Australian midwifery standards assessment tool: revalidation to the Midwife Standards for Practice 2018

Linda Sweet, Amanda Henderson, Julie Fleet, Kristen Graham, Deborah Fox, Rebekah Bowman, Lyn Ebert, Angela Bull, Janice Bass, Terri Downer, Maryam Bazargan

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Introduction: In Australia, midwifery education programs are required to use validated clinical assessment tools to evaluate students’ clinical performance. Assessment processes are required to ascertain that graduates meet the requisite professional standards for practice. In 2017 AMSAT was developed and validated with the aim of contributing to national consistency in midwifery graduate standards. In 2018 the midwifery competencies standards were superseded with the Midwife Standards for Practice. This led to a need to revise and revalidate AMSAT to the new standards for practice.

Aim: To examine and refine the language/expression in the AMSAT to reflect contemporary professional practice as detailed in the Australian Midwife Standards of Practice 2018.

Methods: Phase 1) Key stakeholders (40 midwives across nine partnering universities) and approximately 30 attendees at a midwifery education conference discussed and debated the wording and content of the AMSAT tool and behavioural cues via an iterative participatory process. A total of five workshops where held with each iteration verified through email.

Phase 2) Midwives who assess students in clinical practice scored student performance with the new AMSAT tool alongside existing tools. Feedback in the form of a brief survey explored whether the assessor found the AMSAT tool user-friendly. A total of 250 assessments will be collected across the nine universities

Validation is being conducted using AMSAT forms from multiple universities and across many midwifery practice settings/sites following consensus in the development of the expression contained within the newly developed AMSAT.

Results: Data collection and analysis will be completed by May 2019.

Conclusion and implications: By fulfilling requirements of reliability, validity, educational effect, acceptability and feasibility this tool will serve as a robust instrument to demonstrate student achievement, to meet national standards and educational quality frameworks.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen and Birth
Place of PublicationAustralia
Number of pages1
EditionSupplement 1
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019
EventThe power, passion and politics of midwifery: 2019 Australian College of Midwives National Conference - National Convention Centre, Canberra, Australia
Duration: 17 Sept 201919 Sept 2019


ConferenceThe power, passion and politics of midwifery
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  • midwifery education
  • Clinical assessment
  • students


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