What do midwives need to meet their professional development learning needs?

Midwives need to meet a myriad of CPD requirements set down by legislation, their employers, and the profession. They are expected to be life-long learners, be evidence-based, and able to meet women's expectations. So what do they need to be able to meet these requirements?


  1. Hi Sarah Stewart :D Rural midwives would benefit from cheap webinars. The added cost of travel by car and plane makes workshops/seminars/lectures very expensive and often unaffordable.
  2. Good internet connection ;)
  3. PD opportunities need to be more accessible with more variety. As a part time midwife in a rural location I often opt for "free choices" for financial reasons rather than PD needs.
  4. usually what is lacking (possibly a sad feature of a women dominated profession?) is a genuine infrastructure to support PD. Like anything, to be sustainable - it can't be done on the cheap. Build a sustainable infrastructure/foundation to support and enable development first and then see what happens.
  5. Sarah - I probably have a slightly different perspective. I began my career in the UK where the CPD portfolio is just part of your working life. I also don't get the current drama around CPD in Australia. Surely every midwife is doing at least 20 hours of learning per year about the job they are doing??? If not, and you are that disinterested in your job - change jobs - women deserve better. In addition the ACM has created the illusion that learning must be regulated and 'approved' by them. Not true. You can read a journal article and discuss your thoughts with a colleague = points. You don't need to pay big bucks to attend approved workshops. It is a total farce. All I need to meet my CPD requirements is an enquiring mind, the desire to grow and improve and some means of documenting what I do along the way. However, I'm sure the answers you will get will be 'time', 'money', 'support from management' etc. I was involved in some research about CPD a few years ago and this was the response. I look forward to your findings :)
  6. Professional support from the organization you are working for.
  7. as requested - HI Sarah, thanks for the invitation. What I need to meet my PD requirements is an interesting range of workshops to choose from, and the flexible work time to attend. I am happy to attend in my own unpaid time also, but it ...is nice to be supported to attend 1-2 days /year. I am finding that I attend around 4-8 sessions (outside of work) per year (not incl annual competencies) and our organisation offers monthly PD sessions of 2-6 hrs duration. This may be in the consumer sector (Birthrites/NCAD), travelling roadshows e.g. Birth International, Homebirth Australia, Or online - your excellent VDIM. This next year I am looking to develop a workshop myself, based on the inner-reflective aspects of midwifery, using art and journalling. Naturally this would allow me to count the development time as CPD as well Perhaps this workshop development will have to wait while I study for my GCMid to support my new eligibility endorsement! 2013 then! I am interested in topics that allow me to keep a finger on the pulse of elements that I don't necessarily meet in everyday work (e.g. breech), although working in a full community/homebirth caseload model that can be a tall order! Even though one may groan about topics from an area, I will always find something of benefit, and new in each one, and it opens the discussion and I am keen to share with colleagues back at my workplace. Ooh - I have just re-read the request and you wanted a sentence - sorry!!!! love Laura x
  8. i think Jodie Rofe raises an important issue re "autonomy vs prescribed" PD. This is worth thinking about. Do we have individually defined needs and are we competent and professional enough to determine this - or is a mass prescription the way to go? Pedogogy? Opinion?
  9. It was more of a question than a statement. I don't have a firm idea about the best formula - other than that the infrastructure needs to be solidly in place rather than an after-thought. Perhaps a prescription fits some - but those with in...itiative and ambition need more flexibility? Opting out of the prescription would enable further development for those who have a plan (which could be subject to approval if necessary?). There is probably a balance between meeting minimum requirements and supporting progress. I think we need to be careful we don't clutter up the potential with minimum requirements. I think we also need to ask why we would do that?
  10. Thanks Rae. I would like to see more research on this whole topic...how does CPD (compulsory and non-compulsory) impact on clinical outcomes?
  11. Thats always been my question sarah......how does all this CPD impact on midwives work/life balance and what do we gain clinically from it. yay.....go you...keep asking.