This midwifery course is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who want to become registered midwives.
As with the Bachelor of Midwifery, this course prepares Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to work as entry-level midwives in any maternity setting – focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families.
Students will enrol in this midwifery course in an ‘away-from-base’ capacity. The ‘away-from-base’ mode enables students to live and work in their local community while studying and attending four residentials of one week each in Brisbane throughout the year. The students will also engage with a minimum of ten women to follow their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care journey called their Continuity of Care Experiences (CCE). This experience involves the student recruiting the woman in early pregnancy and attending appointments throughout. If possible, the student attends the labour and birth and follows the woman after discharge home up to six weeks following birth.
The Bachelor of Midwifery (Indigenous) degree will teach you how to:
manage normal pregnancy and childbirth
provide effective postnatal, maternal and newborn care
provide safe and reliable care that meets the individual psychological, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of mothers
promote positive health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children in rural and remote locations.