The places you can go with midwifery

06/Dec/2020     Health

When Michele became a midwife in the early nineties she never imagined her career would take her to Project Manage the development of a multimillion-dollar health care centre but, thanks to the many training and upskilling opportunities at Mater she was able to make her mark on an asset in the community.

Michele began her training as a midwife at Mater Mothers’ South Brisbane before travelling around Australia working in paediatrics and child health, she is now the Nurse Unit Manager of Mater Mother's Private Townsville.

"The thing I love most about midwifery is that you get to see a woman throughout her healthcare journey, the roles in midwifery can be so varied from birth suites, working on the wards, neonatal critical care, outpatients and even home visits," Michele said.

"After many years in midwifery I stepped away from nursing for ten years while I had my children and bought a cattle station outside of Charters Towers, but I knew I had to come back to the role, so I did in 2013.

"My goal was to expand my skills and knowledge so Mater encouraged me to complete my MBA and supported my intern position on the Townsville Emerging Leaders Program. This gave me the qualifications to be the Project Manager for the brand new $52 million Mercy Centre which opened at Mater Private Hospital Townsville Pimlico Campus."

Michele describes working on the Mercy Centre as one of the most rewarding, challenging and diverse roles she has ever had.

"I never thought a career in midwifery could lead me here, but that's the wonderful thing about the specialty, it changes and evolves. I have had the opportunity to work on a project that will have a positive impact on the Townsville community for generations to come," Michele said.

“I am extremely proud of the new facility and the healthcare our highly skilled multidisciplinary teams are able to provide the people of North Queensland. We have a tight knit happy team, we have very experienced midwives who are able to teach and mentor our younger team members.

"Working for Mater provides unique opportunities not many other hospitals can provide as Mater is now the largest not for profit Catholic health care provider in the country birthing over 12 000 babies each year and now 1 in 5 children born in Queensland are born in a Mater Hospital.”

Michele says since Mater Townsville joined forces with South Brisbane, Redland, Springfield, Rockhampton, Mackay and Bundaberg there are plenty of opportunities to work all around Queensland and transfer easily.

“There are also plenty of opportunities for upskilling, retraining and further education which is a testament to the organisation’s commitment to the continuous improvement and mentorship of their clinical staff,” Michele said.

“It’s a wonderful place to work, whether you are leading the development of a health care facility which will impact the community for generations to come or holding a newborn baby in your arms and watching them take their first breath, it’s a career that keeps on giving.”

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