Call the midwife back
A new five-year research project will explore innovative measures to support burnt-out and demoralised midwives.
Midwives attend the births of approximately 300,000 babies in Australia each year, at all hours of the day and night.
However, midwifery is facing a dire future, with as many as two-thirds of midwives burnt out and ready to walk away from the profession.
Dr Christine Catling, from the UTS School of Nursing and Midwifery, has just been awarded $645,000 by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) to investigate how to address this looming workforce crisis.
Dr Catling says innovative solutions are required to retain midwives for the safety of women and their babies.
“From my preliminary work on workplace culture, it has come out that the support is so, so vital. So this is one way of helping them, by introducing that structured support with trained facilitators,” Dr Catling says.
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