Data Collection and Analysis in Midwifery Research

Get started on your path of improving maternity outcomes through health research and design.

This 10-hour online program is designed for midwives and maternal and child health nurses who are keen to explore research in a midwifery context. Through this course you will develop an understanding of the key features of data collection methods and data analysis used in qualitative and quantitative research. You will learn to apply the appropriate research design and methods to specific clinical and social issues related to maternity care and practice. You will gain an understanding of some of the key ethical considerations to ensure that research is safe, respectful and high quality.

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Location Online
Date/s Open for enrolments at anytime
Duration 12 weeks from time of registration (earliest commencement is August 2021)
Prerequisites/s Current registration with Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) as a Health Professional.
Certification Certificate of Attendance for 10 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Fee/s $380.00 + GST

Drawing on La Trobe’s rich research expertise, this short course is targeted at midwives and maternal and child health nurses and who would like to gain increased understanding of research and evidence.

During this 10-hour course, you will cover the foundations of evidence-based research and the principles of data collection that underpin evidence based practice. You will be able to justify the choice of different research designs and data collection methods and critically appraise levels of evidence and how this impacts the relevance of research surrounding a clinical question.

Course content

Introduction to Evidence Based research

  • Gain an understanding of the key principles of evidence-based practice
  • Gain an understanding of different research designs including qualitative and quantitative research designs
  • Gain an understanding of critical appraisal including common appraisal techniques

Data Collection Methods

  • Gain an understanding of the steps involved with developing a research proposal
  • Gain an understanding of the key principles of qualitative and quantitative data analysis
  • Consider the ethical issues inherent in midwifery research

Extra requirements

  1. Broadband internet access and an active email address that can be accessed at home during study periods.
  2. Students must have basic computer literacy skills (e.g. Word or other word processing software).

Further information


T: 1300 135 045


This program is subject to minimum enrolment numbers. A refund will be provided if the program is cancelled.