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Midwifery Refresher Course

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

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.

Who should attend?

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.

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.