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Postgraduate Certificate

PRECEPTORSHIP FOR MIDWIVES (FEB 11 - MARCH 29)

Course coordinator: Jade Wratten

This course aims to provide midwives with an opportunity to explore and develop their understanding of preceptorship. The student will be encouraged to apply a variety of theoretical concepts around the notions of power, ownership of knowledge, transmission of knowledge, support, and professionalism in relation to preceptorship. Students will be supported to develop their skills in preceptorship to prepare them to take on a preceptor role within midwifery.

MATERNAL MENTAL HEALTH  (FEB 11 - MARCH 29)

Course coordinator: Tricia Thompson

This course aims to enhance midwives’ understanding of maternal mental health challenges in pregnancy, birth and or postnatally. Midwives undertaking this course will gain a sound understanding of the psychological implications of these disorders for the childbearing woman and baby, and knowledge of current evidence informing practice. With this enhanced understanding and knowledge of current evidence, midwives successfully completing this course will be able to use an evidence-based approach to appropriately screen for mental health challenges throughout the childbirth continuum and participate confidently as part of a collaborative team caring for women diagnosed with maternal mental health challenges.

MATERNAL OBESITY (APRIL 15 - MAY 31)

Course Coordinator: Jade Wratten

This course aims to enhance midwives’ understanding of a maternal obesity and the relevance to midwifery practice. Midwives undertaking this course will gain a sound understanding of the physiological implications of maternal obesity for the childbearing woman and baby, and knowledge of current evidence informing practice. With this enhanced understanding and knowledge of current evidence, midwives successfully completing this course will be able to use an evidence based approach to appropriately manage the maternal obesity. 

CLIMATE CHANGE, HEALTH AND BIRTH (APRIL 15 - MAY 31)

Course Coordinator: Tricia Thompson 

This course aims to enhance midwives understanding of climate change and of the emerging and potential global health impacts from climate change particularly in relation to pregnancy and birth. Midwives undertaking this course will critically analyse the literature and develop an understanding of the implications of climate change for maternal health and pregnancy outcomes, and for midwives and midwifery.

POLITICS AND PRACTICE OF BREASTFEEDING (JULY 1 - AUGUST 16)

Course coordinator: Yvonne Mosley-Martin 

This course aims to provide participants with the skills to manage complex breastfeeding situations and to critically analyse the context of breastfeeding and to identify strategies for positive change at the micro and macro levels. Midwives and other health care professionals successfully completing this course will be able to use developed frameworks to anticipate, identify, diagnose and effectively manage complex breastfeeding situations using an evidence informed and culturally responsive approach to care.

DIABETES IN PREGNANCY (JULY 1 – AUGUST 16)

Course coordinator: Karen Wakelin 

This course aims to enhance midwives’ understanding of the patho-physiology of diabetes mellitus in pregnancy. Midwives undertaking this course will gain a sound understanding of the physiological implications of the disorder for the childbearing woman and baby, and knowledge of current evidence informing practice. With this enhanced understanding and knowledge of current evidence, midwives successfully completing this course will be able to use an evidence based approach to appropriately screen for diabetes in pregnancy and participate confidently as part of a collaborative team caring for women diagnosed with diabetes mellitus in pregnancy.

NUTRITION FOR THE CHILDBEARING WOMAN (SEPT 2 – OCT 18)

Course coordinator: Jade Wratten 

This course aims to enhance midwives’ understanding of the role nutrition has in pregnancy and during the puerperium. Midwives undertaking this course will gain a sound understanding of the nutrient concerns and nutrient requirements for the childbearing woman. With this enhanced understanding and knowledge of current evidence, midwives successfully completing this course will be able to use an evidence based approach to appropriately provide nutrition knowledge to women in pregnancy and in the puerperium.

HYPERTENSION IN PREGNANCY (SEPT 2 – OCTOBER 18)

Course coordinator: Jade Wratten 

This course aims to enhance midwives’ understanding of the patho-physiology of hypertensions in pregnancy. Midwives undertaking this course will gain a sound understanding of the physiological implications of hypertensive disorders for the childbearing woman and baby, and knowledge of current evidence informing practice. With this enhanced understanding and knowledge of current evidence, midwives successfully completing this course will be able to use an evidence based approach to appropriately detect hypertension in pregnancy and participate confidently as part of a collaborative team caring for women diagnosed with a hypertensive disorder. 

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Postgraduate Diploma

KNOWLEDGE AND THEORY IN MIDWIFERY (FEB 11- MAY 31)

Course coordinator: George Parker 

This course aims to identify and explore the discipline-specific knowledge base of midwifery. Through a critical historical analysis of midwifery literature and practices students will explore the ways in which knowledge informs practice, the ways in which knowledge is generated and the implications this has for the future.

RESEARCH METHODS IN MIDWIFERY PRACTICE (JULY 1- OCTOBER 18)

Course coordinator: Suzanne Miller 

The aim of this course is to provide participants with an opportunity to gain an understanding of various methodological approaches, research methods and the research process including consideration of ethical, cultural and budgetary issues. Participants will be supported to develop a research proposal which demonstrates congruency between aims, methodology and methods and meets the ethical and cultural requirements of the New Zealand research context. The purpose of this course is to provide participants with an opportunity to gain an understanding of various methodological approaches, research methods and the research process including consideration of ethical, cultural and budgetary issues. 

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Complex Care courses

MIDWIFERY ASSESSMENT AND DECISION MAKING FOR COMPLEXITY (FEB 11 – MAY 31)

Course coordinator: Megan Walker 

This course aims to provide the opportunity for midwives to research skills in assessment and monitoring for women and their babies, when a woman is experiencing illness or alteration to the normal physiology of childbirth.

MIDWIFERY PRACTICUM FOR COMPLEXITY (JULY 1 – OCTOBER 18)

Course coordinator: Carolyn McIntosh 

This course aims to enable the midwife to engage in a practice situation with specialist and multidisciplinary teams, where there is a need for more complex aspects of assessment and care for a woman or her baby, who are experiencing illness or alteration to the normal physiology or psychology of childbirth. 

 

 COMPLEX CARE PATHWAY