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Midwifery Refresher Course

Mater Education’s Midwifery Refresher course gives experienced midwives the opportunity to renew and strengthen their skills by learning from leading maternity care experts and gaining practical experience at one of the country’s largest maternity service providers, Mater Mothers’ Hospital Brisbane.

The course encapsulates contemporary best practice across a range of midwifery skills and adheres to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia registered midwife Standards for Practice.

The course follows a preceptorship model of teaching.* Key areas of learning and skills development include:

  • understanding of contemporary, evidence-based best practice, in the clinical environment
  • observing and performing a variety of foundational midwifery skills(with support and regular feedback from preceptors and facilitators)
  • performing holistic patient-centred care in an acute care clinical setting
  • participating in nursing and midwifery inquiry/evidence-based research to make informed clinical decisions
  • identifying the value of diversity and cultural safety within the healthcare workplace.

Course participants have the option to undertake a ‘refresh’ in antenatal or postnatal areas, depending on recency of practice.

*Preceptorship is a time-limited, education-focused model for teaching and learning within a clinical environment. It uses clinical staff as role models, working to assist new staff and students to adapt to their roles and develop clinical skills.

Who should attend?

Our Midwifery Refresher 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. The course 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.

Course information

  • 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. 

  • Since 2018, Mater Education and the Australian College of Midwives (ACM) have joined forces to deliver a dedicated refresher course designed for qualified Registered Midwives.