Midwifery Refresher Course

This course is designed for qualified Registered Midwives who are out-of-practice and wish to refresh their knowledge and skills in an acute maternity care setting. It is ideal for midwives who have taken an extended break from midwifery but still meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia mandatory registration standards of Recency of Practice and Continuing Professional Development.

Participants will learn contemporary best-practice and renew their confidence while gaining practical experience at Mater Mothers' Hospital Brisbane.

The course is designed to build on your previous midwifery skills, knowledge and experience to prepare you for safe practice according to the relevant NMBA registered midwife Standards for Practice.

Throughout the course, participants will:

  • gain an understanding of contemporary, evidence-based best practice, in the clinical environment.
  • have the option to refresh in antenatal, labour and/or postnatal areas dependent on recent experience.
  • observe and perform a variety of foundational midwifery skills including medication administration within the maternity setting with support and regular feedback from preceptors and facilitators.
  • be supported within a preceptorship model, working supernumerary alongside Mater Staff.
Entry requirements

The course is designed for Registered Midwives who:

  • have at least one year midwifery experience in a hospital setting
  • hold general registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (without any notations or conditions on their registration), and
  • meet the Recency of Practice Registration Standard of 450 hours practice in the last five years.
Click to view the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's assessment framework for re-entry to practice
Course structure

This course includes three components:

1. Theoretical learning modules (online)
  • Mater Education has collaborated with the Australian College of Midwives (ACM), who will deliver the theoretical, online learning modules including Antenatal, Intrapartum and Postnatal Care. These modules equate to 37 CPD hours and must be completed prior to the practical and clinical components. 
2. Mater Education learning modules (online)
  • approximately 20 hours of guided online modules
3. One day orientation workshop
  • Orientation date will depend on the completion of the online modules and will be discussed with each participant, one-on-one. Subject to change due to COVID-19.
4. Clinical placement (120 hours)
  • Clinical placement will be accommodated at Mater Mothers' Hospital during a designated placement period. While shift times may be negotiable, start and finish dates are fixed.

Together, these components will allow participants to build upon their previous Midwifery experience (and qualifications), and understanding of the requirements of a contemporary, current-day  midwife, including professional practice, critical thinking and analysis, provision and coordination of care and collaborative and therapeutic practice.

Run monthly, the following is an indication of the duration and commitment required to complete this 12 week program:

  1. Weeks 1 - 4: Theoretical learning modules (online)
  2. Weeks 5 - 8: Workshop & Orientation
  3. Weeks 9 - 12: Clinical placement 160 hours
Learning outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Standards for practice 2016.
  • perform holistic patient-centred care in an acute care clinical setting.
  • demonstrate safe practice in medication administration by a variety of routes.
  • participate in nursing and midwifery inquiry/evidence-based research to make informed clinical decisions.
  • identify the value of diversity and cultural safety within the healthcare workplace.

Successful participants will also receive a certificate of competence.


Theoretical learning module
This module is delivered via ACM—please contact ACM directly for pricing & enrolment.

Orientation workshop and supervised clinical placement at Mater
$3 100 (incl. GST)

Payment plans may be available and can be discussed on acceptance of the placement.

To be eligible to pass the program, the applicant must satisfactorily complete all the requirements, including:

  • Mater online clinical modules
  • ACM online modules
  • Reflective practice
  • Australian Midwifery Standards Assessment Tool (AMSAT)
Employment outcomes

Following successful completion of the course, participants will be able to apply for RM vacancies (as applicable) available within the clinical areas and casual pool roster.

Application process

This program is open to eligible midwives registered in Australia who have been out of the  workforce for five years or less.

To apply, complete the application form below.

All applicants will be screened via an interview process and will be required to submit and/or complete the following:

  • Curriculum Vitae showing evidence of previous clinical practice
  • Evidence of 12 months (minimum) post graduate midwifery experience
  • National Australian Federal Police Check: Health workers and students must comply with Employment Screening using Criminal Record Checks Policy Directive PD2005_552
  • Immunisation records
  • Identification with current photo (drivers licence or passport)

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02 Feb 2021 Midwifery Refresher - February 2021 South Brisbane Apply Now
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