Otago Polytechnic

 Complex Care pathway

Want to develop your midwifery expertise in an area of complex practice? 

Our Complex Care Pathway enables Lead Maternity Care and core midwives to extend their theoretical knowledge and technical skill in any area related to complexity within midwifery care.

It is a specific pathway within the Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery Practice that you complete over one year. 


Step 1: Apply for the Complex Care pathway

Note: If you haven't studied with us before, complete all three steps. If you're a returning student you only need to complete steps 2 and 3.

  1. Apply online for the Postgraduate Certificate in Midwifery Practice.
  2. Fill in the Postgraduate Study in Midwifery Practice selection form 2018
  3. Email it to ebsMID@op.ac.nz.

Complex Care

Duration: One year
Courses in the pathway: 

  • MC503610 Midwifery Assessment and Decision Making for Complexity (30 credits)
  • MC503620 Midwifery Practicum for Complexity (15 credits)  
  • One elective course from the Postgraduate programme (15 credits)


Step 2: Apply for Complex Care postgraduate education funding

Health Workforce New Zealand funds the Complex Care pathway for up to 100 hours' release time for core midwives, or locum cover for LMCs to complete practical placement requirements. Your funding application is separate from your study application – you need to apply for funding through the New Zealand College of Midwives.






Suzanne Miller

Postgraduate Programme Leader

021 705 697