Safe Infant Sleeping Policy

Applicable to: This Policy is applicable to Health Service Providers that provide maternity services and child health services as well as Contracted Health Entities that provide publicly funded maternity and child health services to the extent that this Policy forms part of their contract.

Description: Safe infant sleeping practices and messages are used across the Western Australian health system to reduce the risk and incidence of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI). The Safe Infant Sleeping Policy promotes best safe infant sleeping practices by mandating education for staff about safe infant sleeping practices and promoting the use of key messages regarding safe infant sleeping in Health Service Providers and Contracted Health Entities.

This Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Clinical Services Planning and Programs Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(c) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This Policy supersedes OD 0474/13 WA Health Safe Infant Sleeping Policy and Framework 2013.

Date of effect: 18 April 2019

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