A demographic snapshot of midwives in Victoria Academic Article uri icon


  • Midwifery in Victoria has experienced significant change over the last twenty years. Over more recent years, midwifery workforce issues have become prominent with studies highlighting an ageing midwifery population and a high proportion of part time employment. During a study conducted in 2005 that explored midwives' attitudes to online and computer based learning the demographic data proved to warrant more detailed analysis. This paper presents a discussion on that data. Participants for the study were drawn from the membership of the Australian College of Midwives (ACM) Victorian branch. However, while the sample was small (n=169), the findings presented in the paper add to the existing body of knowledge around the midwifery workforce in Victoria. They reinforce that the midwifery workforce remained an ageing one, predominantly female, and a significant percentage were employed on part time or casual bases. With graduates emerging from recently introduced undergraduate midwifery programs, it is argued that it is timely for larger studies of the midwifery workforce to be conducted. Studies should seek to explore a range of factors such as reasons why midwives are choosing not to work in full time employment.

publication date

  • December 2008

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