Griffith’s internationally acclaimed Bachelor of Midwifery program has been recognised with a prestigious 2017 Australian Award for University Teaching (AAUT) for Programs that Enhance Learning.

The award was announced at the Department of Education and Training’s Australian Awards Presentation Ceremony in Melbourne.

It was one of two AAUT awards won by Griffith with the Griffith Community Internship Program receiving recognition in the Student experiences and services supporting learning, development and growth in higher education

The Federal Minister for Education and Training the Honourable Simon Birmingham MP acknowledged the innovative and outstanding contribution which Griffith’s Midwifery program has made to the quality of student learning and experience.

“The range of programs acknowledged this year have set a benchmark for ongoing learning and teacher activities in Australian higher education institutions,” Senator Birmingham said.

Led by Head of Midwifery, Professor Jenny Gamble, Griffith’s Midwifery program was singled out for its excellence in delivering innovation, flexibility, and quality in curricula in both learning and teaching.

“Having a clear vision about what our teaching and learning program should be while also being adaptive with new technologies has been instrumental in achieving our goals.

“But underpinning everything is an unshakeable clear commitment to putting the woman at the centre of care and this commitment has guided the development of our learning and teaching programs, “Professor Gamble said.

Pro Vice Chancellor (Health) Professor Sheena Reilly said the Bachelor of Midwifery program is blazing a trail in the University’s Health teaching programs.

“It is one of the earliest Griffith Health Group programs to fully adopt innovative blended learning technology and to focus on continuous care and institute novel methods in which students can access theoretical content in a meaningful and purposeful way while remaining engaged in their clinical learning.”

(left to right) Dr Kathleen Baird, Professor Jennifer Fenwick, Professor Jenny Gamble, Tania Fleming, Janice Bass, Associate Professor Mary Sidebotham.

Griffith’s School of Nursing and Midwifery is internationally recognised and is currently ranked at number 14 in the Shanghai Rankings, while it is placed number 34 in the 2017 QS Rankings.