Oral health programs

Online Midwifery Initiated Oral Health Education program


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Seeking midwives working in antenatal care...

Dental Health Services Victoria is offering a limited number of training places to midwives working in antenatal care settings who want to update their skills and expand their knowledge and improve their service offered to pregnant women.

The Midwifery Initiated Oral Health Education Program equips midwives with the skills and confidence to include oral health in the first antenatal care appointment.

We are looking for teams of antenatal care midwives from maternity services who are willing to work towards including oral health in antenatal care and build better referral pathways for pregnant women to public and private dental services.

Due to the demand for this course and limitations of funding, midwives working in the following areas will be prioritised for funded places offered through the Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles initiative:

  • Koori Maternity Services (whether an Aboriginal Controlled Health Service or public hospital)
  • Grampians and Gippsland region
  • Brimbank, Whittlesea, Greater Dandenong, Casey and Cardinia Local Government areas.
Midwives involved in antenatal care from other areas in Victoria can express on interest as funding options can be discussed.

16 ACM endorsed Continuing Professional Development points for successful completion


First batch of midwives participating in Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles

Midwives who participated in the Victorian pilot of the MIOH course proudly displaying their certificates, together with: DHSV Board Chair, Mick Ellis; course developer, Dr Ajesh George; Hon. Wendy Lovell,Minister for Children and Early Childhood Development; Dr Deborah Cole, DHSV CEO (second row from left) and Dr Carole Gilmour, representing the Victorian Branch of the Australian College of Midwives (top row right) at the launch of the Healthy Families, Healthy Smiles initiative in February 2013.

This program was developed through the Centre for Applied Nursing Research, University of Western Sydney, Sydney and South Western Sydney Local Health District, Sydney Dental Hospital and Ingham Institute Applied Medical Research. It is endorsed by the Australian College of Midwives.

In line with the new National Clinical Practice Guidelines: Antenatal Care Module 1, the program focuses on oral health screening, education and referral for pregnant women.

The online course comprises three modules

Module 1: The oral health of pregnant women and of children
Background information and research into the current state of oral health in pregnant women and children.

Module 2: Anatomy and common oral diseases in pregnancy
Basic anatomy and physiology of the oral cavity and highlights how pregnancy can change this environment. It includes an overview of common oral diseases in pregnancy.

Module 3: Midwifery care guidelines for referral
Relates specifically to midwifery care and contains specific questions and guidelines for oral health assessment and referral.

How much time do I need?

  • Each module takes approximately four hours
  • Overall the program will take at least 14 to 16 hours and involves reading material, video and photographs of the oral assessment process as well as knowledge testing.

"All midwives should do this course. It’s so relevant to our practice," said one program graduate.

What are the benefits?
  • Improve your knowledge and understanding of the importance of oral health during pregnancy
  • Become familiar with the evidence
  • Develop the skills and confidence to provide oral health advice and support to pregnant women
  • Receive 16 CPD points upon successful completion of the course

What is involved?

  • Register an expression of interest for the online course below.
  • Be committed to complete the course within four months of accessing the online program.
  • You will need access to a computer with an internet connection, Windows XP (or later) and Adobe Acrobat.
  • Complete a pre and post-course questionnaire online.