Welcome to the New Zealand College of Midwives educational website.
The College has remained a central player in the development of midwifery education. It has actively promoted and facilitated collaboration between midwives, educators, women and the profession through a number of mechanisms (Guilliland & Pairman, 2010).
Accessibility to quality education which meets the needs of the learner and the profession is paramount to the College. Quality educational opportunities at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels will strengthen and grow the student midwife, the individual midwife and the profession as a whole. Therefore, evolution of all educational opportunities for its members is an important strategic goal for the College.
1999 NZCOM Education Framework: Looking back over the past 10 years
In November 1999 the College published an Education Framework (Pairman, 2000) which provided not only a framework but also guidelines for midwifery education at both pre-registration and post-registration levels. When the framework was developed, it was acknowledged that it would need to change and evolve as changes in midwifery education occurred. The 1999 Framework has stood the test of time and has been and remains the backbone framework of midwifery education today. It is an extremely important document as it provides not only a historical perspective on the stages of its development but highlights the journey of education in midwifery since 1990. It also explores the consultation processes which started in 1991 and continued over many years when it was ratified by the College in 1999 and was formally adopted by the NZCOM.
At the Colleges Annual Education forum hosted in August 2009, postgraduate educational opportunities for midwives were discussed and therefore it was logical that the 1999 education framework was reviewed – this occurred in 2011. Key assumptions which underpinned the 1999 Framework were taken into consideration in the review of the Educational Framework whilst also exploring changes for the profession over the past 10 years click here to read more. During this review the College devised a Continuing Education Strategy for its members for 2013-2015