Education a priority at Mater

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Celebrating 10 years of education at Mater

Since it was established a decade ago, the Mater Education Centre has been meeting the ongoing education, training and professional development needs of all Mater Health Services staff.

The centre provides a centralised point of focus and coordination for organisational learning and clinical education. It’s integrated and collaborative approach is acknowledged as the national benchmark in the provision of education, training and learning services to health care professionals.

The Mater Education Centre supports Mater’s corporate goals of integrating core values, strategic positioning and enhancing organisational performance, clinical care and innovation through learning and development.

Currently, the centre provides over 250 education modules, from mandatory education through to jointly delivered post graduate tertiary qualifications in clinical nursing.

To celebrate its 10 year anniversary, in September the Mater Education Centre staged a travelling clinician’s expo through the Mater campus, showcasing the Centre’s significant accomplishments in its decade of operation and highlighting the body of educational opportunities it offers.

The expo event was an opportunity for the Mater Education Centre to recognise the valuable contribution of clinical staff through the provision of free espresso coffee and provide an opportunity for educators to meet face to face with clinicians in a relaxed atmosphere.

More than 2,000 staff visited the expo during its week-long program of activities.

Midwifery education on target

One of the Mater Education Centre’s most successful education programs for 2008 has been its Midwifery Practice Consolidation program.

This 12 month training program is designed for newly graduated midwives or midwives who have been out of practice for less than five years and wish to return to the field.

In 2008, 18 midwives enrolled in the program. While some of the enrolments were Mater graduate midwives, a large percentage of the student intake was newly graduated midwives applying from other hospitals because they could not access a program like it in their own workplaces. In 2009 the program will accept an intake of 30 students.

One of the key advantages training delivered by the program is that it ensures newly graduated midwives have consolidated their practice in all areas of midwifery and are able to work throughout the hospital, wherever demand may be. The program also helps to bring midwives who had been out of practice for a short while back into the profession.

Mater nurses obtain tertiary postgraduate qualifications

In 2008 the Mater Education Centre delivered joint tertiary qualifications to nine Mater Private Hospital staff through an Australian Catholic University Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing in the specialty areas of Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, while another 10 Mater Private Hospital staff are undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Clinical Nursing—Oncology.

In 2008 the Mater Education Centre also successfully developed and implemented three Enrolled Nurse Specialty Programs in both Maternity and Neonatal areas of the Mater Mothers’ Hospitals. There have been numerous requests for the program from other hospitals and the three programs were presented at the Women’s Hospitals Australasia Conference in November.

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    Mater Education 1Mater Adult Hospital Registered Nurses Lauren Burnett and Brownyn Murray at the 10 year celebratory A Mater Midwife with baby Reilly

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