Catherine Trinnick Wins Midwifery Excellence Award

Photo: Catherine Trinnick at PDH
Wednesday, 4 May 2016
Catherine Trinnick will receive a JR Medical Books Award for the best all-round excellence of academic results and clinical performance by a student in the Deakin University Graduate Diploma of Midwifery course.

The award is being presented at the Burwood Campus of Deakin University on May 5. The award also coincides with International Midwives Day.

Ms Trinnick completed her graduate diploma studies last year through the Burwood Campus of Deakin University, fulfilling a long-held ambition to work in midwifery. She earlier undertook her Diploma of Nursing at the Deakin University Warrnambool Campus.

She was able to complete most of her study remotely which allowed her to keep working at the same time.

The course has flexible delivery so there’s a large component online and through video conferencing so it fits it quite well when you're living away, she said.

Ms Trinnick said the course had been a good experience. I got consistently good results on my assignments and good feedback from my clinical supervisors and it's nice to get through and work in the field. I always wanted to do midwifery.

She had to complete about 600 hours of unpaid clinical placement during the course, in addition to her regular work.

While most of the additional work was in Portland, Ms Trinnick also chose to go to Melbourne to work for two weeks in the busy Dandenong hospital.

Because we're rural and don't have a high birth rate we don't see the high risk cases and the busy operations of a Melbourne hospital,she said. It was a real eye-opener.

She also spent time in a special care nursery in Geelong.

Ms Trinnick is part of an expanding team at Portland District Health which has recently returned to 24-7 on-site midwifery coverage.

Ms Trinnick said the course and the support of the team at Portland District Health gave her great confidence.

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