Teach­ing the train­ers

Comment News (Gosnells) - - ANZAC DAY 2017 - Jes­sica War­riner

SIX Tan­za­nian mid­wives are learn­ing from WA’s best.

The mid­wives are at­tend­ing mas­ter­classes at hos­pi­tals around WA for the next three weeks through Depart­ment of Health ini­tia­tive Global Health Al­liance WA (GHAWA) and the Ro­tary Clubs of WA and Dar es Salaam.

The en­rich­ment pro­gram ex­poses the mid­wives to the Aus­tralian health­care en­vi­ron­ment, en­abling them to gain knowl­edge in lead­er­ship and man­age­ment, learn best prac­tice in ma­ter­nal and neona­tal care, and train the mid­wives to them­selves be­come train­ers.

“This ex­pe­ri­ence from Aus­tralia, we’ll take to our coun­try. We’ll learn some new ideas, and we have seen how the Aus­tralian mid­wives work and how they dif­fer from our coun­try,” nurse mid­wife Chiku Hamisi said.

“The pa­tients are the same, but the new ideas we get here we will go to share with our col­leagues and hope­fully we will go to teach oth­ers.”

Ms Hamisi said the big dif­fer­ence was tech­nol­ogy and equip­ment. Other Tan­za­nian mid­wives com­mended the one to one ra­tio of mid­wives to clients, along with home vis­its and part­ner in­volve­ment.

Nurse mid­wife Hilda Kweka said the pro­gram place­ments were a valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I’ve learned a lot from the mas­ter­classes, they’ve broad­ened our knowl­edge. A lot about time man­age­ment and care; we’ve learnt about lead­er­ship also,” Ms Kweka said.

Ar­madale Hos­pi­tal as­so­ciate mid­wifery man­ager Phillipa Rep­ping­ton was in Tan­za­nia in Fe­bru­ary for four weeks to as­sist with the pro­gram.

“I think it gives you a much bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of how lucky we are in Aus­tralia quite frankly, and also what we as mid­wives here can do for not just Tan­za­nia but other coun­tries as well who are in a sim­i­lar set of sit­u­a­tions, which ba­si­cally lead to an un­ac­cept­able level of ma­ter­nal and baby deaths,” Ms Rep­ping­ton said.

“For me, it’s just my lit­tle bit of try­ing to do some­thing that might help save a mother and baby.”

Pic­ture: Jon Hew­son www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d468033

Mid­wives Chiku Hamsi and Hilda Kweka pose with Hay­ley Wil­son and baby Ge­or­gia Bell, while Philippa Rep­ping­ton and Jody Weller look on.

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