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