Friday, April 4, 2008

Placements for overseas student midwives in New Zealand

Another question I get asked frequently is from student midwives who live overseas and who want to come to New Zealand for short placements.

On the whole I am fairly unhelpful, mostly for selfish reasons. One of my jobs is to organize placements for students here in New Zealand and I find it a challenge at the best of times. We only have a small population of midwives here and it can be very difficult to find quality placements with midwives who provide excellent support and teaching, as well as the numbers of births that the students require. So having foreign students here contesting these placements only adds to the pressure I face.

But my selfish motivations aside, here is the advice I normally give students from overseas.
  1. Contact the New Zealand College of Midwives and ask for their advice about how to organize a placement.
  2. Plan to come in December/January when midwifery and medical students are generally on holiday. Having said that, the academic year for student midwives is about to become longer so that will reduce the window of opportunity for overseas students.
  3. Contact the big general hospitals in places like Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch who may be more likely to be able to place students in hospital wards. But be mindful that that will not give you an all-round feel for midwifery practice in New Zealand compared to hospital practice in countries like the UK.
If you have any other advice for overseas students, please feel free to drop me a comment. I am also happy to hear from you if you think I am being rude and unhelpful!

Image: 'New Zealand / Beach near Dunedin'


Anonymous said... you have any tips? I have pre registration status with the NZCOM; am required to do a clinical competance assesment w/ student status. I am in contact with the recruiter whom I learned about the need for Overseas midwives but would love some guidance if you have time( know you are in Canberra now)Thank you! FB freind- Virginia Sushila CPM USA ps my god son plays on the Canberra baseball team!

Sarah Stewart said...

Hi Virginia, I am a tad you want to be a student in NZ, or are you already a midwife and want to register in NZ?

Sarah Stewart said...

If you want to be a student midwife in New Zealand, the best advice is to contact the schools of midwifery. If you're on FB, start with talking to Car9olyn Macintosh who runs the Otago School of Midwifery FB page: