Cherisse Buzzacott, Midwife, ACM Project Officer Birthing on Country inspiring learning

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Pic by Catherine Maughan
Photo by Catherine Maughan

On Monday 1st April, as part of her advocacy and leadership Cherisse presented to students from the Preparation for Tertiary Success (PTS) Course.

The PTS Course runs through Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. Students come from all over Australia to study on campus in Alice Springs.  

Cherisse spoke about her journey with education and employment, her successes and failures of study as well as talking about the importance of support of family and friends.

Student were also excited to learn about the Birthing on Country project and her work as a midwife and experiences working in Alice Springs and in Melbourne.

Cherisse noted that “there was a lot of reflection around being an Aboriginal person and the challenges of study with family, cultural obligations and the external challenges of racism and inequality”

Bachelor Institute uses a Both-Ways learning model, using Indigenous culture and Western techniques to provide culturally safe learning structure for students

You can read more about the ACM Birthing on Country project here:


Additional information:

The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is the peak professional body for midwives in Australia who are registered with, and regulated by, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). The ACM’s position is that women be attended during pregnancy, birth and postnatally by a midwife who is registered with the NMBA.