Baby train stations in Melbourne, Brisbane and Adelaide have been used to train babies for sleep training, as part of a campaign aimed at stopping the spread of the disease.
Baby train stations are being used to sleep train babies in a trial in Melbourne and Queensland.
It’s being done to reduce the number of cases of respiratory infections and coronavirus, the Australian Health and Medical Commission has said.
“We’re not using these baby train stations for the purpose of getting people to sleep,” Health Minister Jill Hennessy said.
But the use of the stations has been met with criticism, with some parents saying they are putting their children at risk.
Ms Hennessie said the Government had made changes to the program, but insisted it was not for profit.
“The Baby Train stations have been funded through voluntary donations and we have been able to provide a lot of support to those parents and families, and we’ve also done a lot to provide access to the beds and the training,” she said.
The Royal Commission into Trade Practices in Australia, which has been conducting an inquiry into the practices of private train operators, has also been calling for changes to sleep practices in Australia.