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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 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, birth suite 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. 

Please note: to be eligible for this program midwives must have worked in an acute care area within the last 5 years.

Course information

  • 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

    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 clinical nursing 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).
  • 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.