2. - Clinical staff who permanently left your hospital and were trained in the IBPS focus areas
    - Clinical staff replacing a clinician who left permanently and were trained in the IBPS focus areas.
  3. We’ve extended our program until 2024.

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Putting women and babies first

The evidence is clear. When birth suite clinicians take part in best practice training, outcomes for women and their babies improve. It also helps to manage risk within your health service, and improve teamwork contributing to a healthier, safer community.

If your hospital has trained more than 80% of birth suite clinicians staff in programs that meet the training criteria in the 2021-2022 IBPS program, we’ll refund part of the obstetric component of your medical indemnity premium. For larger hospitals this will be 5%, while smaller health services will receive a minimum of $24,000.

It’s a simple philosophy that drives the program: we all benefit when our health professionals are working at their very best.


How to get your refund

You’ll need to deliver education and training to your birth suite clinicians in three key areas:

  1. Multidisciplinary maternity emergency management
  2. Fetal surveillance
  3. Neonatal resuscitation

If you can demonstrate that you’ve met the attestation criteria this financial year, we’ll be happy to reward you with the refund in June. You’ll find all you need to know about the program in the 2021-2022 IBPS Operating Manual [PDF, 2.69MB, April 2022 version]: training information, getting the refund, meeting the eligibility criteria, and answers to common questions you might have. 

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