Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for midwives, nurses and other health professionals

The School of Nursing and Midwifery provides an innovative, structured approach to enable students to meet their continuing professional development needs and learn in a meaningful and purposeful way to enhance and transform practice.

The School offers direct access to a range of single course of study and online module study options. The single course of study option are courses currently available within our established postgraduate programs. Students will receive ten (10) credit points upon successful completion of these courses. You may choose to enrol directly into one of the courses to meet your career and practice objectives. Many students who complete a single course of study find that they would like to continue studying. There is no limit to the number of a single courses of study you will be eligible to complete. If you subsequently enrol into a Masters’ program, you will be eligible to apply for credit for previous courses successfully completed (where applicable).

You will need access to a computer and broadband internet as the course materials and discussion forums are only accessible via learning@griffith. The recommended browser is Firefox and you will need to have a current version of Adobe Flash and have Java enabled. Please note that not all devices can access content made by Flash including iPads and iPhones.

Single course of study closing dates:

Trimester 1, 2019 courses: Friday 08 February 2019*

Trimester 2, 2019 courses: Friday 21 June 2019*

Trimester 3, 2019 courses: Friday 11 October 2019*

*acceptance of late applications is subject to approval by the University

Single Course of Study Options

Professional development for midwives and nursesAvailableDuration
Prescribing for Midwives Trimester 1 and 2 One trimester
Advanced Breastfeeding and Lactation Trimester 1 One trimester
Promoting Sexual Health and Wellness Trimester 3 One trimester
Perinatal Mental Health Trimester 2 One trimester
Emerging Issues in Disaster and Pandemic Planning, Response and Management Trimester 3 One trimester
Applied Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals Trimester 3 One trimester
Vascular Access Devices and Intravenous Therapy: Transforming EvidenceTrimester 3One trimester

Online Module Options

ModulesAvailableDuration
Learning and teaching theoryTrimester 3 Self-paced
Designing for learningTrimester 3 Self-paced
Quality and improvementTrimester 3  Self-paced
Vascular Access Device (VAD): Selection and InsertionTrimester 3Self-paced
Vascular Access Device (VAD): Care and removalTrimester 3Self-paced
Influencing Practice (VAD use) at an institutional and organisational levelTrimester 3Self-paced

Continuing Professional Development Study Days

Prescribing Update Course

ModulesAvailableDuration
Breastfeeding Friday 7 June 2019 8 hours       
Prescribing Update Course Friday 12 July 2019 8 hours

Prescribing for Midwives

The course builds on the student’s background as a registered midwife and prepares him / her for practice as an autonomous prescriber. This course meets the educational requirements for midwives seeking endorsement as prescribers in Australia. For further information on Endorsement see the NMBA website.

Application for Admission

What will I study

This course establishes advanced, integrated understanding of the knowledge and skills required for safe and effective prescribing within the legal and regulatory frameworks governing midwifery practice in Australia. Skills for obtaining the clinical and research knowledge required to assist in decision making will be developed, with an emphasis on a sound understanding of applied pharmacology and the rational use of clinical investigations.

Technical skills for generating safe, legal prescriptions and will be developed, including approaches that minimize the risk of harm from error or adverse drug reactions. On completion students will demonstrate their capacity to meet the course learning outcomes.

Midwifery prescribing is explored from a women-centred, collaborative philosophy and the skills required for effective and respectful communication with women and her other care providers are enhanced.

Course code and further information

Prescribing for Midwives (Course 8034NRS)

Fees

  • When undertaken as a single course of study, these courses are full fee-paying courses and there is no assistance (FEE-HELP) available.
  • The course cost for domestic students in 2019 is $2250.00 (the fee is indexed annually).
  • The fee is due to be paid prior to the end of Week 4 of the trimester in which you are enrolled.

How to apply

  1. Complete an Application for Admission to a Single Course of Study (above)
  2. Attach a copy of your current midwifery registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency
  3. Lodgement - please review the lodgement information on the application form.

Contact

For further information contact:

primarymaternitycare@griffith.edu.au

Advanced Breastfeeding and Lactation

This course is designed to enable participants to use effective, evidence-based strategies to support breastfeeding women and to promote, facilitate and sustain breastfeeding at a personal organisational and community level. The course will provide advanced clinical and evidence based knowledge, and strategies known to promote and sustain breastfeeding Specific strategies and practices used during challenges experienced by the breastfeeding mother/infant dyad will be critically evaluated.

Application for Admission

What will I study

This course aims to:

  • Provide the primary maternity care (PMC) provider with an overview of the factors that support women and their newborns to successfully initiate, establish and sustain breastfeeding;
  • Utilise the Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) framework to enable PMC students to apply evidential learning to their own clinical practice;
  • Enable students to identify common breastfeeding challenges and develop strategies and practices to support women to overcome challenges to meet their goal;
  • Value the impact that sustaining breastfeeding has for the individual woman and her infant, family, community/society, at a national and global level.
  • Enable students to facilitate evidence-based change at a local, community and at a global level to promote and sustain breastfeeding.
  • Prepare eligible students to sit for the International Board of Lactation Consultants examination.

Course code and further information

Advanced Breastfeeding and Lactation (Course 8048NRS)

Fees

  • When undertaken as a single course of study, these courses are full fee-paying courses and there is no assistance (FEE-HELP) available.
  • The course cost for domestic students in 2019 is $2250.00 (the fee is indexed annually).
  • The fee is due to be paid prior to the end of Week 4 of the trimester in which you are enrolled.

How to apply

  1. Complete an Application for Admission to a Single Course of Study (above)
  2. Lodgement - please review the lodgement information on the application form.

Contact

For further information contact:

primarymaternitycare@griffith.edu.au

Promoting Sexual Health and Wellness

This course which is founded on a wellness model, promotes sexual health and wellness at an individual, community, national and international level. Students from a wide range of disciplines will be provided with the tools to take a wellness (often referred to as a salutogenic) approach to sexual health promotion and service delivery.

Application for Admission

What will I study

  • Principles and Philosophical tenets of promoting sexual health and wellness
  • Determinants of sexual health and wellness
  • Sexual decision-making in relationships
  • Ethics, legalities politics and practice of sexual health and wellness promotion utilising a public health lens
  • The implementation of personal and organisational strategic initiatives in sexual health and wellness

Course Code and further information

Promoting Sexual Health and Wellness (Course 8050NRS)

Fees

  • When undertaken as a single course of study, these courses are full fee-paying courses and there is no assistance (FEE-HELP) available.
  • The course cost for domestic students in 2019 is $2250.00 (the fee is indexed annually).
  • The fee is due to be paid prior to the end of Week 4 of the trimester in which you are enrolled.

How to apply

  1. Complete an Application for Admission to a Single Course of Study (above)
  2. Lodgement - please review the lodgement information on the application form.

Contact

For further information contact:

primarymaternitycare@griffith.edu.au

Perinatal Mental Health

This course is designed for health professionals wanting to use more effective prevention and early intervention approaches to perinatal mental health in partnership with women to achieve optimum mental health and wellbeing in pregnancy and the first postnatal year. The course will provide knowledge of risk factors adversely affecting perinatal emotional health, and identify specific and specialist knowledge and strategies used when women experience psychological and emotional difficulties including the use of evidenced based pathways for attaining best practice models of treatments.

Application for Admission

What will I study

The course aims to:

  • Promote the principles and philosophy of woman-centred care (by definition, woman-centred care includes any person the woman has identified as significant to her).
  • Provide the primary maternity health provider with an overview of the factors that have an impact on the emotional health of women during the childbearing period.
  • Outline strategies and skills for prevention, early identification and referral to specialist services to promote optimal outcomes for the woman and her infant.
  • Describe key features that enhance effectiveness of perinatal mental health services.

Course code and further information

Perinatal Mental Health (Course 8049NRS)

Fees

  • When undertaken as a single course of study, these courses are full fee-paying courses and there is no assistance (FEE-HELP) available.
  • The course cost for domestic students in 2019 is $2250.00 (the fee is indexed annually).
  • The fee is due to be paid prior to the end of Week 4 of the trimester in which you are enrolled.

How to apply

  1. Complete an Application for Admission to a Single Course of Study (above)
  2. Lodgement - please review the lodgement information on the application form.

Contact

For further information contact:

primarymaternitycare@griffith.edu.au

Emerging Issues in Disaster and Pandemic Planning, Response & Management

This course provides students with advanced knowledge regarding national and international trends in disaster management and issues relating to disaster response. The course looks at in-hospital disaster response as well as field response to disaster situations. Students will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge relating to pathophysiology of injury or illness related to disaster, management of mass casualties, disaster planning and pandemic preparedness and response.

Application for Admission

What will I study

This course exposes students to current advanced knowledge of emerging issues in this topic area. Health care practitioners and other who work in conjunction with health services are often part of disaster and pandemic responses within their own work environments and may also be asked to be part of larger responses external to their work environments. This course assists students to develop knowledge and skills related to identifying potential issues and planning for, responding to, and managing, disaster and pandemic events from a national and global perspective. Students will also develop presentation, online discussion management, and reflective skills in this course.

Course code and further information

Emerging Issues in Disaster and Pandemic Planning, Response and Management (8038NRS)

Fees

  • When undertaken as a single course of study, these courses are full fee-paying courses and there is no assistance (FEE-HELP) available.
  • The course cost for domestic students in 2019 is $2250.00 (the fee is indexed annually).
  • The fee is due to be paid prior to the end of Week 4 of the trimester in which you are enrolled.

How to apply

  1. Complete an Application for Admission to a Single Course of Study (above)
  2. Lodgement - please review the lodgement information on the application form.

Contact

For further information contact:

emergencynursing@griffith.edu.au

Applied Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

This course has been designed for health professionals who want to expand their knowledge, understanding and application of learning and teaching theory and strategies to their role as a clinical or classroom teacher. Emphasis is placed on gaining insight into complex processes integral to teaching and learning including learning styles, development of teaching and assessment plans and the role of culture in promoting learning.

Application for Admission

What will I study

This course has been designed for health professionals who want to expand their knowledge, understanding and application of learning and teaching theory and strategies to their role as a clinical or classroom teacher. Students will learn how to select and apply appropriate learning theories and teaching strategies in order to create an effective learning environment. Emphasis is placed on gaining insight into complex processes integral to teaching and learning including learning styles, development of teaching and assessment plans and the role of culture in promoting learning.

Course code and further information

Applied Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals (8052NRS)

Fees

  • When undertaken as a single course of study, these courses are full fee-paying courses and there is no assistance (FEE-HELP) available.
  • The course cost for domestic students in 2019 is $2250.00 (the fee is indexed annually).
  • The fee is due to be paid prior to the end of Week 4 of the trimester in which you are enrolled.

How to apply

  1. Complete an Application for Admission to a Single Course of Study (above)
  2. Lodgement - please review the lodgement information on the application form.

Contact

For further information contact:

postgraduatenursing@griffith.edu.au


Continuing Professional Development Study Days

Prescribing for Midwives Update

Friday 12 July 2019

Cost: $200 (15% discount for Griffith University Alumna and Practice partners)

Register HERE

For further information

Mary Sidebotham (07) 338 21378

Lois Sear, Administration CPD_SONM@griffith.edu.au

Vascular Access Devices and Intravenous Therapy: Transforming Evidence

This course will provide students with an advanced, integrated understanding of the knowledge and skills required for safe and effective vascular access device insertion, care and management. The course is designed to translate scientific knowledge into practice improvement for healthcare practitioners caring for patients requiring vascular access devices and intravenous therapy, with a strong emphasis on professional standards.

Application for Admission

What will I study

This course will provide students with an advanced, integrated understanding of the knowledge and skills required for safe and effective vascular access device insertion, care and management. The course is designed to translate scientific knowledge into practice improvement for healthcare practitioners caring for patients requiring vascular access devices and intravenous therapy, with a strong emphasis on professional standards.

Course code and further information

Vascular Access Devices and Intravenous Therapy: Transforming Evidence (7104NRS)

Fees

  • When undertaken as a single course of study, these courses are full fee-paying courses and there is no assistance (FEE-HELP) available.
  • The course cost for domestic students in 2019 is $2250.00 (the fee is indexed annually).
  • The fee is due to be paid prior to the end of Week 4 of the trimester in which you are enrolled.

How to apply

  1. Complete an Application for Admission to a Single Course of Study (above)
  2. Lodgement - please review the lodgement information on the application form.

Contact

postgraduatenursing@griffith.edu.au

Online Modules

Applied Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals

Module 1: Learning and teaching theory

  • In this module you will explore learning through an examination of teaching philosophy and key theories and principles in learning.

Module 2: Designing for learning

  • In this module you will focus on applying theory to teaching practice and designing an effective teaching plan.

Module 3: Quality and improvement

  • In this module you will focus on the practical considerations: in being prepared for teaching, evaluating to ensure quality in teaching and learning and the importance of critical reflection on teaching practice.

Vascular Access Devices and Intravenous Therapy

Module 1: Vascular Access Device (VAD): Selection and insertion

  • In this module you will gain an advanced understanding of the knowledge and skill required for safe and effective vascular access device (VAD) selection and insertion.

Module 2: Vascular Access Device (VAD): Care and removal

  • In this module you will focus on VAD maintenance, monitoring and removal, types of VAD complications and the overarching principles of intravenous therapy

Module 3: Influencing Practice (VAD use) at an institutional and organisational level

  • In this module you will be introduced to best-practice related to VAD use and examine the grading systems that can assist you to analyse and identify quality evidence and guidelines to underpin best practice.

Study Options

You can choose the option that suits you best.

Option 1:

  • Work through a module at your own pace and receive a Certificate of Completion for each module. Completion of each module will also give you 20 CPD points when you write a reflective account of the module. More information is available from the Nursing and Midwifery Board.
  • Applied Learning and Teaching for Health Professionals (Module 1, 2 or 3): $220.00 (inc. GST) per module.
  • Vascular Access Devices and Intravenous Therapy (Module 1, 2 or 3): $440.00 (inc. GST) per module.

Option 2:

  • Work through the three modules within a course and successfully complete the required assessment and receive a Certificate of Completion.
  • When you complete the three modules and assessment in a course you will be eligible to apply for credit (10 credit points) in the Masters programs offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery.
  • $2475.00 (inc. GST) for three modules and assessment.
  • $825.00 (inc. GST) per module (for one module and assessment).

Contact

For more information:

postgraduatenursing@griffith.edu.au

Register

You can register and pay via Griffith Pay

Griffith Pay

Payment for all modules is via Griffith Pay.