UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY

WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health

DIRECTORS

Michele Rumsey
Fiona Brooks

STAFF

Amanda Neill
Jodi Thiessen
Melanie Anderson

TERMS OF REFERENCE

Facilitating networking, collaboration and communication among Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers in South Pacific as well as for the Global Network of WHO CC for Nursing and Midwifery Development. comes by building capacity for innovative policy development and enhancement of quality of health care.

Capacity building to strengthen health systems and human resources for health to respond to priority health challenges.

Contributing to strengthening health workforce regulation and education toward improving quality of services.

Strengthening the capacity of the maternal health workforce through improved midwifery education and practice to improve maternal and child health services.

This institution is a member of the
WHOCC MIDWIFERY NETWORK

MIDWIFERY NETWORK WORK PLAN 2016 - 2020

A Reproductive Health Training Unit was established as a unique public-private partnership in PNG between the National Department of Health PNG, DFAT, and Oil Search Health Foundation. WHO CC UTS conducted monitoring and evaluation of the RHTU to make transparent its strengths and weaknesses and ensure ongoing effectiveness. M&E was conducted 2013 to 2016 with publications from this work continuing through 2018. This process started with an initial monitoring and evaluation workshop and interviews with the RHTU partnership and other stakeholders such as provincial partners and National Department of Health. 


Three annual reports have been developed through interview and consultation with the partners of the RHTU, provincial stakeholders and participants. In 2017 a Knowledge, Attitude and Practice survey was analysed and published in the Pacific Journal for Reproductive Health (link).


In 2018 an article titled: Qualitative evaluation of a public–private partnership for reproductive health training in Papua New Guinea was accepted for publication in Rural and Remote Health Journal. The final report is available on the DFAT website.

To strengthen midwifery education and reduce the incidence of maternal and newborn mortality in Cambodia by 2020, the WHO CC UTS has collaborated with the UNFPA Cambodia, Cambodian University of Health Sciences (UHS) and its Technical school of Medical Care (TSMC) to provide technical support to Cambodian midwives. This work was led by Professor Caroline Homer with Ms Rachel Smith as the key technical advisor and project manager developing and delivering the education program. 

One key component of this work is to upgrade the qualifications of Cambodian midwifery educators to a Bachelor of Science in Midwifery through a Ministry of Health approved Bridging Curriculum. A Team Teaching Workshop (opened on 23 March 2018) was also implemented to provide additional support and capacity building for national educators. The first sessions of the Midwifery Bridging Curriculum began in March, with fifty-two female midwives from urban and rural areas across Cambodia attending a series of lectures and workshops as part of the Bridging Curriculum. Rachel Smith led the teaching and the review of the midwifery curriculum. 

Whilst in Phnom Penh, the UTS team met with key stakeholders from UNFPA. Two further in-country visits were undertaken by the UTS Team to work with national educators from TSMC to deliver nine subjects of the Midwifery Bridging Curriculum. Visits by members of the UTS Team (Ms Rachel Smith, Prof. Caroline Homer, Prof. Joanne Gray, Ms Vanessa Scarf, Dr Christine Catling, Ms Nicki Watts and Ms Amanda Neill) were undertaken in March and June 2018, with a final visit and workshops in September 2018.

WHO Collaboration Center representatives, including the WHO CC UTS member Christine Catling, evaluated the Antenatal Care Guidelines for the AFRO Region. These were reviewed in line with being technically correct, evidence based, aligning with WHO recommendations, ICM essential competencies for midwifery practice, the QMNC framework in the Lancet Series on Midwifery, reflect WHO QoC, including evidence of RMC and aligning with WHO recommendation for the prevention and treatment of maternal peripartum infections.

WHO CC UTS midwifery team member Deb Fox met with WHOHQ staff Fran McConville and WHO Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Elizabeth Iro, at WHO Headquarters in Geneva to discuss current state of midwifery report, midwifery research and education issues, and future opportunities for UTS graduates to apply for internships at WHO in Geneva. We hope to continue to develop opportunities for our staff and graduates to engage with this vital international work. We hope to continue to develop opportunities for our staff and graduates to engage with this vital international work.

A University of Technology Sydney Bachelor of Midwifery student, Chelsea Booth [photo attached], is preparing to undertake an internship at the WHO CC at UTS. During her internship, she will contribute to the collation of data collected from projects throughout the Asia-Pacific region in preparation for publication. In 2018 Chelsea completed the Bachelor of Midwifery and received the annual Australian College of Midwives ‘Midwifery Student of the Year’ award. In 2019 she will complete the remainder of the Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation (BCII). The BCII is a cross-disciplinary degree where students from a range of faculties from across the university learn to work collaboratively to tackle society’s big issues. Chelsea believes this type of learning will be invaluable in her future in the women’s health sector, and will best position her to create lasting and systemic change in her field.

BY March 31st 2019 – For the Newsletter: A short news item about your recent/current WHO midwifery activities ( max 300 words). Plus weblinks for these projects and a photo if possible.

In July 2018, Professor Caroline Homer and Dr Deborah Fox from the University of Technology Sydney, attended the 12th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery in Cairns, Australia. They also attended the Midwifery Network meeting that preceded the conference, at which midwives from all WHO regions joined in discussions and workshop activities around priorities for midwifery education around the globe (photos labelled ‘WHO CC Cairns 1-4’ attached).

The week following the conference, UTS was proud to host WHO Chief Technical Officer for Midwifery, Fran McConville and Professor Lorena Binfa from Brazil, for a meeting and informal lunch with the UTS midwifery team in Sydney. We were delighted to meet Lorena and to hear Fran present on her current work leading up to the important midwifery focus at the World Health Assembly 2019 (photo attached). UTS Lecturer in Midwifery, Ms Rachel Smith, also presented on the midwifery education project she led in Cambodia in 2018 with Professor Caroline Homer. 
Dr Deb Fox met again in October with Fran McConville and WHO Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Elizabeth Iro, at WHO Headquarters in Geneva [photo labelled ‘WHO Geneva’ attached] to discuss current midwifery research and education issues, and future opportunities for UTS graduates to apply for internships at WHO in Geneva. We hope to continue to develop opportunities for our staff and graduates to engage with this vital international work. More information can be found on https://www.uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/our-research/who-collaborating-centre

WHO CC UTS continues its valuable work in nursing and midwifery regulation in Papua New Guinea and the South Pacific with the South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery officers www.spcnmoa.com

Any other information /news about forthcoming events, conferences etc that you would like us to share with the Network.
The Australian College of Midwives has a national conference in Canberra this year. See: https://midwives.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/acm-2019-national-conference/national-conference

ANNUAL REPORT 2019

WHO CC UTS with new Faculty of Health Dean Suzanne Chambers

With its history of regional work in the Pacific focusing on human resources for health, education, regulation, policy and capacity building, the WHO CC UTS has continued to collaborate and undertake a range of consultancy and research projects in support of WHO programs at national, regional and international levels. Examples since July 2018 include:

    • Kiribati Health Workforce Strategic Plan: This consultancy carried out in collaboration with the Kiribati Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the WHO CC UTS worked to develop the country’s health workforce strategic plan and health resource management database.
    • Provision of Technical Support to Strengthen the Quality of Midwifery Education in Cambodia: The team from the WHO CC UTS worked closely with UNFPA Cambodia and the Cambodian University of Health Sciences and its Technical School of Medical Care (TSMC) to provide technical support to strengthen midwifery education in Cambodia.
    • Provision of Technical Support to Vanuatu College of Nursing Education (VCNE) for the development of Nursing Curricula and accreditation: The WHO CC UTS is working with the Vanuatu College of Nursing Education (VCNE) and the Vanuatu Ministry of Health to provide support to develop a Bachelor of Nursing (Conversion) and Bachelor of Nursing curriculum framework, working closely with and supporting colleagues from the VCNE.
    • Provision of technical advice for regulation in PNG: WHO CC UTS Director, Michele Rumsey has worked as an Advisor, with Registrar Nursing Council and Medical Board of PNG, to review the regulation processes for Papua New Guinea nurses and midwives. It is now known that 6,271 practitioners are registered with the Nursing Council (well below the WHO recommended threshold of health workers per 10,000 population). Including new graduates, 4,566 of these are registered nurses, 721 are registered midwives and 1,427 are nurse aides. This work has been supported by the WHOCC UTS and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs Australia.
    • PNG Midwifery Skills Logbook Workshop (PNG, March 2019): The review of the skills log book is crucial prior to the implementation of the new 18 month Midwifery program and participants at the Skills Log Book Workshop agreed it was a good learning experience and extremely helpful to discuss midwifery competences, student attributes, assessments and student issues with educators and clinicians, covering all new national and international policies and procedures. 
    • Ongoing stakeholder forums in PNG regarding the urgent need for a nursing and community health worker curriculum review.

In addition, WHO CC UTS representatives attended and participated in the following events:

    • Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation 8th High-Level Meeting on Health and the Economy: Transforming Primary Health Care through investment, Innovation and Collaboration (PNG, August 2018).
    • 10th AAAH Workshop 2018: The 10th AAAH Workshop 2018: Update progress and lessons on implementing the Global Strategy on HRH: Workforce 2030 (Vietnam, October, 2018).
    • Secretariat for Biennial South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers Alliance Meeting (Cook Islands, October 2018)
    • The Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) National Conference focusing on Human Rights in the 21st Century was held at the University of NSW (Australia, October 2018).
    • Australasian Aid Conference held at Australian National University (ANU) (Australia, February 2019). WHOCCUTS team members attended and participated in events and panels at this event.
    • Director of Clinical Services and Pacific Heads of Health Meetings (April, Fiji): WHO CC UTS attended with representatives from SPCNMOA, supported by WHO, World Bank and Pacific Community (SPC).
    • WHO HQ Meetings (Geneva) – WHO CC UTS midwifery team member Dr Deb Fox met with WHOHQ staff Fran McConville and WHO Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Elizabeth Iro, at WHO Headquarters in Geneva to discuss current state of the midwifery report, midwifery research, and education issues and future opportunities for UTS graduates to apply for internship at WHO in Geneva.
    • WHO CC UTS Faculty of Health EIA results for our PNG maternal health impact case study, pathways to impact and engagement we were awarded high high high by Australian Research Counci
    • Brown, D., Lock, L., Townsend, L., & Neill, A. (2019). Provision of Technical support to Vanuatu College of Nursing Education for Development and Accreditation of Nursing Curriculum. Retrieved from University Technology Sydney, Australia: https://www.uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/our-research/who-collaborating-centre/news
    • Neill, A., & Homer, C. (2018). Provision of technical support to strengthen education in Cambodia. Retrieved from University Technology Sydney, Australia: https://www.uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/our-research/who-collaborating-centre/news
    • Rumsey, M. (2019). Bachelor of Midwifery Skills Log Book Development. Retrieved from University Technology Sydney, Australia: https://www.uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/our-research/who-collaborating-centre/news
    • Rumsey, M. (2019). Director of Clinical Services – Heads of Health, South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers Alliance (SPCNMOA) American Pacific Nursing Leadership Council (APNLC) – April 2019 Fiji – Meeting Brief. Retrieved from University Technology Sydney, Australia: https://www.uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/our-research/who-collaborating-centre/news
    • Rumsey, M., & Neill, A. (2018). South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers Alliance (SPCNMOA) meeting – November 2018 Cook Islands – Meeting Brief. Retrieved from University Technology Sydney, Australia: www.spcnmoa.com 
    • Rumsey, M., Theissen, J., & Neill, A. (2017). World Health Organization, Review of Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN). World Health Organization, Fiji Office
    • South Pacific Chief Nursing Officers Alliance (SPCNMOA) American Pacific Nurse Leaders Council (APNLC). (2018, April 2018). Directors of Clinical Services Meetings Brief. Retrieved from www.spcnmoa.com
    • South Pacific Chief Nursing Officers Alliance (SPCNMOA) American Pacific Nurse Leaders Council (APNLC). (2018). Specialist Practice Brief. Retrieved from University Technology Sydney, Australia: https://www.uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/our-research/who-collaborating-centre/news
    • Thiessen, J., Bagoi, A., Homer, C., & Rumsey, M. (2018). Qualitative evaluation of a public private partnership for reproductive health training in Papua New Guinea. Journal of Rural and Remote Health. 
    • 12th Biennial General Meeting of the Global Network of World Health Organization Collaborating Centres (GNWHOCC) for Nursing and Midwifery: Cairns 20 July 2019. The WHO CC UTS as Secretariat for the GNWHOCC worked closely with James Cook University to coordinate and facilitate the biennial General Meeting held on the 20th of July 2018.  The GN WHO CC) recognised the support and continual strengthening of the GN WHO CC partnership with the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) and John Hopkins Program for International Education in Gynaecology and Obstetrics (JHPIEGO) in their structural reinforcement of the GN WHO CC as it strives to provide a voice for nurses and midwives as well as adhering to the Sustainable Development Goals. The consensus statement developed at the meeting expressed intentions for future commitments as it welcomed its inclusion in the State of the World’s Nursing and the State of the World’s Midwifery reports. 
    • Global Midwifery Network Meeting and Global Consultation: Cairn, July 2019. During the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Conference and the General Meeting of the Global Network, a GNWHOCC Midwifery Network and WHO consultation was held. Professor Caroline Homer and Dr Deborah Fox attended the Midwifery Network meeting that preceded the conference, at which midwives from all WHO regions joined in discussions and workshop activities around priorities for midwifery education around the globe Over 15 WHO CCs who work with midwifery were involved, with Professor Billie Hunter (WHO Collaborating Centre for Midwifery Development, University of Cardiff, Wales) and Professor Lorena Binfa (WHO Collaborating Centre for Development of Midwifery, University of Chile) agreeing to co-Chair this Network.
    • South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers Alliance Biennial Meeting: Cook Islands, 15- 18 October 2018. The South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers’ Alliance (SPCNMOA), together with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development at the University of Technology (WHO CC UTS) as Secretariat and alongside the South Pacific Nurses Forum (SPNF) met for their Biennial Meeting in the Cook Islands from the 15th to 18th of October 2018. The meeting brings together Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers (CNMOs) and senior leaders in regulation and education from the Pacific to update, discuss and plan effective strategic programs for the region across areas including Regulation, Education, Legislation and Service Delivery.  The SPCNMOA 2018 Biennial Meeting was held at the Enuamanu Hostel in Rarotonga, Cook Islands and was attended by over 40 delegates from 17 Pacific countries and organised by the WHO CC UTS as Secretariat for the SPCNM
    • WHO CC UTS International Nursing Celebrations May 12th 2020
    • South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers Alliance Biennial Meeting, Vanuatu 2020
    • PNG Nursing and Community Health Worker Forum October 2019
    • Vanuatu BN Stakeholder Committee Workshops and Programs May, June, August, September Vanuatu 2019
    • The Australian Centre for Public and Population Health Research (ACPPHR) houses trans-disciplinary applied public health and population health researchers who are committed to social justice in improving the health of Australia’s vulnerable populations and socioeconomically disadvantaged and under-served communities.
    • The Australian Research Centre in Complementary and Integrative Medicine (ARCCIM) is the world-leading public health research centre focused upon critically investigating and analysing a broad range of consumption, practice and policy issues around, traditional, complementary and integrative health care in Australia and globally. 
    • Improving Palliative, Aged and Chronic Care through Clinical Research and Translation (IMPACCT) focuses on interdisciplinary collaborative research optimising the health and wellbeing of individuals living with life-limiting illnesses and their families. https://www.uts.edu.au/research-and-teaching/our-research/impacct