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Maternity Emergency Care
Designed for Nurses, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Practitioners, Paramedics and Medical Officers, the Maternity Emergency Care course enables the remote health workforce to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to provide emergency care for expectant mothers and their babies in a remote or isolated setting.
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
- 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.