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Training and study days

We offer a comprehensive in-house education and training programme. Our programme is designed to support midwives in meeting the Midwifery Council and Auckland DHB mandatory education requirements and also contributes to promotion of local and National quality and safety fundamentals. 

The programme aims to foster and enhance midwifery philosophy, clinical skills and wisdom, as well as providing vital learning opportunities for multidisciplinary team-working.  The midwifery education team are either solely responsible for or contribute to, the implementation of the various study days and initiatives within the programme.

The educators also have a significant support and advisory role and encourage staff and access holders to contact them with any queries or requests. Midwives on the New Graduate Programme will, in addition, have individually tailored study days/workshops (not published on this website).

If you have a questions or queries about training, email the team on

Click here for more Midwifery Council recertification requirements.

Your midwifery educators are:

  • Clare Barrett
  • Tracy Walker
  • Lou McInnes

Women's Health training schedule

BFHI education

Find out more about our BFHI education here.

Breastfeeding update

11th August, 15th September, 27th October, 24th November, 8th December

Breastfeeding Study Day 1

21st October

Breastfeeding Study Day 2

17 November

Online package

Email Tracey Senior for more information

Cultural Competency Wānanga

What does it mean to be culturally competent? What does cultural competency look like in your practice?  How do you think whānau will know?  Why is cultural competency important in health care?  Let’s generate some korero and empower you to work differently particularly when working with Māori.  Let’s unpack the default mechanism’s that have become the normal.

  • Learn basic marae protocol
  • Learn how to say your pepeha in Te Reo, Kia kaha give it a go e te whānau
  • Learn some basic Te Reo greetings and Kupu (Words), emphasis on correct Te Reo pronunciation
  • Recap on Tiriti o Waitangi (vs The Treaty of Waitangi) in practice with a focus on Tiriti Articles (Not default to the 3 P’s!!)
  • Recap on Te Whare Tapa Wha (and other known Māori frameworks)
  • Overview of Turanga Kaupapa in Midwifery Practice
  • Come with an open mind and artistic flair!
  • Group work and open korero in a wānanga Marae setting.

Kaiwhakahaere: Annmarie Taiapa-Johnson, 021941539 /

Te wa: 0800 – 1230

Ki whea:  Te Rama Ora Marae, Te Whetu Tawera, Building 35

Dates: 2021, June 17, Aug 19, Sep 16, Nov 8

To book: Please book through kiosk (please note, the Cultural Competency Wānanga is under “Women’s Health” in Kiosk, not “Midwife”) for LMC’s and medical staff, please email

Poipoia te kakano kia puawai ~ Nurture the seed and it will blossom

Engaging effectively with Māori
All Women’s Health staff are invited to attend a three part series of facilitated half-day workshops, which explore notions of cultural competence, cultural safety and cultural intelligence.
Please book to attend theses workshops in sequence. The content of each workshop is outlined below:
Engaging 1 - The Grounding Workshop
  • The colonisation of Aotearoa and its implications for 2021 and beyond
  • Unconscious bias including structural institutional racism
  • Equity vs equality
  • The most up-to-date international discourse on racism and anti-racism
  • The Engaging Well Ltd formula/strategy for dealing with racism
Engaging 2 - Dismantling Racism while Building Cultural Competency​​
  • Why ‘being nice’ will not eliminate racism
  • Exploring personal experiences of racist behaviour/praxis
  • Developing skills to pronounce Māori words and names proficiently
  • Exploring Te Reo Māori me ōna Tikanga as a backdrop to building cultural capability
  • Tokenism vs Authenticity

​​Engaging 3 - Becoming an Anti-Racist and Te Tiriti Savvy Nation

  • Racism in Aotearoa – New Zealand and how we can/must eliminate it
  • Developing personal and professional responses to racist behaviour/praxis
  • Developing Te Tiriti/Treaty competence and intelligent ways to operationalise Te Tiriti/the Treaty
  • Exploring the intentional and subsequent dishonouring by the Crown of Te Tiriti/the Treaty
Tuesday 17 August
Studio 160, Grafton workshop space
Thursday 26 August
A+ Trust room, Level 5, Clinical Education Centre, Auckland City Hospital
Tuesday 23 November
Studio 160, Grafton workshop space
Wednesday 24 November
Studio 160, Grafton workshop space


For ADHB employees, please book through Kiosk under Women’s Health. For LMCs please email

PROMPT - Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training

This course is planned to go ahead on the dates below.


Practical Obstetric Multi-Professional Training is an evidence based multi-professional simulation training workshop for obstetric emergencies. It is associated with direct improvements in perinatal outcome and has been proven to improve knowledge, clinical skills and team working.

Presented byThe ADHB PROMPT Faculty

Time: 0800-1630

Location: Clinical Education Centre, Level 5, Building 32, ACH

Dates for 2021: 12th March, 2nd Jun, 24th Sept


Free to core staff. $100 for LMC midwives

Book on KIOSK (ADHB staff) or email

Supporting Physiological Labour and Birth
This course is still planned to go ahead on the below dates
What's in your Midwifery Kete? - Sharing our tips, tricks and wisdom for supporting physiological labour and birth
  • Review of the physiology/discussion of the barriers: societal, environmental and institutional influences, fears etc.
  • Decision-making around fetal monitoring/protecting membranes/psychoprophylaxis/water for labour and birth/movement
  • Mobilisation and support ‘props’ for normal labour and malpositions/sterile water injections/manual rotation
and more...
Where: A+ Trust Room, Clinical Education Centre, Level 5, Auckland City Hospital
Dates for 2021: 25th May, 7th Sept, 19th Oct
Time: 0800-1630
Cost: Free to ADHB Core staff (book on Kiosk)
Midwifery Emergency Skills Refresher

Midwifery Emergency Skills Refresher have recommenced. Sessions are currently delivered in small groups and in module format. We are endeavouring to prioritise bookings in accordance with who is due soonest. For those in the priority group, you will have received email to book onto the modules running once per week until 17th August. To book access the spreadsheet via the below link to indicate which sessions you will attend (it will save automatically and you can also go back in and delete). The content is delivered over three modules. You may choose to come on all three on the same day or attend over several weeks. You will receive a certificate upon completion of all three.

  • Shoulder Dystocia & Breech
  • Postpartum Haemorrhage & Maternal Collapse
  • Neonatal Resuscitation (inc. PANDA resuscitaire
  • ISBAR, communication and teamwork skills will be woven throughout.

If you are not in the group that should book onto the modules, you will have received a copy of our spreadsheet showing when you all did MESR last year and therefore roughly which month you should book for.

Core staff book via KIOSK. LMCs book via the email below

Presented by: ADHB midwifery educators

Location: Clinical Skills Centre Level 4 Building 1 Auckland City Hospital

Dates for 2021: September 13th, October 26th, November 22nd, December 6th

Dates for 2022: Tues 8th Feb, Tue 1st March, Mon 4th April, Tue 24th May, Tue 14th June, Tue 26th July, Tue 16th August, Tue 20th September, Tue 18th October, Tue 15th November, Mon 5th December

Cost: Free


If you have any problems with these instructions email

FSEP – Fetal Surveillance Education Programme

The FSEP Full program runs for 7 hours and provides a solid foundation of information for all clinicians involved in antenatal and intrapartum care. The Full program is structured to cumulatively build understanding. Participants in the Full program also complete the FSEP MCQ assessment at the end of the session. This is our core education program and is suited to most clinicians requiring education or an update in cardiotocography.

Presented by: Izzy Eadie - NZ FSEP Educator

Time: Full day 9.00am-4.30pm, half day 8.00am - 12.30pm

Location: Level 9 Lecture Theatre, Building, Auckland City Hospital (please note that this area of the hospital requires a swipe card to access)

Cost: Free to all core midwives, LMC access holders and doctors

Dates for 2021: see below

Book through Kiosk or email to reserve your place.

GAP – GROW charts and the Growth Assessment Protocol

Content includes:

Evidence and best practice

  • Fetal growth restriction and pregnancy outcome  

  • Customised charts: principles, and clinical implications

  • Risk assessment and surveillance: guidelines, algorithms

Clinical application

  • Fundal height - standardised measurement and plotting

  • Referral protocols – indications for further investigation

  • Clinical and practical application – case studies

  • Documentation and record keeping - plotting and referral scenarios

  • Q&A

Presented by: Midwife Educators, ADHB and Perinatal Institute

Time: 0800-1200

Location: Level 9 Meeting Room, room 92066, Support Building, ACH 

Cost:  Free

Dates: 17th November

Book through Kiosk or email


Newborn Life Support

The New Zealand Resuscitation Council Newborn Life Support course is:

  • For health professionals who provide newborn life support, including midwives and those working in neonatology
  • A full day training course to develop your skills and knowledge in providing newborn life support
  • A combination of lectures, skills stations, scenarios and assessment

Enhance your learning in a supportive team of midwives, nurses and doctors from maternity and neonatal practice areas.

Presented by: NLS Course Directors; Jo Hegarty, Sarah Bellhouse, Beatle Treadwell and other NZRC NLS accredited instructors (midwives and NICU NNPs)

Time: 08.30am -4.00pm

Location: NICU Large Education Room, Level 9, Building 32, ACH

Cost: $50 for ADHB staff and access holders. $100 for others

Dates 2021: 15th March, 12th May, 14th June, 2nd August, 3rd November

To register contact Dr Jo Hegarty (Neonatologist) with preferred course date at

Midwives immunisation course

This course provides midwives with the most up-to-date immunisation knowledge relevant to their practice including COVID-19 vaccines,the National Immunisation Schedule changes, vaccine composition, safety of vaccines in pregnancy, administration of vaccines and talking with parents about vaccines. This event is approved as continuing midwifery education by the Midwifery Council.

Presented by: The Immunisation Advisory Centre

Time: 0830-1600

Cost: Free of charge


9th August

Location: Henley Room, Clinical Education Centre, Level 5, Building 32, Auckland City Hospital


21st October

Location: Sir Douglass Robb boardroom, Greenlane Clinical Centre, 214 Greenlane West, Epsom, Auckland


Auckland midwives book on KIOSK

LMCs email

Course enquiries - contact Lisbeth Alley 0274976971 or

Preventing Severe Perineal Harm - no sessions planned for 2021

No planned sessions for 2021. Watch this space!

 This exciting interactive workshop will provide midwives with an opportunity to explore, asses and improve their knowledge and practice around perineal trauma prevention

  • latest evidence and update on ADHB initiatives and resources
  • Discuss and share midwifery knowledge
  • Hands-on skills

Time: 0800-1630

Cost: Free of charge

Date: TBC

Further details tbc.

Book on KIOSK (ADHB staff) or email

Cultural Competency in Practice workshop - including Tūranga Kaupapa principles - no sessions planned for 2021

No planned sessions for 2021. Watch this space!

Tūranga Kaupapa are a set of principles developed by Nga Maia o Aotearoa and formally adopted by both the Midwifery Council of New Zealand and the New Zealand College of Midwives. This workshop will develop midwives' awareness of the principles and skills in applying them to everyday practice as part of overall cultural competency in healthcare provision.

Presented by: Facilitator TBC

Time: 0800-1630

Location: Te Whetu Tawera, Te Rama Ora, Building 35, ACH

Cost:  ADHB Employees free, non-ADHB employees $150

Dates: TBC

Book on KIOSK or LMCs email

Mobile Epidural Labour Sessions - no sessions planned for 2021

No planned sessions for 2021. Watch this space!

Facilitated by Specialist Anaesthetist Dr Matthew Drake, these sessions are suitable for all core midwifery staff (experienced, new grads, new starters) and independent midwife LMC access holders. In association with a new guideline soon to be released "Epidural Analgesia in Labour - Management and Care", completion of either an online module or attendance at a face-to-face session will be mandatory for core staff looking after women with an epidural in labour and is strongly encouraged for LMCs, particularly if they wish to mobilise women with an epidural.

Presented by: Dr Matthew Drake

Time: 0800-1030

Location: NICU Education Room, remaining dates in the Ward 96/98 meeting room

Cost: Free of charge to all 

Dates: TBC

Book through Kiosk or email to reserve your place.

Mobile Labour Epidural Sessions Poster

Preceptorship for Midwives - no sessions planned for 2021

No planned sessions at this time. Watch this space!

This workshop will explore the practical and communication aspects of being a fantastic midwifery preceptor! It will also outline the current AUT undergraduate programme and expectations of student midwives working at different levels in different placement areas. LMC midwives also welcome.

 Presented by: AUT faculty, ADHB/AUT Midwifery Development Education Service and midwifery educators

Time: 0800-1630

Location: A+ Trust Room, Clinical Education Centre, Level 5, Auckland City Hospital

Cost: Free of charge

Dates: TBC

Book on Kiosk (Auckland DHB staff) or email

Baby study day - no sessions planned for 2021

No planned sessions for 2021. Watch this space!


COMBO - no sessions planned for 2021

No planned sessions for 2021. Watch this space!

COMBO refers to a study day of 4hrs breastfeeding 'combined' with fours hours of another maternity topic changing on a yearly basis. For the remainder of 2020 there will no 'COMBO' as such as we are not running an afternoon topic. 

Some breastfeeding education will take place on the original scheduled COMBO dates. Please contact Robyn McMillan for more information

Presented by: Lactation Consultants 

Time: 0800-1230

Location: Clinical Education Centre, Level 5, Auckland City Hospital

Dates: TBC