As a new member of the Waitemata DHB midwifery team your orientation will be tailored to your individual needs to meet both Waitemata DHB and Midwifery Council requirements. We have a supportive education team comprising two midwife educators and two clinical coaches, along with input from the senior midwifery team.
We have a variety of education days scheduled over the year to ensure that your continuing education needs are met. All midwives must attend the annual midwives' study day that covers essential areas of training including adult and neonatal resuscitation, fire training and infection control. All midwives must also attend compulsory breastfeeding education. Other education days are designed around clinical skills such as cannulation, suturing and other aspects of maternity care such as waterbirth, fetal wellbeing and sexual health.
Waitemata DHB's education fund is $1000 pro-rata, based on your weekly hours of work. It is available yearly from 1 July to 30 June and can be used for midwifery education and membership of the New Zealand Midwifery professional body.
The QLP is a nationally agreed professional development process for employed midwives. It provides an opportunity for midwives to develop leadership skills and achieve financial recognition for the additional contribution this involves. A Confident Midwife is eligible for an additional $2500 pro-rata per annum, while a Leadership Midwife is eligible for an additional $4000 pro-rata per annum.
Waitemata DHB welcomes midwifery students. We are able to offer a range of clinical experience. Our community midwives are able to offer primary care and caseloading experience and our core midwives are happy to support students to understand the practice of midwifery in a secondary care setting. Waitemata DHB midwives will work with you and your midwifery tutor to ensure that your learning needs are met.
In addition to our local New Zealand-based students, we also offer elective placements to international students so that they can experience the New Zealand maternity system.
For more information about midwifery electives at Waitemata DHB contact Emma Farmer, Associate Director of Midwifery.