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Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) Webinar

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Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) Webinar

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fantastic well I’d like to um welcome you all to this evening's session on our bachelor of midwifery graduate entry program here at CQUniversity thank you all for taking the time out of your busy schedules to come along um there will be opportunities to ask questions as we go along and at the end Carly is that correct there's also going to be a q a session at the end so um what we'll do is we'll each take our turns to speak we'll introduce ourselves and we'll go from there

okay so just to start off by introducing who we are and my name is Tanya kappa I’m the head of course I’m based in Brisbane um I have a long history of midwifery practice I graduated as a midwife back in the 1990s and have worked as a midwife across the world in all types of models of midwifery care and I came to academia almost six years ago now and I’ve been working at CQU and a couple of other universities in the Queensland area and I have recently completed my PhD Bridget hi everybody um my name is Bridget Ferguson and I’m the full-time midwifery lecturer here at CQU I’m based on the north rocky campus I’m a registered nurse and a registered midwife and I hold an endorsement for medications with my midwifery I’m currently doing my PhD and like Tanya I have worked internationally as well as domestically in various different models of care including midwifery led care and tertiary hospital high risk care as well some of the international settings I’ve worked in include low resource settings such as Papua new guinea and I’ve worked in Saudi Arabia and Bermuda as well so yeah looking forward to chatting with you all and telling you more about our course tonight thanks I’ll hand over to Rachel hello everyone it's an absolute pleasure to be here tonight and also can I just say it's such a pleasure to work alongside these two lovely ladies Bridget and Tanya and also um Richelle and so I am a part-time associate lecturer I’m a registered nurse and a registered midwife and I have a bachelor of nursing at grad dip in mid and masters of international public health I have worked also across the scope of midwifery practice including working in midwifery group practice in Sydney and I currently on my other part of my time work clinically in the birth suites in logan hospital so we have a wonderful time I’ll hand over to Richelle

I'm Richelle I’m also as uh Rachel is a part-time associate free lecturer at uh CQU, I have been a nurse for 14 years and um registered midwife for 12 years and my experience is very heavily in clinical practice um in both new south Wales and Queensland I’ve worked very much in tertiary and secondary hospital environments, but I’ve also been um at midwifery with regroup practice in the past as well and that's me

wonderful thank you

so next I’m just going to provide you with a broad overview of the course how it's structured what you'll be doing and then we'll break it down into more detail as we work through the um session so I know as I say I recognize some of the names that have come up in the participant list I know that some of you have been in contact with me and I have given you this information but I’ll just run through it again for everybody else so the course is actually a two-year course but it's fast-tracked over 18 months so what that means is you commence study at the beginning of march late February early march and you study all the way through the 18-month period without a break so whereas in most university courses you would have the third term off that summer term you don't have that term off in this course you continue so you study term one term two which is the um or was it all up to august is it Bridget I can never remember September then you will continue through the Christmas term and you will return the following year and you will then undertake what we call term four which is also term one okay um the study load is full-time so we often get queries from students that are keen to undertake the course on a part-time basis unfortunately that isn't an option with this course it is only accredited to be delivered full-time so what that means people say what is full time well full time means you undertake two days placement per week you'll also be studying all your online content writing your assignments studying for exams et cetera et cetera and you'll also be undertaking what we call continuity of care experience which Rachel and Michelle will talk more about um later on so there's also um three compulsory residential schools that you'll need to attend in Brisbane the first one is held on the first week of term one the second one is held on the first week of term two there's no residential school for term three but there is one for term four stroke term one in the second year okay

so some of you may have already applied for a place in the course as I recognize some of the names you will need to apply if you're interested at the end of this session through our website the CQU handbook website to be specific so you'll actually need to find the course on the handbook page and at the bottom it will say apply now applications are closing on the first of October so you will unfortunately to make your mind up reasonably quickly once all the applications are received we then go from there and start to look at allocation of placements etc so as I said earlier part-time study unfortunately isn't an option on this course we're often asked am I guaranteed a placement if I apply will I get him while I get a placement well in short the answer unfortunately is no some of the areas such as some of the central Brisbane hospital areas are very heavily subscribed for example the royal Brisbane hospital and takes 10 students per year and often will receive between 30 and 40 applicants for those places so there would be an interview process that you would have to go through um in order to secure a place at rural Brisbane um there are other locations which you can consider undertaking place but we generally ask applicants to specify three uh placement areas that you'll be happy to go to so obviously we would then distribute your application to each of those areas they will consider your application and decide whether they're going to interview you go from there so I guess what I’m trying to say is you don't have to put all of your eggs in one basket you can actually um you know you could opt for Cairns, Rockhampton, Brisbane, or Toowoomba Brisbane um Gladstone it's entirely up to you we do have a list of placement providers that have um suggest that they may well have spots for students next year each year we approach the unit each of the units individually and seek numbers from them but to be honest until we actually receive all the applications sort through them and discuss them with the various units we can't always say for sure how many placements they'll be in each location okay um so when you do submit your application you'll need to provide your three hospital preferences and you'll need to also provide us with provide us with your resume your up-to-date resume which will contain your reference contact details ideally you'll need to provide us with a cover letter that we can actually send to each facility that you're interested in undertaking placement in we also would like you to provide us with your bachelor of nursing university certificate and your academic transcripts so we can actually have a look at how your academic performance was during your bachelor of nursing and we also need to see that you are registered with opera okay

so some other questions we often ask is you know can I undertake the theory I’ve got a placement but can I do the theory now and do the placement next year unfortunately not that isn't an option we need um for you to be undertaking placement alongside your theoretical learning because a lot of it you know the theories needs to be applied to practice particularly when we're looking at the continuity of care experience which we'll talk about more later on um can you work full-time and study on the weekends it would be incredibly difficult because you'll be actually looking at being in the clinical area seven days a week if you did that you'd have your five days full time as a registered nurse and then two days placement and then you then would have to find the time to study and to you know write assignments and prepare for exams so it would be incredibly difficult to do that so it's certainly not advisable um does the bachelor of midwifery qualify for commonwealth support places absolutely yes it does so all you would need to pay is your student contribution and if you do meet the criteria you will be able to hex that student contribution but please contact the finance um office for more information on that another common question we get is how far how far away can I live from the clinical placement site again going back to the continuity of care requirements which we'll talk about more later you'll understand how important it is to be around 20 minutes to half an hour at most I’d in an ideal world away from hospital because you will be on call quite literally the women that you recruit and follow will call you and say they're in labour and you'll need to travel to the hospital and to be with them during um labour and birth or for appointments so you know it's not ideal to be looking at you know a two or three hour commute each way we have had students contact us and tell us they're more than prepared to do it but it's certainly not recommended particularly if you've done a very long shift and then you're having to drive home and so it's really ideal to be within 20 minutes to half an hour but if you think that that's not going to be an option for you please get in touch and talk to us and we can obviously assess on a case-by-case basis

this is you Bridget isn't it yes thanks Tanya so for anyone who is considering applying to the bachelor of midwifery program there are some mandatory clinical requirements that we will need you to have um all together before you commence the course so if you were successful in gaining a place you would you would be offered enrolment but it wouldn't be confirmed until all of your mandatory clinical requirements were met so what these comprise are vaccination records as you can see on the screen here this includes current evidence of current immunization against hepatitis a and b mm varicella pertussis influenza and tb currently we all know we're in the midst of our covert 19 pandemic and recently as in in the last week I believe Queensland health have required mandatory full vaccination um I think it's by the end of October this year will be required for clinical placement so any student who doesn't have that um they it's looking likely that Queensland health and other private um health providers will not be able to facilitate clinical placement for unvaccinated students so that would need to be completed as well applicants who go on to successfully get a place in the course also need to provide a working with children check an Australian federal police check they need to have an up-to-date CPR competency their Queensland health student deed poll they need to have completed their Queensland student orientation checklist and the CQU student declaration and have um sort out their CQU student id as well all of these mandatory checks are mandatory to be provided prior to commencing in the course but they must also be kept up-to-date throughout the 18-month program so for example often people's CPR mandatory certificate runs out during the course so that would have to be re-completed and then resubmitted to the university if it is outdated it expires that means that their clinical placement is temporarily terminated until they can update that as evidence and that's part of CQU’s

contract requirements with our industry providers as well so there is a legal component that mandates these clinical requirements too thanks Tanya can you flick me to the next slide, please

so for students who are about to commence clinical placement they need to go to clinical placement with the correct uniform and CQU has a uniform policy this has been the purple midwifery shirt that you can see here in the image but we are currently transitioning to scrubs um I’m not sure if they're going to be available for the 2022 intake training do you know if the university will have those we are hoping so um and obviously when the time comes to purchase the uniform we'll make a decision around that so you're not buying one that'll only be able to be born for a short period of time so yeah I mean if we can get them um in stock and ready to go they will be but we'll keep you updated with that thanks Tanya so currently what the students are wearing is the purple CQ midwifery student top and that is available for purchase via the bookstore black closed in shoes and no jewellery and they must have their CQU ID badge on them at all times whilst they're at clinical placement um so like I said we're transitioning to the scrubs and if you are successful in gaining a place in the program for next year I do recommend that you seek the purchase of your uniform um as soon as possible because sizing can sometimes be a little bit tricky and when that runs out of stock sometimes students can't get it before the commencement of their clinical placement and it just yeah it can be a little bit tricky so I strongly encourage you to um to get onto the to the bookstore um once you're accepted into the course and secure your uniform as soon as possible um do you mind flicking me to the next slide please thanks okay so now we're just going to drill down into our course structure and as tammy mentioned before it is an 18-month program that runs over two years so in the first year you would undertake two terms and in term one you would be completing three units of study the first two units that you can see here so are this is professional midwifery practice legal and ethical frameworks and foundations of midwifery one are theoretical units so it's all just your standard study and these are your foundational units for understanding professional frameworks that you will operate and work as a midwife within your midwifery practice and then foundations of midwifery one is about your anatomy and physiology in terms of a healthy context for mothers and babies and the third unit in term one is midwifery practice one and this is your clinical unit where you're going out into clinical placement um that runs across the entire term and within that unit is contained the compulsory residential school so this is a one week residential school at the very beginning of term as Tanya mentioned before so with the completion the successful completion of the clinical unit students are required to complete a minimum of 224 clinical hours which equates to about two eight hour shifts per week and then they have their continuity of care experiences on top of that so for the second term in year one we move away from the healthy context looking at complexities in pregnancy and early motherhood and in these units uh the first one is theoretical it's called critical inquiry and midwifery practice so this is a research unit where you'll be learning about undertaking research and applying research into practice applying theory to practice the second unit is foundations of midwifery too and again it's anatomy and physiology but within the context of complexities and looking at obstetric emergencies and maternal emergencies and neonatal emergencies as well so here the second midwifery practice unit is uh about complexities and the residential school for that will cover obstetric emergencies as well so then in year two um the first term is the term that goes across the Christmas new year period so it bridges um the first year and goes into the second year so there's no break as tammy said before the 18 months is continuous and in this term you have three units again the first two being theoretical being midwifery practice for aboriginal and Torres strait islander families so specifically looking at midwifery care for that priority population and then foundations of midwifery three which again um is looking at you know midwifery from it from a different perspective so considering other um uh vulnerable populations for example women who might be experiencing substance dependency during their pregnancy or women or people who may be members of the LBGTQI community as well so looking at different populations and how we can best service them with contemporary relevant safe midwifery practice and then of course we have our midwifery practice 3 which is our clinical unit and that has no residential school in term three but the 224 hours and the continuing continuity of care experiences and then your final term which is time one of the second year um is your pharmacology for midwifery practice donations have been with free practice 4 which looks at transitioning into being a graduate practitioner sustainability of career ongoing continuing professional development for your midwifery practice as you move into your registration phase of your career and then the last one is your midwifery practice four which is your final clinical practice unit and that has the last compulsory residential school that's completed at the beginning of term one in the second year so again completing 224 hours plus continuity of care experiences so you can see there that the total hours of midwifery practice experience or clinical placement is 896 hours plus the continuity of care hours on top of that and we'll talk more about the COC component specifically later on did you want to just talk to about the course being newly accredited as well and the most was the first course in Australia to you written to the new standards yeah absolutely so every university across Australia that offers a degree such as a bachelor of midwifery degree must be accredited by and mac and that is the division of Oprah the registration body that oversees all university programs and accredits them so that their graduates will meet the basic requirements for registration and practice within the public domain as a midwife so as Tanya mentioned this particular program that's being run in 2022 so uh cm 16 this will be the first iteration of this program because we're very proud to be newly accredited by and mac and we are in fact the first university to achieve this accreditation um in Australia so if you are successful in gaining a place in in this program you will be the very first cohort to go through this newly accredited program and achieve your registration as midwives so it's um we're very excited to offer this course it's brand spanking new thanks Daniel

um it's just me as well I think it is uh so this is just a breakdown of those three compulsory residential schools that I spoke of and as Tanya mentioned they are in term the beginning of term 1 2 and term 4 they are all compulsory and they run over a week which is 5 days they are delivered um via two modalities so there will be an online theory component where students will access pre-recorded lectures to work through those and then they will excuse me come into the Brisbane city campus on Ann street for face-to-face stimulation in our midwifery simulation labs where we will run through um you know the information that you need to know and the skills and the training for hands-on midwifery care the dates and the locations um the location generally doesn't change it's usually uh the Brisbane city campus however CQU does retain the right to change the location as institution need and student need is considered and the dates and the campus locations once they are verified by the university will be released in advance um sometimes it's not as in advance as would it be ideal but we try and get those dates out to students those confirmed dates as soon as we possibly can um to give the students you know the best opportunity for arranging their schedule their family lives and their working rosters so that they can attend those resident residential schools because they're compulsory but once the dates are released um they are not flexible we um we can't change them and as I mentioned before attendance is compulsory um and in fact the attendance is mandatory because students are required to complete them so that they can enter into the next term without completing the mandatory component of the course students are unable to progress further into their oncoming units for the next term

thanks Tanya so as I said before term one is about normal physiology um and a healthy context in pregnancy childbirth and the post down period so here we introduce students to beginning practice for the normal processes of pregnancy birth breastfeeding and supporting women in the postpartum period so we introduce students in that very first residential school to skills such as abdominal palpation facilitating a normal spontaneous vaginal birth supporting a mother to transition to motherhood undertaking a postnatal assessment for the normal transition to post-pregnancy physiology and assessment of the neonate to determine if they're making a healthy transition to extra uterine life and supporting establishment of breastfeeding as well so we front load students with all of that information and hands-on skills and simulation prior to the commencement of clinical placement so that that when you get out into the unit where you're going to be working and the hospitals and working alongside your midwifery mentors clinically you come to that with you with the basic knowledge and introduction into normal physiology to best set you up for success in in the commencement of your clinical placement

Tanya so the second residential school in the beginning of term two where we move away from a normal context looking at high risk high-risk abnormal complexities in pregnancy here we're going to focus on maternal and neonatal emergency so for example what we do if a woman starts haemorrhaging after she's had a baby so we call that a postpartum haemorrhage a ph. how to um undertake basic life support and consider advanced life support in the circumstance of a maternal collapse neonatal resuscitation and then various other obstetric emergencies such as the shoulder dystocia a cord prolapse um

undertaking an episiotomy so different things that that may be required of a midwife if things don't fit into that completely normal context of care, so we run through that in our skills in our lab stations and we do like drills and skills where you get to work as a team to address those sorts of emergency situations

thanks Tanya and then the final residential school at the beginning of your last term is really just giving students the ability to home practice to revise their skills and refresh their knowledge so that they can embed their basic skills for moving and transitioning into practice as a registered midwife preparing for that that transitionary phase and we also introduce students to some advanced skills for example um suturing a perineum if a woman has experienced um some tissue damage during a vaginal birth or in fact if she's had an episiotomy as well so you can see in the image there these were some third for some fourth term students who were who were undertaking a simulated postpartum haemorrhage and working together to um figure that out in our labs

Thanks for watching for the next two slides so um after you've done your residential schools you'll then be thrust out into the real world of working in a clinical facility so prior to um entering the call like as you enter the course we arrange you with an industry partner so um there's a few there's two main types of industry partners that we use public hospitals and private hospitals so in a public hospital women have access to a range of different models of care if women have complex issues during their pregnancy then they will be largely managed by obstetric doctors accompanied by midwives if women are low risk and healthy midwives manage women's pregnancies all the way through the antenatal period during birth and afterwards um in a private hospital pregnancies are managed um overseen by an obstetrician and then when the woman goes into birth um the midwife will give the labour care and the obstetrician will come and attend the birth so slightly different models of care but we still find that students gain a wealth of experience in both models um so it having the clinical component provides you with the opportunity to apply what you've learned in theory to practice you'll find that you will be gaining a whole set of brand new skills um in addition to your nursing skills it's a very big great and interesting learning curve to go from being a nurse to being a midwife I remember the transition and it was great um so there are specific clinical midwifery experience hours that are required over the 18 months of the program and these are according to what um Bridget was saying about and mac accreditation requires that students meet certain criteria um and again and gain specific um midwifery practice experiences um in addition to these um standard sort of set of experiences um for the accreditation of the course you're also required to have the 10 continuity of care experiences so this is following 10 women and it's 10 women over the course of the 18 months through their pregnancy birth and postnatal journey and it's a really great experience to follow what happens from early pregnancy all the way through to early motherhood early parenthood and I’ll elaborate a bit more on continuity of care experiences a little bit down the line through the presentation

so the minimum requirements um is a minimum of two eight hour shifts per week over the entire 18 months and on top of that is the continuity of care experiences um and you're expected to gain a broad range of specified experiences we're working with women from all different backgrounds all ranges of health status so you will gain a really broad range of experiences looking after these women and families you need to make yourself available for all shifts across the seven days and including night shifts and weekends and be prepared to be flexible in order to achieve these requirements and students are always to follow the absence from placement policy which includes providing a medical certificate um you won't pass the course if you don't meet the clinical um the minimum number of clinical hours required so it's really important to be a professional about your clinical practice as well I’m going to hand over to Richelle now thank you Rachel so I’m going to talk a bit about the uh clinical hours requirements and the clinical experience requirements and they're two different things that are required in order to meet the requirements to finish the course and for registration so we've already spoken about the clinical hours that you will require so the 224 per term but this gives you a breakdown over the entirety of the course as to where the minimum amounts for each area of clinical care lie so for example your middle y-flat antenatal clinic requires a minimum of 80 hours collaborative international clinic 32 and I won't read them all to you but as you go on there you can see where those minimum hours are allocated to um there are some particular areas where if you might be completing your clinical placements in a rural area where there may be challenges that you face with gaining some hours in certain areas for example care of the neonate with special care needs so in a special care nursery or a neonatal intensive care unit but we will work with you in order to achieve those hours and it might mean that we organize for you to spend some time in a facility other than your primary facility where you're completing uh placement so Rachel has spoken to the continuity of care experiences so these hours are in addition to the 224 per term that are required to complete the course and so your continuity of care experience is related to the concept of continuity of care which is integral to maternity care which basically means receiving care from a known caregiver throughout the continuum of pregnancy birth and the postnatal period so as students you are required to recruits um well to complete 10 continuity of care experiences which means that during your clinical placement you will be Recruiting women and gaining their consent to follow them through their pregnancy journey for each of those continuity of care experiences to be considered complete there must be a minimum of four antenatal visits per woman attended and two postnatal uh visits per woman and uh I think next to that two it says one of which should be at six weeks is that correct that sort of cut off on my screen uh and of those ten minutes ten um women you'll be required to have been at a minimum of six of the labour and birth experiences for those women there's a uh recommended uh schedule for how you should recruit these women so generally it will be recruit uh three women to follow through during their pregnancies in term one to birth in term two another three to be requited in term two to birth in term three and then four to be requited in term four in term three to birth in term four um but it is also a good idea to recruit one or two extra in the event that uh for some reason a woman has to withdraw from the continuity of care experience with you

uh so if we move on to the clinical skills so in addition to the clinical hours that are required to complete the requirements of the course there are a number of actual clinical experiences that you will need to participate in and record and so for example there are 100 antenatal assessments that will need to be completed there are 30 experiences where you'll need to be the primary birth attendant for the woman who experiences a spontaneous vaginal birth so unfortunately emergency caesarean sections for example um don't count into that um don't count in that category um but they do count into the next one so uh we need 10 experience of direct and active care to women through the first stage of labour and where possible during birth so if someone did for example have an emergency caesarean section the care that was provided in labour could be counted there uh you'll require 20 newborn examinations you'll have to record 40 episodes of women requiring complex care during pregnancy labour birth for the personal period uh 100 episodes of postnatal care uh five experiences in assessing the mother and baby at four to six weeks postpartum in the practice setting where possible but otherwise using telehealth we've already said you'll have your 10 continuity of care experiences and you'll need to have evidence of supporting uh 20 women to breastfeed their babies in accordance with the best practice principles

so there are also in a thank you also I just pressed the button to try and move the slide but you did it for me there are also some additional required um experiences where there are not necessarily any minimums but we would like you to record these experiences as you have them and so they are the things which include antenatal screening investigation and associated counselling referring requesting and interpreting results administering medicines for midwifery practice so those medications that are specific to midwifery uh actual or simulated experiences including maternal and neonatal resuscitation act actual or simulated vaginal breath breach births actual assimilated episiotomy and peroneal suturing uh perinatal mental health issues and understand it's important to understand that midwives although maybe endorsed cannot prescribe in all jurisdictions so these are things that we'd like you to record if you experience them but you can if you do progress forward in the course um you'll see that there may not be plentiful opportunities uh to complete all of these things but if you do it um we're very happy for you to record it and we'd like to see that um and all of these experiences that I’ve spoken about so your hours and uh experiences compulsory and additional they will be required to be recorded in the student clinical experience record book so if you move forward with your studies I will be providing that to you

okay so uh we can also provide for you culturally um well we also like you to um take part in culturally diverse clinical experiences so there is a requirement of 36 hours of care given to culturally diverse families um or aboriginal and Torres strait islander families and depending on the setting you may not be required to complete these hours in another location as many settings do provide the learning and practice experience opportunities for these families um as you know Australia is um quite um culturally diverse and so for a lot of um a lot of students it's very easy to achieve um care of culturally diverse families and aboriginal and Torres strait islander families um there may be the exception of some facilities where the demographic is uh somewhat different but we will work with you to achieve that

and then there is also the possibility of having rural clinical experiences and certainly some of our ongoing placements are in rural facilities um if this is something that you're interested in we can work on facilitating that for you if you're not already placed in a rural area so they are elective not compulsory and the aim of the rural clinical movement free experience setting is to recognize and appreciate the different perspectives of the role and workload of the midwife in a rural setting and to explore the different issues that arise in providing care to women and families in a rural location

so a little more on the continuity of care experiences so it's when a student follows a woman through her journey of pregnancy labour and birth for a time after birth in a partnership approach the continuity of care experience provides students with the opportunity to develop knowledge and gain experience and to personally reflect on the application of the principles of evidence-based practice it's um one a really great example to have a professional relationship with a woman you get to know these women over a period of about six months so as a professional we have to we get to know these women really well but then there's also a period of time where we need to also be professional and then that professional relationship so there's a lot of dynamics around these continuity of care experiences you can also reflect on your practice but you can also reflect on the practice of other people and whether or not you would like to take on board there the way that they practice and include that in the way that you practice as a registered midwife or you could reflect on it and say I’m going to do something differently to how that person how that registered midwife that you're also working alongside my practice so these continuity of care experiences are really rich and very valuable

so you'll observe and participate in supervised care so all throughout your course you'll never be working on your own you'll always be working alongside a registered midwife or an obstetrician um and you'll we've already said a minimum of 10 women throughout this time and you're required to provide an average of about 10 to 20 hours of documented care for each of each of these women um you'll attend a minimum of four antenatal visits and appointments with each woman and they tend to go for about half an hour each depending on what's going on in that appointment um you should ideally be present for the labour and birth of the baby and this could take a 12 hour shift sometimes so we have to be flexible and babies don't always come in a hurry it could also only be a one hour student so um you when I lost my lost my spot you should ideally be present for labour and birth providing education and supervised support for the woman um if present for the labour and birth you will provide care to the woman with her consent and support of the supervising midwife you will attend two postnatal visits after six weeks with the woman and her baby I just want to be just explicit about what midwives do in this setting because I understand that as registered nurses sometimes we don't know what goes on in midwifery settings so as a midwife you actually catch the baby so there's that was a revelation to me when I came into midwifery um and midwives are very highly skilled they actually deliver the baby um suture up a perineum that needs repairing sometimes so um we cannulate we do all sorts of um things without necessarily a doctor present so um that is the continuity of care experience

thanks Rachel so you can probably see from that uh snapshot and overview of the course that it's quite detailed it's very hands-on you will be at the coalface with women learning and practicing midwifery skills straight from the get-go and clinical placement goes for the minimum of two shifts every week for the entire 18 months plus your COC on top so studying and becoming a midwife is pretty much a full-time proposition and as you're aware to be eligible to even apply to the bachelor of midwifery program applicants must be registered nurses already so it's important that we just touch base with what is the actual scope of practice for the midwifery student so it's really important to be mindful that when you do enter into your clinical placement that you're going there as a student a student midwife even though you're a registered nurse in the vast majority of instances you won't actually be employed you'll be undertaking your clinical placement in a supernumerary capacity therefore you're essentially you're a guest you're a learner um in that space you're not working under your registered nurse license and this is because you're a complete novice practitioner and that is completely okay it's like going back to having your l plates on when you were getting your driver's license but it's important to remember that that has implications for your scope so even though when you're working as a registered nurse you will have a level of autonomy and expertise under that particular registration it's important to be aware that that does not carry over into your midwifery student position so when you've got your midwifery hat on your student had your l plates on you must understand that you are not insured to practice under your nursing registration license whilst you are undertaking a super new marine midwifery student shift therefore at all times you must ensure that you are under direct or indirect supervision of a registered midwife who is allocated to the care of that particular mother and baby so that's a very important point to make so that when you come into this you come in to it with your eyes open and understanding exactly where you sit with your midwifery student hat on Tanya can you just flip the slide for me please thanks so again um just to reiterate the point all of our students and this is a contractual requirement that we hold with our industry partners who provide clinical placement they must provide our students with either direct or indirect supervision at all times so particularly when you're first starting out in clinical in clinical practice you know you're in term one term two and you're still you know right at the beginning of your studies you should ideally be under direct supervision at all time as you're moving towards graduation so by the time you get into your final term um the midwives you will still be under their supervision but for certain skills you know if you're taking a blood pressure very simple stuff you may not be under their direct supervision they may not be facing you whilst you're doing it but at all times you must only ever practice under their supervision because the care that is taking place from a medical legal perspective is responsible under their midwifery registration because of their employment and you are a student underneath that not underneath your nursing license so when you do go out onto clinical placement be very mindful of this and particularly when it comes to documentation all of your documentation must be counter signed by the midwife who is allocated to the patient your clinical facilitator your preceptor your mentor whoever you're working with at the particular time of care so it must be content premiums and I highly recommend that when you're also getting your mentor and your supervisor to sign off your clinical logbook with the hours that you've undertaken the skills that you've undertaken that you get them to do that for you contemplatively as well because if you come back the next week you know you may not catch that person again so be very mindful of your responsibilities and where you sit with your midwifery student hat and your l plates on at all times thanks Tanya um so Tanya I think this likes you okay great thanks Bridget so you know what's going to happen when you finish this course will I get a job well 100 of our graduates last year secured full-time employment which was fantastic and what is particularly interesting to note is that their median they should say medium rather than mean but starting salary was 92 200 per annum so I guess what I’m trying to say is for registered nurses coming into this program there are lots and lots of opportunities for you when you complete your course you may choose to work in the local maternity unit you may choose to go rural and remote for example you may choose to join the RFDS we get a lot of critical care nurses coming to us wanting to undertake their midwifery program so they can then go on and obviously extend their skills to working autonomously across all areas of hospital care which often and leads them to as I say rural remote settings or working um with the RFDS and we know for a fact that we're bridging the RFDS is very keen to recruit um midwives who have a nursing background particularly those who come from a critical care background so that's a really great opportunity I probably could mention Bridgette here I’m sure they wouldn't mind us mentioning this to potential students they also offer scholarships each year I know they were recently advertising actually for nurses who have a critical care background to contact them about undertaking the midwifery program with a scholarship and then obviously a period of employment with the RFDS upon graduation so that's a really good incentive

so as I mentioned earlier on um you will need to go through to our graduate entry midwifery program course page um and click apply direct some of you may be familiar with um the QTAC system when you undertook your nursing program you applied through QTAC and they then distributed your application because this is a postgraduate course although it's a bit confusing although it is a bachelor degree it's a postgraduate course in as much as you're coming to us with a bachelor degree so you apply to us directly and then you'll provide all those documents I outlined earlier on and then that application will come to us where we can then sort it from there

so if you have any um we will have the opportunity to ask some questions now but please if you have any um questions that come to mind after this session um we can all be contacted directly and we're more than happy to chat with you about the course and answer any questions that you may have our contact details are available obviously here on this slide but you also can find us by inserting our name into the staff and search section of the CQU website so please feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about the course

and that's it Carly yeah so and further to this you'll receive an email so that will give you more contact to reach out touch base with us and ask questions at this moment we've got one question sitting in the q a which I think is really fitting because you've just touched on the applying direct and it was from Isabel in regards to double the checking she submitted an application last week does she now submit the listed documents to the email address provided so does she apply and then provide those documents or once she applies then she's prompted to provide those documents it will be wonderful Isabel if you wouldn't mind emailing um your documents to that cl midwife replacements um email address we can then collate as we create a file for each applicant we put everything in um as it filters in so we have it all there ready to distribute to our industry partners for placement sorting so yeah that would be great if you wouldn't mind sending those through awesome so that's the only question that we had but I would like to offer the opportunity if anyone wanted oh already sorry Darcy gotcha um so Darcy’s applied already but doesn't recall submitting a cover letter for hospitals so should they upload that or email to somebody hi Darcy I think it would be wonderful if you again wouldn't mind emailing your cover um letters to the cl midriff replacements email and just put your name in the title of the email and we can then allocate your documents to your folder um I’ve got a few more questions you guys were great at hitting me at the same time which is great also if you do want to ask um ask over the phone just let me know and I can unmute your mic as well so the next one Isabella again um how are applications assessed

I’m not on me hi Isabel so what we do um we basically look at your three identified clinical placement preferences we then compile the documents and we send a folder containing your application documents to our industry partners some industry partners do require us to sit in on the interviews some of the smaller units actually don't in interview it really depends on the particular clinical facility and what they require as I touched on during the session the royal Brisbane is one area that is highly competitive and they will absolutely want to interview anyone who's interested undertaking placement there so um generally it's mainly assessed by interview we do say for example we receive 50 applications for the royal Brisbane we may obviously look at your cover letter assess your previous academic history et cetera et cetera and decide who to shortlist for interview because often the royal Brisbane staff do like to participate in the interviews and they won't want to interview 50 people so we do have to undertake a process of narrowing that down but that is done in collaboration with the clinical facilitators there does that answer your question

uh if Isabel if you if that answers your question if you want to just raise your hand

ah I’ll go in yes awesome thank you um I like this next question um does your GPA from our um from the nurse from their previous nursing degree affect or their chances in getting into this degree or do you look up look at overall classes and grades it doesn't necessarily um impact as I just said if we do have a lot of applications and we do have to really sift through say 50 60 applications for 10 spots sometimes it will come into play but generally we also look at your um you know experience to date and what where have you been working previously obviously we also seek um references too um so there's a lot more than just your GPA we look at yeah be reassured we're not going to see all three out no we don't interested anymore we will look further than just the GPA but as I say it can be a little bit more like about the world we do scrutinize somewhat more in those areas that are really um heavily applied to uh Katya has asked she just wanted just to double check um that red schools are only offered in Brisbane yes they are yes we've just got some brand new labs actually we've only held one res school there so far they just opened at the beginning of this year so um their whole they're held on the and street campus which is very close to central station and can easily be accessed from the airport if you're traveling from interstate or from other parts of Queensland um accommodation is you know you can book a backpacker hostel right through to five-star accommodation there's lots and lots of um options in the area

Bianca is finishing her bachelor of nursing and this term and should be a registered nurse by January what is the chances of her getting a place in there I apply Bianca absolutely apply what we will do we have we have this situation every year please don't be deterred by the fact that you don't actually have the piece of paper yet what we would do is make an offer to you on the basis that you will obviously receive your upper registration in time and provide that to us before the course commences and so please nobody that you know is still studying be deterred to apply because we do always you know bear in mind that by the time this course starts you will have it yeah we've got Darcy again um so the but um their bachelor degree was done 10 years ago and has not and not the best GPA however to further post-grads are much better is this considered when you're oh yes absolutely please also include any documentation you have Darcy on those postgraduate qualifications if you have the transcripts include those two but please also be reassured that you know if you are maybe returning to study after a period of time away I did that myself when I went back to university I’d been away for 15 years or so I know what it's like it can be quite nerve-wracking and please be um reassured that we do support you we do have lots of services within the university to assist you um with academic writing so anyone who thinks oh gosh my GPA isn't great I may really struggle we do have support networks in place for you um how do we know which hospitals offer the clinical placements which is a really interesting question yeah that is a that is a really good question and I think um there is a list that um you have Rachel am I correct that you've of industry partners that have responded to us so far with placements so please contact us um to find out where they are if you don't have any idea I thought they went out as a list Rachel would be you may have to correct me on this I don't really deal with that side of things yeah I think when people apply there's a list of industry partners that they can choose from but that is that list is not exhaustive um and we are actively working to have agreements with new industry partners definitely I wasn't going to say that if you come to us and you've spoken to your um you know numb or your midwifery unit manager who said look I want to support you to undertake your midwifery training here you know and you're employed as a registered nurse please come to us and discuss that with us because like Rachel said we're really keen to foster new relationships with new industry partners and it may not be that you can achieve absolutely everything you need particularly in some of the rural locations or private hospitals but we'll do everything we can to um determine whether we can give you a short placement elsewhere to subs you know to substitute those areas that you're lacking so if you do have a bit of an unusual situation like that please give us a call and have a chat with us and also if we do know of any of available placements pre-lead lead up we do have that listed on the course page as well so that should be able to give you an indication an indication as well the other thing that's really important to mention is we always have areas too where we have a large number of clinical placements but maybe we struggle to fill them all each year that also happens we have the complete other side of the coin to the royal risk and where we have you know placements and enough students so call us because we can talk to you about those opportunities too if you're somebody who's able to relocate for example you may be able to slot into one of those so please make contact with us to discuss that too

so we've got Tegan so no also flagging that no one's um everyone's happy to listen to my voice ask these questions which is I’m happy to do um again if you do want to ask live just let me know in the um the questions but Tegan has asked about um so Tegan I will graduate as a registered nurse this year in November can I apply for this course for next year I’m in cairns area so it's very similar to the previous question yes there's no real reason why you couldn't apply and cairns unfortunately is another area that is very heavily subscribed but we are in the process of negotiating some additional places in that area aren't we Rachel at the moment so please apply um if cairns is where you want to stay pop that on your form and then we'll be in touch to chat with you about that and if they nominate clinical placements so to Katya’s um question based in cairns as well um if when do they know whether they're going to be successful in gaining a spot for 20 years well once applications close we then collate everything and distribute them all to our industry partners who we then correspond with so if there is really um a bit of a fluctuation in time if you know clinical partners only offer in one spot it's high likely they'll make a decision really quickly and offer whereas if it's a unit that has a lot of applications it can take slightly longer so it really does depend um but we do aim to have everyone in and enrol don't we ideally bridge it by the end of December because we want you to get your pre-clinical checks all in ready to start placement so we try and move things through as quickly as we can once those applications close then we really get busy and getting more organized and out to industry partners interviewed if they want to interview and back to us and then we can make offers what happens is once the industry partner says they're happy to take you they provide us with what we call a letter of endorsement which basically says they'll be supporting you for the 18 months to meet the requirements of our course and as soon as we get that we then set trigger the system to send out your offer and then once you've accepted that you can enrol in the course and start looking at the content etc so it happens quickly as possible I guess to cut a very long story short uh we have tea who I have looked at clinical placement list and none of them are close to me am I able to list the two hospitals closest to me send us an email or give us a call tomorrow and have a chat with us about where they are because it could well be that maybe we are in the process of still negotiating we still are trying to negotiate spots up I keep referring to Rachel and Michelle because they've been really overseeing the placements for this year um but we have got some that we as they are still in there another couple of weeks two applications closed so we're working on a few other industry partners so it may well be that way you're living is one of them um but if you would like to touch base with us um we could then go from there so I’ve got a really good one so it's from Megan thank you for asking the question can you tell me why people may choose this program over completing a post-grad diploma in midwifery by another university such as JCU is there a difference between clinical placements uh between someone who completes the bachelor versus postgrad yes so we used to offer a diploma a graduate diploma of midwifery and the main point of difference between our program and the JCU program for example is their program is actually a full two-year program and ours is 18 months and we've spoken to a lot of industry partners um not just when we're just re-apprenticed but previous our previous um accredited program and just we really wanted the course to happen as quickly as possible because a lot of them are paying their staff to be registered nurses and they're undertaking this midwifery and qualification you know in their own time so to speak so that was one of the reasons why we and decided to run a fast track course the other reason why we moved from a diploma a graduate diploma to a bachelor um was because it was 100 certain we would always have commonwealth supported placements when institutions offer postgraduate level courses they have to apply each year for commonwealth supported places to be allocated by the government and it's not guaranteed so um the decision was taken that would move it to a bachelor level to guarantee that and to run it over that fast track 18 months which we believe is our main point of difference um to other units or other sorry universities I should say in the area I know that we've reached time but we've got just um a few questions are you happy to answer them otherwise we can I can go back later um so Isabel again I have 18 months experience as a paediatric um paediatric nurse post-graduation is there any minimum experience required as a nurse no not at all no that's a common um belief that you know you have to have at least a graduate program under your belt but no not at all 18 months out in practice is more than enough you know when we provide you with that one year of RPL it's simply for your bachelor of nursing degree there is no expectation they'll have extensive and postgraduate experience as a nurse so please go ahead and apply I’ve got a question from Imogen would you like references from our current workplace um we're using the acronym and apologies because I don't work at the space and numbers or other work mates absolutely fine the types of things we're really looking for as I say particularly in these highly competitive areas are you know that you reliable you come to work you know one of the big issues that we find um there's created problems in the past when there's a lot of sickness a lot of absence and people get behind the clinical hours and that type of thing so you know we're not going to be saying oh you know what sort of nurses is imaging or whatever it's literally just getting a feel for you know your professionalism etc so it doesn't have to be necessarily somebody that you've worked with clinically day in day out and Imogen again um my partners in the ADF are you guys supportive if I if I would have to move from say Brisbane to Townsville Tanzania is an area we do have problems with because their model doesn't support the two days per week clinical placement they only offer block placement in fact that's another point of difference of our course going back to that previous question our course having the two days a week allows you to continue working as a registered nurse alongside and your placement but um Townsville hospital unfortunately only offer the block placement so six weeks full time um so we have had people complete the course at Townsville but it hasn't been the most straightforward process so I guess to cut a long story short it can make things difficult if you're moving to an area where we don't have um clinical placements already pre-agreed so that's something I think probably have a chat with us about

Kim’s asked how long the residential schools are for uh for one week or two one week

and Katya did past students have time during the week to work which oh yes oh yes all our students I mean they're all you know working people with mortgages and bills and families so as I say that's one of the real and strong points of our course is because the placement roles um you know you have that two days a week every week rather than blocks of five days a week over six weeks so you can continue working um I mean we have a lot of nurses come to us from emergency department and except you mentioned they're working towards joining the RFDS or similar so they really are keen to maintain their critical care skills alongside undertaking their midwifery program we just wouldn't recommend that you work full-time as a nurse although we've had a few people who have tried haven't we Bridgette

um Jacinta has asked are the assessments for the subjects assessed by assignment slash exams or both oh bit of everything so we have written papers we have we actually don't have any written exams in our newly accredited program we have an oral reviver which is like an oral exam or a clinical scenario you talk to we have case studies we have blogs we have coroner's reports what else do we have Bridget uh we have reflectivity portfolio yeah all different types of assessments clinical practice assessments yeah so there's a whole diverse range but no written exam if you're pleased to hear

and can you pick the days you um do the compulsory two days weekly placement yeah well yes and no and yes you can from our perspective as long as you complete their 224 hours at the end of each term we don't really mind how you achieve that so you'll just need to negotiate that with your clinical and placement provider so for example we've had places that have done four shifts one week and then on the next week and you know it's all basically you know open to negotiation obviously it needs to fit around your work your clinical placement providers ability to support you so yes in a nutshell you can be relatively flexible and lucky last Bianca has asked I have already applied but not sure if the listed documents needed were all covered in my application will the email being sent later have the information in there so I can afford all the required documents yeah could you send that out Carly just add that list on that's on the slide what again the email to send back to that will be great and then we'll get into those yeah absolutely and everyone will receive um a copy of this uh presentation as well so that's great yeah um Carly can I pop in and there was just one on the chat of somebody asking how many places were offered legend Rachel thank you um and oh you've just done my job how many will be accepted to the course if we have a placement already accepted well we're accredited by and mac which is the overarching credit accrediting body that Bridget was talking about earlier on to take up to 50 students per intake um but as I say how they are distributed depend on where we can support students clinically but we can take up to 50 into the course each time

wonderful great thank you everyone thank you so much for your time I hope it's been useful and as I said earlier on, please don't hesitate to reach out to us if you have any queries um or give us a call and we're happy to chat with you about placement options um yes I know that will be questions that will spring to mind after this session so yes please, please get in touch