Midwife intake numbers hold up

MIDWIFE intake numbers have not been affected by a controversial switch from post-graduate to undergraduate credentials, the Hunter’s health service has said.

Hunter New England Health said 12 midwife graduates started work with the service this year, which was on par with previous years.

The Newcastle Herald reported in 2010 there was outrage among nursing students after the University of Newcastle unexpectedly changed its midwifery qualification from a nursing degree combined with a post-graduate diploma to an undergraduate midwifery degree.

This meant that many would have to start study again.

There are currently six midwife jobs being advertised at Hunter New England Health.

Health service nursing and midwifery director Karen Kelly said the service still accepted both sets of qualifications.

Twelve new graduates had already started this month with more new staff expected before the end of the year.

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