VU midwifery graduate Andy Ackerly is passionate about providing women with the highest level of care. He attributes his practical learning and placements with his confidence and career success.
“As a 15 year old I had the privilege of being in the birth suite with my older sister. I didn’t know it at the time, but that would be the impetus for my becoming a midwife.
VU is a diverse university. They offer places to people from all different backgrounds, particularly first-generation higher-education seekers.
All of the theoretical learning at VU is followed by clinical placements that expose students to potential future workplaces. So, I could consolidate my learning and develop the necessary practical skills – a very important step in the process.
During placement, the employers get to know you and watch your development. You are already a familiar face to them by the time you are applying for positions.
I am currently employed as a midwife with Western Health. Some women are surprised to see a male midwife, but I help them to relax quickly and they are happy in my care. I’m working as a case-load midwife, with a focus on continuity of care.
I love working in an environment mostly dominated by the opposite gender. Women have so much strength and bravery, it is a privilege to work alongside that.”