Directors of Nursing & Midwifery: Supporting Midwives in the Workplace: Culture, Burnout and Staff Retention - 19 May at 12:30pm (AEST)


The focus of the web conference is on supporting midwives in the workplace; culture, burnout and staff retention

Assoc Professor Christine Catling will be outlining her work that has been investigating elements of the midwifery workplace culture for the last five years and will present the development of her cluster randomised controlled trial investigating Clinical Supervision in midwifery.

She hopes to draw attention to the need for support for midwives in the workplace, and the flexibility and creativity necessary to make this happen.

It is understood that midwifery workforce in Australia is impacted by shortages and attrition. Workplace culture affects midwives' intentions to stay in the profession and their capacity to provide woman-centred care for mothers and infants.

So how can we enhance workplace culture within maternity units to improve safety, quality of care, and also stem the attrition of midwives?There are no quick fixes but one piece of the puzzle is Clinical Supervision providing “protected time”  for midwives to reflect on their practice and support their emotional wellbeing.

About the presenters:

Assoc Professor Christine Catling is a midwifery academic and an NHMRC Research Fellow at UTS.  Her previous role was as Director of Midwifery Studies. Having been a midwife for 27 years (11 of them in academia), her research interests lie in how the workplace supports midwives to thrive and work together collegially in order to provide high quality, woman-centred care.

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