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Mother & Infant Care for Enrolled Nurses

Mater Education in partnership with Mater Mothers’ Hospitals now offers the opportunity for Enrolled Nurses (ENs) to increase their skills and knowledge to care for new mothers and babies in the midwifery care environment.

The program suits people currently working as an enrolled nurse, in healthcare or midwifery led care who would like to develop their knowledge and skills as an EN in the midwifery environment.

Participants will learn:

  • anatomy and physiology of the reproductive system
  • anatomy and physiology of the breast and lactogenesis
  • physiological changes to the neonate
  • care of the newborn
  • complications of the newborn
  • postnatal care of women
  • complications in the postnatal period.



Course structure & duration

Delivered over three months part-time, with attendance required at four workshops during the first month.

Participants will complete the following assessments:

  • written workbooks
  • simulation of caring for a mother and neonate
  • simulation assessment of the mother and neonate
  • 80 hours of full-time clinical placement in the Mater Mothers’ Hospital, over one of the following fortnights.

Entry requirements

Applicants are selected via criteria relating to previous Diploma of Nursing learning and current work experience. Evidence of previously completed Diploma of Nursing qualification must be submitted as part of the application process.

In addition, successful applicants also need:

  • a Blue Card
  • immunisations—applicants need to provide proof of immunity or have commenced vaccination for:
    • Hepatitis B
    • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
    • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
    • Pertussis (whooping cough)
    • Influenza.