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Evaluating the long-term effectiveness of the Maternity Emergency Care course in remote Australia

Belton, Suzanne, Campbell, Marcel, Foxley Sally, Hamerton, Bev, Gladman, Justin, McGrath, Sally, Piller, Neil, Saunders, Nathan and Vaughan, Frances (2010). Evaluating the long-term effectiveness of the Maternity Emergency Care course in remote Australia. Women and Birth,23(2):60-66.

Document type: Journal Article

IRMA ID 78670100xPUB11
Title Evaluating the long-term effectiveness of the Maternity Emergency Care course in remote Australia
Author Belton, Suzanne
Campbell, Marcel
Foxley Sally
Hamerton, Bev
Gladman, Justin
McGrath, Sally
Piller, Neil
Saunders, Nathan
Vaughan, Frances
Journal Name Women and Birth
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 23
Issue Number 2
ISSN 1871-5192   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-77951623403
Start Page 60
End Page 66
Total Pages 7
Place of Publication Netherlands, Australia
Publisher Elsevier BV
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Background
The Council for Remote Area Nurses of Australia deliver the MEC course which is the only short-course on maternity emergencies offered to non-midwifery qualified remote area nurses and Aboriginal Health Workers. The aim of the course is to improve the maternity emergency skills and knowledge of health service providers who do not have midwifery qualifications. There has been no long-term evaluation of the course since its inception.
Research objective
To review the longer-term effectiveness of the maternity emergency care (MEC) course which was developed in consultation with the Australian College of Midwives (ACM) and rural and remote practitioners in 2003.
Participants and methods
Fifty-seven clinicians who completed the MEC course since 2003 responded to a survey. Seven remote area health managers and two course facilitators were interviewed.
Results
This study provides an evaluation of the experiences of non-midwives who manage maternity emergencies in the rural and remote setting; their perception of the skills, knowledge and confidence acquired through participation in the MEC program.
Conclusions
The MEC course is valued by both remote health managers and practitioners. The learning activities, skills and knowledge gained are reported to be very beneficial and used by remote health practitioners.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wombi.2009.08.004   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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