Entry Midwifery Program Proves Popular
University of South Australia
next year, UniSA is to offer a three-year direct entry Bachelor of
Midwifery degree, and is the first university in Australia to be
accredited by a Nurses Registration Board to do so.
The new program will for the first time
allow people without nursing qualifications to become registered as
midwives, and interest from potential students has been huge,
according to Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, Heather Hancock.
"We have several hundred people
from all over Australia who want to apply already, " said
Hancock. "People are excited about being able to study
midwifery without having to study nursing first."
Hancock said the program would
ultimately address a gap in the number of midwives being educated and
the amount of positions available. "There's a shortage of
midwives in Australia and overseas," she said.
"We will now have midwives exiting and being able to practice
after three years of study instead of four or more."
The new program comes after years of
planning and hard work by a small team from the School of Nursing and
Midwifery including Hancock, Ann Henderson, Beth Grinter, Trudy
Wrights and Jan Pincombe. "We can feel justly proud that we
have achieved something momentous, " Hancock said.
"Other institutions will follow, but we're delighted to be
leading the way."
For more information about the Bachelor
of Midwifery, phone the School of Nursing and Midwifery at City East
Campus on 8302 or email firstname.lastname@example.org