Western Health is seeking registrations of interest from public rural services to engage in the Maternity Connect Program. This program supports public rural health services to identify key priorities for their maternity service workforce and assist the development of an integrated training and professional development pathway for their maternity teams.
The Maternity Connect Program (MCP) is available to support Rural Maternity Services in the effective and innovative use of their maternity staff to meet their maternity population care needs. Western Health is operating the program on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services. The MCP is funded until December 2017, however, this can change and is contingent on the demand for the program and its outcomes. This program focuses on supporting midwives and nurses working in maternity services to develop and maintain their skills and competence.
The MCP is assisting health service managers to identify and forward plan learning and development opportunities for their midwives.
The learning and development opportunities offered through the MCP are aligned with established clinical referral pathways and are strengthening existing clinical networks and collaboration of maternity service providers within a region. Midwives must hold a current AHPRA registration and have actively participated in maternity clinical service delivery in the last 6-12 months.
The program is helping to ensure the maternity team maintains the skills, knowledge and confidence needed to manage cases in line with their maternity service's capability level.
Foreword planning will allow the placements to occur at a time that suits both the local service and their midwives.
Health service managers are able to select from a range of experiences depending on the need of the health service and the midwife going through the program. For example, experiences and learning's may include birthing, caesarean section, new models of maternity or antenatal care.
Maternity Connect are able to provide assistance to assess and prioritise the learning need for a specific service, negotiate a relevant placement for a midwife, define the learning objectives and evaluate the impact of the placement on the rural midwifery team. Western Health have developed the necessary Human Resources agreements.
Funding is available for:
a) clinical support from the clinical partner (hosting health service);
b) travel and/or accommodation and
c) cover for work usually undertaken by the midwife.
The success of the program will be dependent on the commitment of health services and midwives to their professional development and the willingness of clinical partners in the region to make it happen.
MCP Application Process
If you would like to register your interest for this wonderful opportunity, please fill out the following form and return it by: email: [email protected] or Fax: 03 8395 8260
MCP Expression of Interest
Sue SweeneyMCP Project ManagerTel: 03 8395 8158Mob: 0402 963 671Email: [email protected]Email: [email protected]
Lil PowellMCP Admin SupportTel: 03 8395 8153Email: [email protected]
Project Sponsors: Michelle NoronhaA/ Director Education & Learning
Suellen Bruce Executive Director People, Culture & Communication