Partnerships in Nursing and Midwifery

The School of Nursing and Midwifery's teaching and research partnerships are transforming practice

Through partnerships, the School of Nursing and Midwifery is creating educational programs and driving collaborative research that meet the needs of our communities.

The School’s unique clinical school model immerses students in practice-based education that delivers outstanding employment outcomes.

And, contemporary research programs undertaken with health care partners is delivering research outcomes that help to improve health and wellbeing across communities and the lifespan.

Find out more about some of our partnerships.

Safe practice

Our clinical school partnership with the Royal Melbourne Hospital has been essential in keeping our nursing students safe during their clinical placements.  

Staff at the Royal Melbourne Hospital have provided mask fit-testing to our students, which is vital for maximum protection during the COVID-19 pandemic. And, they have also helped us to develop our own fit testing service by providing advice and guidance.

“It’s important that our future healthcare workers are safe, and we are pleased to provide this support to La Trobe students,” says Fiona Begg, Senior Safety Officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital.  

“Our students are flourishing with the fantastic support from the Royal Melbourne Hospital staff during these extraordinary times,” says Associate Professor Karen Lawrence, Associate Dean (Learning and Teaching) (pictured above).

Global education

Associate Professor Michelle Newton is leading the design and development of our Bachelor of Midwifery (Post Registration) in Mauritius.  

“Improving midwifery expertise through qualifications and leadership opportunities leads to better maternal and child health outcomes,” says Newton. “We’re working in partnership with Polytechnics Mauritius Ltd to develop a stronger midwifery workforce through a degree tailored to local needs.”  

Commencing in 2023, the course considers the previous education and experience of Mauritian midwives. It will enhance their knowledge and skills, enable entry to postgraduate studies and further career advancement.  

“We designed the course with a global focus on midwifery using a flexible, blended approach,” explains Newton. “I have been teaching midwifery for over 15 years. Sharing my passion for midwifery with students is enriching and rewarding. I am proud to be a part of a program that will contribute to midwifery education and leadership on a local and global level.”

Articulated pathway

The School of Nursing and Midwifery delivers an articulated pathway for enrolled nurses to qualify as a registered nurse, in partnership with Chisholm Institute.

Students who successfully complete Chisholm’s Diploma of Nursing and have registered as enrolled nurses with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, can undertake our Bachelor of Nursing (Enrolled Nurse) at Chisholm’s Frankston and Berwick campuses.

“Students say they appreciate a pathway that is close to home and work,” says Dr Joanne Joyce-McCoach, Academic Program Director (Chisholm).

Established in 2018, the degree has been very successful, with most graduates finding employment as a registered nurse.

“By supporting enrolled nurses to qualify as registered nurses, we can strengthen our local nursing workforce and help to address chronic staffing shortages.”

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