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Seventy delegates attended a stimulating and interesting study day of midwifery workshops, which forms part of an undergraduate module for midwifery students. Attendees comprised a range of students who included midwifery and osteopathy, midwifery practitioners and educators. Delegates participated in two complementary workshops; one led by an Italian midwife, Verena Schmidt who teaches and has written books about optimising the physiology of birth, and a French osteopath who also shares a passion for the physiology of pregnancy, childbirth and beyond, Ghislaine Gautreau.
Chinyere Agu and Olamide O Ayodele two international students from Nigeria, have been successfully awarded internships with Gold Mercury International. Both students are studying on the Master’s in Public Health course run by the Department of Social Work and Public Health at Oxford Brookes University. In addition Chinyere has also been awarded a scholarship for a short course in public health by the Johns Hopkins Fall Institute in Health Policy and Management in collaboration with the Universitat de Pompeau, Spain.
The Janki Foundation for Global Health Care lecture entitled "The Art and Science of Compassionate Care" was presented by Claire Chambers from the Department of Social Work and Public Health at Oxford Brookes University. Claire leads the Specialist Community Public Health Nursing in Health Visiting and School Nursing courses and the Community Specialist Practice courses in District Nursing and Community Children's Nursing and was invited as a guest speaker after Dadi Janki the founder of the Janki Foundation heard her being interviewed on Radio 4 in 2009.
Robb Kightley, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery received the award of ‘Investors in Education 2011’ on behalf of the School of Health and Social Care. It is given each year by the Oxfordshire Business Education Alliance to organisations that
support the education of young people in the local Oxford area.
The Alcohol, Smoking and Illicit Drugs Study Day took place on 24th June. It was organised by Dr Jan Fischer and aims to explore public health and social care issues around drinking, smoking and drug taking in contemporary society and addresses usage patterns, problems and common treatment options. It is a multiprofessional conference with speakers from research, health promotion and clinical practice backgrounds.
Congratulations to the Oxford Brookes University Midwifery programmes on passing stage two assessment to become accredited by the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) as Baby Friendly. Only Higher Education Institutions that have completed the BFI University Standards Programme and implemented best practice for breastfeeding education as well as passing external assessment are accredited with this prestigious award.
Georgina Holme, a 2nd year midwifery student at the School of Health and Social Care was one of only three midwifery students in the UK short-listed for the Pampers Student Vision Award at the 2010/2011 Royal College of Midwives Annual Midwifery Awards.