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Note: The MEC course work­shop will be deliv­ered across two days as of Jan­u­ary 2023.

About this course
  • Does the sight of a preg­nant woman in your clin­ic make you nervous?
  • Would you know what to do if a preg­nant woman pre­sent­ed at your clinic/​hospital in labour and no mid­wife was available?

The Mater­ni­ty Emer­gency Care (MEC) course is designed to enable the health work­force to devel­op the knowl­edge and skills nec­es­sary to pro­vide emer­gency care for preg­nant, birthing and imme­di­ate­ly post­na­tal women, and their babies.

CRANAplus encour­ages par­tic­i­pants to apply the knowl­edge and skills learnt with­in the con­text of the poli­cies of the employ­ing health ser­vice and with­in each individual’s own scope of practice.

Who is this course for?

The MEC course will meet the learn­ing needs of the remote and iso­lat­ed health work­force (Nurs­es, non-prac­tis­ing mid­wives, Abo­rig­i­nal and Tor­res Strait Islander Health Workers/​Practitioners, Para­medics and Med­ical Officers).

Course deliv­ery

The CRANAplus Mater­ni­ty Emer­gency Care course con­sists of the fol­low­ing components.

  • Online pre-course mate­ri­als and assess­ments that must be com­plet­ed one week before the workshop
  • Atten­dance at a two-day face-to-face work­shop con­sist­ing of guid­ed dis­cus­sions, prac­ti­cal skill sta­tions and con­text based scenarios
  • Two indi­vid­ual sce­nario based clin­i­cal skills assessments
On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion of this course, clin­i­cians will be able to…
  • Demon­strate the prin­ci­ples of unplanned or emer­gency man­age­ment of a preg­nant & labour­ing woman and care imme­di­ate­ly after childbirth.
  • Assess and man­age to the fol­low­ing mater­nal and neona­tal complications:
    • Pre-term labour
    • Bleed­ing in pregnancy
    • Dia­betes
    • Hyper­ten­sion
    • Pre-eclam­p­sia
    • Mater­nal trau­ma, dete­ri­o­ra­tion and resuscitation
    • Neona­tal Resuscitation
    • Post par­tum haemorrhage

Fam­i­ly Vio­lence and Peri­na­tal Men­tal Health are also discussed.

On suc­cess­ful com­ple­tion par­tic­i­pants will be awarded…
  • A CRANAplus Mater­ni­ty Emer­gency Care Cer­tifi­cate (Valid for 3 years)

Please refer to the Mid­wifery Upskilling course if you are a cur­rent mid­wife or GP Obstetrician.

If you have any queries about the course or its rel­e­vance to your prac­tice, sub­mit an enquiry here.

Cater­ing information

Giv­en the remote loca­tion of many of our cours­es, we are some­times restrict­ed to Veg­e­tar­i­an and Gluten Free dietary options. While we always sup­ply fresh food and fruit, par­tic­u­lar foods may not be eas­i­ly accessed in remote areas. Should you have quite spe­cif­ic restric­tions we encour­age you to bring some basics and then pick and choose from the fresh food offered on the day. You should also inform us of any aller­gies you may have so we can advise the cater­er and be aware of the situation.

Finan­cial sup­port to attend

CRANAplus Mem­bers receive a dis­count on face-to-face course reg­is­tra­tion and are eli­gi­ble to apply for var­i­ous CRANAplus pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment grants to meet the costs asso­ci­at­ed with course atten­dance. You can also find a list of grants and schol­ar­ships offered by exter­nal providers, such as the Health Work­force Schol­ar­ship Pro­gram, on our Path­way Incen­tives page.

Addi­tion­al FAQs

View the answers to oth­er fre­quent­ly asked ques­tions about CRANAplus face-to-face courses.