During the break between semesters the midwifery teaching team (pictured below) came together in Melbourne for two full days of planning. We used this time efficiently to review all units from semester one, develop changes as necessary and to plan the roll out of the final semester of the 2013-2017 curriculum. Some of the activities included:
Strengthening the community engagement (CE) component of the ‘Continuity of Care Experience’ (CCE) which students undertake in their course
Remodelling of laboratory sessions to create a simulated ward environment with an expectation that students would carry out checking equipment in small teams on arrival
Development of a plan for moderation practices for midwifery including using Adobe connect to meet and moderate assessment (pre and post)
Development of a Teaching Development Grant application for production of videos for midwifery skills, specific for the Australian context
Re-sequencing of four units within the Bachelor of Midwifery to improve the flow of content, focusing on normal pregnancy, labour and birth and progressing to complexities of care. These proposed changes will also benefit the course plan for Graduate Entry students.
We would like to express our thanks to Professor Mary Courtney for funding these two days and for her ongoing support of the midwifery team. As a consequence of these two days we have completed course changes to sequencing of units and were successful with the Teaching Development grant. Links to the video’s developed will be circulated once the project has been completed.
“Microbirth” Charity Event
A world-wide premiere of a new documentary called “Microbirth” took place on Saturday 20 September in the Mercy Lecture Theatre, St Patrick’s campus. The film explores the influence that mode of birth and early feeding have on the human microbiome, and the microbial changes and potential long-term health consequences that can occur when the evolutionary microbiome is disrupted. The screening attracted about 60 students, staff and friends of the Bachelor of Midwifery who all found the film to be thought provoking and very relevant to the course and work that we do with childbearing women. The event raised $625 which will be donated to the BM’s Community Engagement partners. $425 will go to one of the midwives from Santo Vanuatu who is attending the South Pacific Nurses Forum, to help with accommodation/transport and $200 will be used to purchase necessary supplies (e.g. mosquito nets) for the Baro Pite Clinic in Dili – a student group is going there in November. The organisers wish to express their heartfelt thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of this event.
On September 20 Marc Colbeck, a paramedic lecturer in Ballarat, represented ACU at the 2014 Student Paramedics Australasia (SPA) conference as an invited speaker. His talk on Critical Incident Stress in paramedics was well received and resulted in invitations to speak at several local SPA workshops around the state, and to contribute an article to the Journal of Emergency Medical Services – the largest paramedic magazine in the world. He also shared the stage with several notable leaders in paramedicine as part of the afternoons expert panel on The Future of Paramedicine. Marc is a critical care paramedic with an MA in Counselling Psychology. He has previous experience as a stress counsellor for emergency services personnel.