Since 1990 the educational preparation of midwives has recognised their autonomous role and since 1992 pre-registration midwifery education has been through a three-year Bachelor of Midwifery programme. Development of these midwifery curricula was collaborative between the consumers, the profession (represented by the New Zealand College of Midwives) and the educational institutions.
There are four pre-registration midwifery programmes in New Zealand. These are offered by Otago Polytechnic in Dunedin, Ara in Christchurch, Waikato Institution of Technology in Hamilton and Auckland University of Technology (AUT) in Auckland. Several schools have satellite programmes such as Otago with a programme in Invercargill and AUT with student cohorts in various sites in the upper North Island.
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