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Nutrition education in Australian midwifery programmes: A mixed-methods study

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posted on 09.03.2018, 00:00 by J Arrish, H Yeatman, Moira Williamson
Little research has explored how nutrition content in midwifery education prepares midwives to provide prenatal nutrition advice. This study examined the nature and extent of nutrition education provided inAustralian midwifery programmes.Amixed-methods approach was used, incorporating an online survey and telephone interviews. The survey analysis included 23 course coordinators representing 24 of 50 accredited midwifery programmes in 2012. Overall, the coordinators considered nutrition in midwifery curricula and the midwife’s role as important. All programmes included nutrition content; however, eleven had only 5 to <10 hours allocated to nutrition, while two had a designated unit. Various topics were covered. Dietitians/other nutrition experts were rarely involved in teaching or reviewing the nutrition content. Interviews with seven coordinators revealed that nutrition education tended to be problem-oriented and at times based on various assumptions. Nutrition content was not informed by professional or theoretical models. The development of nutrition assessment skills or practical training for midwifery students in providing nutrition advice was lacking. As nutrition is essential formaternal and foetal health, nutrition education in midwifery programmes needs to be reviewed and minimum requirements should be included to improve midwives’ effectiveness in this area. This may require collaboration between nutrition experts and midwifery bodies.

History

Volume

2016

Start Page

1

End Page

12

Number of Pages

12

eISSN

2314-503X

ISSN

2314-5021

Publisher

Hindawi Publishing Corporation

Additional Rights

Copyright © 2016 Jamila Arrish et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Appribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

External Author Affiliations

University ofWollongong, Northfields Avenue,Wollongong,

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Biomedical Education

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CQUniversity

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