ACM working for Midwives Education - Q4 2018

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A look at the work that ACM has been doing for Midwives in the area of Education, during the fourth/final quarter of 2018.

The ACM Education Unit is focused on ensuring that the ACM provides Midwives with a variety of high quality continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities that facilitate development of skills to support their practice. The EU further engages with universities, hospitals, governments and regulators to influence midwifery standards (specifically those related to or impacting on midwives/midwifery student’s education leading to registration). But ‘what do we mean by education’ and ‘how does it apply to you or the profession’?
This report provides insight into the areas that the ACM Education Unit have been addressing across all areas of education related to midwifery in Australia.  The range of Midwifery Education topics are wide, but can essentially be categorized into FOUR areas.  

*Area 1 & 2 - ACM do not specifically provide the education for these areas.

In each of these areas, our unit (which consists of Kirsty and I and some amazing volunteers who assist in our Advisory Committees or adhoc working groups or activities) address everything that (we can) that comes up related to Education in the midwifery setting. The work we undertake is rather varied as it may cover consultations on Standards (as set by AHPRA and NMBA), development of education resources (such as webinars, online courses and written publications), assessment of education resources and activities or even responding to midwifery education or practice related enquiries.  

The Education Unit Advisory Committees are the Midwifery Education Advisory Committee (MEAC) and the Professional Development Committee (PDAC).  MEAC meets every quarter and addresses work requests primarily by email between meetings. PDAC is currently on hold pending recruitment of new members.

Q3 2018 Review

Ruth King was Acting CEO 29/10/2018  to 23/11/2018 and 17/12/2018 – 21/12/2018 in addition to her role as Midwifery Advisor Education Unit.  

Area 1 – Leading to Registration

  • With thanks to MEAC we have a representative on the review of the Australian Midwifery Standards Assessment Tool (AMSAT): A tool to assess midwifery competence.  You can read more about the process here.  This work is being led by Linda Sweet, Flinders University.
  • October – welcomed our first ever student member to MEAC.  Bec Jenkinson.  Read more about her appointment in our blog piece: Meet MEAC Student Representative: Bec Lloyd  
  • Late October – commenced preparation for the Midwifery Accreditation Standards (Education) that we anticipated would commence in early 2019.  With assistance from MEAC we developed a survey to ask people what they thought worked, needed changing or was missing from the current standards.
  • In early November – we started work with our Marketing and Communications team to prepare for O-weeks in 2019.  At O-week the ACM look to attend as many universities as possible, that have a midwifery course, to reach out and advise new and ongoing students about the ACM and the benefits of ACM membership.    
  • In November we received a request from a Taiwan university to assist with a student exchange.  We distributed the information to our university contacts for consideration.
  • We updated the resource page on our website For Women | Students working with women - COCE
  • 8th November – an ACM representative from MEAC attended the La Trobe Course Advisory Committee
  • Responded to enquiries related to individuals who wanted to become a midwife, directing them to university options and discussing the difference between the entry options.  
  • Posted content to the Closed Student Facebook page 
  • Shared the updated AHPRA English as a Second Language requirements.
  • December – shared a blog by Jo Giblin and Caitlin Hall, graduating Flinders University Bachelor of Midwifery (Direct Entry) students and ACM SA Branch Student Committee members, titled: Student Experiences Applying for Graduate Positions  

Trans-Tasman Partnership

  • Reviewed the outcomes from the Transform 2018 Education Symposium in Gold Coast 20-21 September 2018. 
  • Attended monthly meetings with the Trans-Tasman Consortium to review work/research being undertaken and start planning for the next Education Symposium (dates to be confirmed).
  • Endorsed the Consortiums Terms of Reference (TOR).

Coming up:

  • Midwifery Education Standards will soon be due for review.  We are preparing a survey and potentially a summit to address the changes that may be required after the practice standards are incorporated.  There will be information coming.  Keep an eye out of you are interested.

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Area 2 – Post Registration Career Advancement

Career Pathways for Midwives


  • Responded to questions/calls from individuals about insurance, midwives wanting to move into private practice or looking at endorsement and midwives interested in refresher pathways/options.
  • MEAC wrote articles for the Australian Midwifery News addressing quantitative & qualitative research.


  • We opened the Clinical Supervision for Nurses and Midwives Position Statement for public consultation.  This statement is being developed in partnership with the Australian College of Nursing and the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses. Due out in early 2019.

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Area 3 – Professional, Practice and Skills Development and Support of Registered Midwives

Locally - Your Branches ran the following events:

The Education Unit has undertaken the following:


  • 20th November we hosted the live webinar with Rebecca Mar Young, of Red Tent Health Centre addressing How to manage fear and anxiety during birth with Chinese medicine.   
  • Booked in presenters for 2019 schedule.
  • The December webinar on obesity and pregnancy had to be cancelled due to presenter availability.


  • October – met with Queensland health about developing their Domestic Violence content into an online resource with a national focus.  A quote was developed and submitted for their consideration.
  • Started to investigate ways that the Midwifery Initiated Oral health online course could be promoted to health departments (using the agreement with Victoria as a template).  Details of the launch can be found here.  You can access the course via our shop.  If you are a Victorian Midwife you might be able to get your course fees covered by Dental Health Services Victoria (DHSV), check out the link for more details. 
  • November – Our Antenatal Refresher online course came online!  You can find out more about the course here. Huge thanks to everyone involved in helping us to achieve this exciting milestone.
  • Continued work on the Labour and Birth and Postnatal Refresher online courses.


  • October – we had discussions with DK Law about how to increase midwives access to legal information.  In addition to the free legal services that they provide to members as part of ACM Membership benefits package, DK Law are working with us to write and record content related to legal issues pertinent to Midwives.  
  • As part of the LINMEN partnership we have promoted the CATSINaM Cultural Safety Training opportunities (November Melbourne)
  • We met with All 4 Maternity – a UK content provider who were at the Trans Tasman Midwifery Education Symposium in September to determine whether there is an opportunity to provide mutual access to content.
  • The PNG Buddy program commenced development.  This initiative is a joint collaboration between ACM, Rotary Morialta and the PNG Midwifery Society.  You can read more about the project here.  In October we had an EOI for someone to assist with the Curriculum development, this was awarded in November.  There was an EOI in late November looking for a Midwifery Facilitator and Midwives to be Buddies for the 1st workshop.  The EOI closed in December and we successfully recruited a Facilitator and Buddies for the 1st 2 workshops in 2019.  You can read our January media release about this here.

Refresher Program for Midwives

  • Started conversations with hospitals such as Northeast Health Wangaratta for partnering to deliver Refresher training for Midwives.  ACM provides the theory and the hospital the Clinical.  
  • A partnership between ACM & Mater Mothers Brisbane was finalized and Mater Mothers had their 1st intake in December 2018.
  • Read more about the program here.


  • Reviewed the NMBA revised Re-entry to Practice Standards.
  • Responded to calls about course access, webinars and bulk orders for online courses.  In addition responded to questions related to the transition of Student to Midwife to graduate status, students attending homebirths and the midwives role in undertaking a comprehensive health head to toe assessment.
  • Assisted the Marketing & Communications Unit to prepare for the development of new marketing materials.

CPD Recognition 

Content creation – blogs, AMN

  • Created posts to the ACM main Facebook page about ACM resources, Women & Birth articles and midwifery related topics.
  • October Ruth King edited and article by Julie Tucker (previous webinar presenter) titled ‘pelvic floor for our futures’ for the COTA magazine and subsequently started investigations into whether this magazine might be a source of CPD for midwives.

Coordinated guest posts to the Education Midwifery Musings.  They can be found on our Education Blog page and include blogs about:

  • Parkinson’s in Pregnancy: Understanding an unusual clinical scenario 
  • Yoga Blog for Midwives - Yoga styles unpacked 
  • Podiatry for Midwives 
  • Our Q3 2018 report - ACM working for Midwives Education 
  • How Reflexology can help you and your clients 
  • Discover more about the award winning, midwifery-led continence service at Lyell McEwin Hospital’s Women and Children’s Division 
  • To YouTube your yoga or not? That is the question 
  • 5 Yin Yoga Poses for Healing a Lower Backache 
  • Self Care for Midwives 

Midwifery Education Advisory Committee

  • We welcomed 2 new members to MEAC - Christine Bowles and Rakime Elmir 
  • We have our 1st ever student member of MEAC – Bec Lloyd
  • We made our Expressions of Interest for MEAC an open process – interested individuals can now ask to join at any time.   Full details here 
  • MEAC met at the National Conference and again via teleconference in November.  The focus of the meetings was the coming education standards and work relating to content being written for sharing with Midwives.

Member Recognition

  • Introduced you to ACM member who contribute their spare time on advisory committees, working groups or branches - Barb Dann.
  • We’d love to share your story if you volunteer your time for the ACM.  Email us at and we can send you the questions to complete so we can build a page to recognise your amazingness!  

Coming up:

  • 8-9th February 2019 – QLD Branch - ACM QLD State Conference 2019.  Link HERE. CLOSED
  • 21st February – WEBINAR – Supporting midwives experiencing workplace bullying and harassment. Link HERE. CLOSED
  • 22nd February 2019 – VIC Branch + Health Times - Optimising Fetal and Neonatal Wellbeing Conference 2019.  Link HERE. CLOSED
  • 27 March – NSW – Midwifery Mutterings 
  • 9 April – WA – Quiz Night 
  • 12 April – Tasmania – Hobart Workshop (details TBC)
  • 2-3 May – SA – State Conference.  Ruth King will be presenting about ACM.
  • 5 May IDM and Walk with Midwives (details coming soon)
  • 17-18 May 2019 – NSW Branch - ACM NSW State Conference 2019.  Register HERE
  • 28 June – WA – State Conference 
  • 26 July - - National – Annual Awards.  Melbourne
  • 17-19 September 2019 ACM National Conference 'Power & Passion'.  Details HERE

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Area 4 - Community Engagement

ACM Representation

  • Identified a representative for the review of the Pregnancy Care Guidelines specific to Syphilis – Tanya Capper 
  • Identified a Representative for the Victorian Maternity and Newborn Services User Guide – Jen Hocking
  • Identified a representative for the SCV Maternity & Newborn Clinical Network - Homebirth guidance working group – Jen Hocking
  • ACM Representative attended the LaTrobe Course Advisory Committee – Monica Carlon, MEAC member
  • ACM engaged the Child Digital Health Record work – Ruth King
  • As Acting CEO, Ruth King attended the following meetings in November: Early Career Nurse and Midwife Roundtable Working Group, NMDDP AG meeting & Gippsland Branch Strategic Planning workshop.

Consultations & Submissions 

  • The Education Unit and MEAC contributed to all submissions made by ACM.  ACM Submissions made in 2018 can be found here.
  • Dept. of Health - Pregnancy Care Guidelines Review - ACM Submission - November 2018
  • National Blood Authority Consultation - Patient Blood Management (PBM) Guidelines - ACM Submission - November 2018
  • National Strategic Approach to Maternity services (NSAMS) – November 2018
  • NRAS Consultation - ACM Submission - November 2018
  • Dept. of Health Consultation - Establishing a National Women's Health Strategy for 2020 to 2030 - ACM Submission - November 2018
  • Provided comment on the Safer Care Victoria Standards - December
  • 14th November – attended the Adelaide NSAMS Consultation
  • November we signed up to the #KidsOff Nauru initiative and also ensured that the joint statement being led by the ACMHN correctly identified Nurses and Midwives 


  • We continue to be a member of LINMEN – Leaders in Indigenous Nursing & Midwifery Education Network and promote initaitives, training and communications we reveive.
  • We joined the End RHD movement
  • We continue to partner with CATSINaM (Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives).
  • We have been assisting Cherisse Buzzacot in the planning stages for the Birthing on Country online course.  You can read more about our Birthing on Country project here 
  • Kirsty (our Education Officer) continues to be joint lead for the ACM Reconciliation Action Plan, helping to draw up a schedule for the consultation and planned release. The RAP was open for public consultation in October & November.  You can read more about our RAP here.
  • We worked with the Centre for perinatal mental health on their fact sheets and promotion of the Midwifery specifics pages/resources. 
  • October - Shared the Deeble Issues Brief #28: reducing harms related to alcohol use in pregnancy: policy and practice recommendations 
  • 4th October – ACM wrote to all Ministers asking them to vote for mandatory pregnancy warning labelling on all alcoholic products.
  • October: The ACM joined an open letter to Hon Bridget McKenzie, Chair on the Forum on Food Regulation urging for mandatory pregnancy warning labels to be implemented. 
  • The letter, with 31 signatories, was cc’d to all Forum Ministers and Australia Federal Cabinet Ministers. 275 individuals also wrote letters with the campaign. A copy of the letter is available here.  On 11th October the Forum agreed that, based on the evidence, a mandatory labelling standard for pregnancy warning labels on packaged alcoholic beverages should be developed and should include a pictogram and relevant warning statement. The Forum requested Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) develop this mandatory labelling standard as a priority and that the work be completed expeditiously.  This work was led by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education (FARE) with whom the ACM have a partnership to deliver the Women Want to Know; Pregnancy & alcohol online learning course.


We started the process to identify a new Education Unit Administrator to help us achieve more.

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