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Seeking Expressions of Interest: Student Member - Midwifery Education Advisory Committee (MEAC)

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Expressions of Interest are sought from the midwifery student community for an individual who is interested in becoming a member of the ACM Midwifery Education Advisory Committee (MEAC)

Role

The role of the Committee is to:

  • provide expert advice to the ACM via the ACM’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on matters relating to midwifery education;
  • provide expert advice and support to the CEO on methods to utilise national and international policies and developments in midwifery education, thus assisting with the ongoing development of midwifery education in Australia;
  • recommend ways in which the ACM can effectively contribute to the ongoing development of midwifery education in Australia;
  • undertake specified tasks or projects as requested by the CEO, such as drafting ACM policies on midwifery education, supporting ACM delegates when preparing for International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) meetings, responding to requests for information and advice relating to midwifery education, and other relevant projects;
  • represent the ACM, either as an individual or a group, when requested to do so by the CEO on matters of relevance to midwifery education;
  • liaise with various international midwifery education organisations on behalf of the ACM;
  • provide input to the CEO on the selection of experts representing the ACM on national/international committees;
  • liaise with other ACM committees through the Chair as matters arise; and
  • carry out this role in a culturally-safe manner, demonstrating respect and understanding of a wide variety of cultural beliefs and practices.

Appointment

As per the TOR the appointment is for a period of 3 years.

Note: To be eligible, student committee members must be in at least their 2nd year of a Bachelor of Midwifery program. Therefore, this appointment will include 2 years as a student committee member and an additional year as a registered midwife (standard committee member). 

Meetings

Members should be prepared to attend all scheduled teleconferences or web conferences for the Committee, with a minimum of 50% attendance per year to maintain Committee membership.  Further, members are expected to actively participate in all dialogue that occurs “out of session” pertaining to Committee business, which may on occasion require a quick response. This information will inform decisions related to continued membership of the committee.  

The first meeting of MEAC after this process will be on 14th August 2018 starting at 14:00 AEST.  New members will be expected to attend.  Previous minutes and other related documents will also be provided to bring you up to speed on any work ongoing or due for the committee prior to the meeting.

Positions available

There is one (1) student member position available.  The student is preferred to be at least in their 2nd year of study.

Selection Criteria

The MEAC is a skills-based committee with appointments made against the following criteria:

  1. be a current financial member of the ACM;
  2. be registered as a midwifery student with AHPRA.  Students must be in at least their 2nd year of a Bachelor of Midwifery program.
  3. have an interest, experience, or a capacity to represent midwives with regards to midwifery education (a student representative need only have an interest in this area but be willing to represent at a university level);  
  4. have a well-developed capacity to analyse research evidence and other sources of information relating to midwifery education;
  5. have access to an active email account; and
  6. be willing to donate time and expertise to the scheduled meetings and activities undertaken by the committee, on behalf of the ACM and as outlined in the Committee’s TOR.  

Expectations

  • Attend Webinar meetings on Zoom when able (at least 50% of meetings, which are held every 3 months) 
  • Regularly check email correspondence and promptly respond to requests, even if this is to say "I'm sorry I can't contribute!" 
  • Dedicate approximately 1-2 hours per week to the committee 
  • Contribute, when able, to committee work which may include providing opinions on courses or web pages, commenting on documents, contributing to submissions, writing for the Australian Midwifery News, etc  


Why should you consider joining MEAC?

  • You would receive a letter of acknowledgement of your appointment to the ACM Midwifery Education advisor Committee which can be used in your professional portfolio.
  • You could add this role to your CV (looks good when going for a job!)
  • You can log all hours that you undertake attending meetings or addressing work for the MEAC in your professional portfolio as CPD hours (gets you prepared for tracking your CPD once you have Registered).
  • You will have access to resources and engagement with fellow health professionals with expertise in this field of midwifery education and you can help guide developments and change in this space. 
  • You will gain experience in working on a Committee and there may be opportunities to represent the ACM at local events
  • You will build up your personal/professional network by working with your midwifery peers.

For further information or a copy of the Terms of Reference:

Please contact Kirsty Andermahr by email education@midwives.org.au or phone (08) 7129 4431

Please submit your EOI addressing the above criteria and also provide a short CV to education@midwives.org.au.  

Applications Closed: 25th June 2018

Names and profiles of members will be communicated to ACM members via e-bulletin, website and social media. This is to ensure transparency of governance and inform members of ACM activity.