The ‘Chromosomal Anomalies’ section of the Clinical Practice Guidelines: Pregnancy Care recommends ongoing training for professionals and awareness of language used when a high chance of chromosomal anomaly is identified. It recommends a handout for parents receiving a prenatal diagnosis  which has several deficiencies, including outdated information, language that increases distress, and contact details for an organisation that no longer exists. No further information is offered in the practice guideline item on structural anomalies, nor mention of the impact on mental health.
In a submission to the Victorian Inquiry into Perinatal Services,  the Australian Sonographers Association identified a need for training on communication following a fetal anomaly diagnosis, highlighting the risk to women’s mental health and wellbeing. The inquiry committee made recommendations for bereavement training but no comment regarding prenatal diagnosis.
There is a significant training gap:
- 32% of Australian sonographers had communicated a finding of a congenital anomaly to parents in the preceding month, yet only 13.3% had received training on the delivery of unexpected news before qualifying. 
- While termination after an anomaly is explored in COPE’s Perinatal Loss in Practice training, no current modules explore the psychosocial aspects of communicating unexpected news, decision-making or continuing a pregnancy following prenatal diagnosis.
- There is no available prenatal diagnosis-specific training for mental health professionals.
- Australian fetal medicine specialists voiced compassion fatigue, burnout and a need for further training due to the emotional toll of supporting parents through distress.