Monday, 01 July 2019
Charles Darwin University
Associate Professor Sadie Geraghty, Senior Lecturer Angela Bull and Lecturer Mpho Dube
Associate Professor Sadie Geraghty, Senior Lecturer Angela Bull and Lecturer Mpho Dube

Australia and Bali share midwifery knowledge

Symbiotic midwifery practice and learning will be the focus of CDU’s joint Australian-Balinese Midwifery research project.

The study aims to identify ways to improve shared learning between students from resource-advantaged and resource-constrained countries.

The research team, led by CDU Lecturer Mpho Dube includes Senior Lecturer Angela Bull and Associate Professor Sadie Geraghty. The team will explore the shared learning experiences of midwifery students and educators during a two-week clinical placement.

In a departure from past study tours, students will be hands-on, not merely observing Balinese midwifery practice.

Students will work with their Balinese counterparts at five local health facilities.

Mrs Dube said she believed that sharing midwifery knowledge and practice between countries has the potential to improve global standards of midwifery care, and maternal and neonatal outcomes.

Second year Bachelor of Midwifery student, Rachael Baldwin is one of 12 students participating in the clinical tour.

“I feel really privileged to be offered the opportunity to travel to Bali with CDU,” Rachel said. “I'm excited to consolidate what I have learnt by experiencing life as a student midwife first hand.”

At the end of the placement, Australian and Balinese students and educators will participate in focus groups aimed at measuring the learning and level of integration achieved. The findings will be published later in 2019.

“The experience will be very different for our students,” Dr Geraghty said.

“Hopefully we can learn as much from the Balinese as they learn from us.”