The 2018 Newborn Bloodspot Screening Best Practice Forum, presented by the Department of Health and Human Services and supported by Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS), was held on Friday 22 June in Melbourne. The forum featured presentations from leading experts with a focus on best practice, timeliness, quality, and an update on the recently released Newborn Bloodspot Screening National Policy Framework.

More than 60 midwives and specialists from across Victoria attended the forum and participated in a roundtable discussion. The event provided an opportunity for participants from government, research and health to discuss the barriers and opportunities for improving newborn bloodspot screening. A report summarising the day’s presentations and discussions will be distributed in July.

Newborn screening specialists from VCGS, Dr James Pitt and Sally Morrissy, presented at the forum focussing on risk management strategies and quality improvement initiatives. Visit the VCGS newborn screening webpage for collection guidelines and other useful resources, or expand your knowledge and take the newborn screening online training course.

Watch a short video and take a tour of the VCGS newborn screening laboratory located at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne.

Browse photos taken on the day of the forum.

Download the Newborn Bloodspot Best Practice Forum program.

For more information visit VCGS newborn screening or contact the VCGS Customer Care team on 1300 11 8247.

The Newborn Bloodspot Screening program, commonly referred to as the ‘heel prick test’, is provided by Victorian Clinical Genetics Services (VCGS) located at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and funded by the Department of Health and Human Services.