Back row left to right:
Nora Bukateci (LMC midwife) Dr Alec Ekeroma (President PSRH) Nga Marsters (LMC midwife)
Front row left to right:
Thelma Thompson (Director of Midwifery Practice) Mr Lokeni Tiatia and Ms Lonise Time (RANZCOG Brian Spurret Fellows) Sanne Wesseling (midwife coordinator)
On Monday 15 July, Women’s Health was privileged to host Lonise Time and Lokeni Tiatia, two midwives from Samoa for a four week clinical placement as part of the Brian Spurrett Fellowship Program, coordinated by the Royal Australian & NZ College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists (RANZCOG) and the Pacific Society for Reproductive Health Trust (PSRH).
The Brian Spurrett Fellowship programme was established for the promotion of clinical leadership in women’s health in the Pacific Islands. It aims to equip and empower visiting midwives with information, observations of best practice and clinical skills to make an informed contribution to their own hospital role and regional activities, aimed at reducing pregnancy-related morbidity and mortality as promoted in the Millenium Development Goal (MDG) 5. The Fellowship Programme is also consistent with WHO, UNFPA and UNICEF strategies to escalate progress towards MDG 5 by 2015, and the national health plans in use in the various Pacific island countries.
For four weeks, Lonise and Lokeni attended a variety of clinical placements at Counties Manukau Health. They spent time in the Maternity Wards, Assessment, Labour and Birthing Unit, Community Midwifery Services, the Diabetes and Obstetrics Medical Clinics, Kidz First Home Care and with South Seas Health Trust. In addition they each spent one week with a Lead Maternity Carer midwife attending antenatal clinics, participating in labour and birthing care, and postnatal visits in the Community.
“We really enjoyed our time at Counties Manukau,” says Lonesi. ”The opportunity to take a break and learn at the same time was a reward from God.”
It was a pleasure to build relationships with these two midwives, to become more aware of the clinical and professional challenges they face as midwives, and to look at our own practices from a different point of view. The RANZCOG and PSRH are grateful to the leadership, midwifery and nursing team at CM Health for the opportunity to share with their Pacific Island colleagues.
Dr Alec Ekeroma
President PSRH and Councillor of RANZCOG
Pacific Women’s Health Research &