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MEC course updates incoming

4 Apr 2022

A recent survey of Maternity Emergency Care (MEC) course participants is guiding updates to CRANAplus’ MEC Program. Using the feedback you provided, the Education Team are now busy updating the course, with a refreshed version set for release later this year, writes Remote Clin­i­cal Edu­ca­tor Michelle Price.

Michelle Price 1

We are excit­ed to announce we are under­tak­ing a review of our flag­ship Mater­ni­ty Emer­gency Care (MEC) pro­gram. As with any course in health care, the mater­ni­ty emer­gency course (MEC) has under­gone reg­u­lar updates – five to be exact – since the ini­tial course was designed in 2018 by Ree Dunn, Geri Mal­one, Sue Kildea and Sue Kruske.

Many inno­v­a­tive prac­ti­tion­ers have been involved since then, pro­duc­ing and cre­at­ing this pro­gram. Their work is great­ly val­ued and the team plan to build upon the resources that they gath­ered over the years. It is imper­a­tive that CRANAplus con­tin­ues to deliv­er up-to-date and cur­rent material.

Over time, feed­back had indi­cat­ed course par­tic­i­pants want­ed a change. To home in on how to best meet the needs of mid­wives and RANs, we sent a sur­vey out to over 1,000 past par­tic­i­pants and stake­hold­ers. The results are in, and we are now aware of our audience’s requests and needs. Thank­ful­ly, the back­ground work that pre­vi­ous writ­ers had done on the course cre­at­ed a fan­tas­tic foun­da­tion for the clin­i­cal experts to expand and update.

The team of sub­ject mat­ter experts (SME) con­sists of Leonie McLaugh­lin, Amy Shep­ard, Aman­da For­ti and Michelle Price as lead.

They are cur­rent­ly nut­ting out the new lay­out and being guid­ed by the CRANAplus learn­ing and design man­ag­er, Julie Moran. Julie’s ideas, frame­work and learn­ing strate­gies are sec­ond to none, and with her design, our SME’s con­tent and a whole lot of pas­sion and ded­i­ca­tion, the course is expect­ed to be more inter­ac­tive and moti­vat­ing than ever before.

This MEC (6th Edi­tion) will fea­ture the infor­ma­tion and evi­dence-based edu­ca­tion rel­e­vant to rur­al and remote nurs­ing in Aus­tralia that CRANAplus is renowned for, but with an inter­ac­tive and engag­ing for­mat that will instil knowl­edge and cre­ate thought-pro­vok­ing learning.

Once the online mod­ules are finalised, the work will start on the work­shop restruc­ture. This will ensure that the online mod­ules and work­shop com­ple­ment each oth­er beau­ti­ful­ly to enhance hands-on learn­ing, which is what the audi­ence has demanded.

After the vig­or­ous process of writ­ing, design­ing and inter­nal review is com­plete, the mate­r­i­al will be reviewed by an exter­nal team. It is hoped that this will val­i­date that what has been writ­ten is rel­e­vant and appro­pri­ate for the intend­ed audi­ence of rur­al and remote nurs­es and health care work­ers in Australia.

This will give the remote area nurs­es and oth­er health care providers that attend these cours­es the absolute key skills they require to be able to pro­vide care to preg­nant women in rur­al and remote Aus­tralia, in con­junc­tion with their mater­ni­ty care providers. It is esti­mat­ed that the mod­ules will be com­plete by June 2022, with a tri­al course to be announced in the sec­ond half of 2022.

Michelle Price
Remote Clin­i­cal Edu­ca­tor
Mid­wifery Stream

Find out more about our Mater­ni­ty Emer­gency Care course.