Types of midwifery education in New Zealand
In New Zealand there are several types of midwifery education:
Pre-registration midwifery education
Pre-registration midwifery education programmes are four-year Bachelor degree programmes completed over an extended three-year programme, three trimesters per year (as opposed to the more traditional university 32 weeks). They are designed to prepare students for registration as a midwife in New Zealand. All students whether full time or part time must complete the programme within four years of commencement.
The Midwifery Council has set standards for approval of pre-registration midwifery education programmes and accreditation of tertiary education organisations, with processes for approval, accreditation, on-going monitoring and audit. The standards replace those published in 2007 and came into effect on 1st November 2015. All programmes of education must comply with the revised standards by 1st January 2017.
Links to the midwifery schools can be found here:
Otago Polytechnic (satellites available in Whanganui, Palmerston North, the greater Wellington region, Dunedin, Southland and Central Otago)
Continuing midwifery education
This is for registered midwives who wish to gain further qualifications such as a Masters degree in midwifery or a doctorate.
All midwives must demonstrate a commitment to participate in ongoing professional development. For some midwives, professional development will include the desire to gain further academic qualifications to complement their midwifery. Examples of these may be enrolment in a postgraduate diploma or certificate leading to a Masters degree in midwifery or health science, a PhD or a doctorate in health science.
Health Workforce New Zealand encourages midwives to participate in postgraduate education by providing financial grants to subsidise the cost of enrolment fees and travel expenses. The grants are administered through the NZ College of Midwives.
Postgraduate education directly related to midwifery is offered at the following tertiary institutions:
These are short courses and workshops to keep midwives up to date with clinical skills or aspects of midwifery practice. These courses provide evidence of competence within the Recertification Programme.
Internationally qualified midwives programme
The Competence programme is for internationally qualified midwives seeking registration in New Zealand. These courses are approved by the Midwifery Council and comprise:
- New Zealand Maternity and Midwifery Systems
- Prescribing and Pharmacology
- Treaty of Waitangi
- Cultural Competence
- Examination of the Newborn
Return to practice programmes
The Return to practice programmes are for midwives who have been out of practice for three or more years and wish to re-join the workforce.