Doctor of Philosophy candidate
How can we provide better midwifery education? That’s the interesting topic Qorinah Estiningtyas Sakilah Adnani is exploring through her PhD research.
“My study aims to provide a better understanding of the experiences of those involved in midwifery education, and the barriers and enablers to enhancing midwifery education in Indonesia,” says Qorinah who came to AUT as an international student from Indonesia.
“I’m a registered midwife and have worked in midwifery education for more than twelve years. I believe it’s vital that Indonesia produces research that explores how to strengthen its midwifery education and the quality of graduates. That’s one of the elements contributing to improved maternal and neonatal health. My research findings will help to deepen our understanding of how to improve midwifery education in Indonesia.”
Qorinah has already presented her research at a number of international midwifery conferences, including the Midwifery Symposium in Auckland, the Australian College of Midwives Conference at Charles Darwin University in Darwin, the 10th Annual Virtual International Day of the Midwife, 12th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery in Cairns, the International Midwifery Scientific Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) Combined Regional Conference for the Eastern Mediterranean, South East Asia and Western Pacific Regions in Dubai.
She also attended the National Conference of the Australian College of Midwives in Perth, presenting her abstract ‘Partnerships to strengthen midwifery education: findings from a qualitative study in Indonesia’, published in Women and Birth.
Excellence in teaching and learning
She was attracted to AUT by the reputation of its midwifery department, says Qorinah who received a scholarship from the Indonesian government to support her studies.
“The midwifery department at the AUT South Campus is known as a world-class provider of midwifery education. AUT is also the home of the Centre for Midwifery and Women’s Health Research, and my supervisors are the people in charge of this centre. It just made sense to complete my PhD at AUT.”
Qorinah says she would highly recommend this programme to other postgraduate students interested in research in midwifery.
“I would highly recommend the PhD and often promote AUT’s midwifery programmes to colleagues and people I meet. In my view, one of the best things about going overseas is that it broadens the horizons, and offers the chance to meet people from different backgrounds, creeds and cultures. AUT offers a great student experience, and New Zealand is a very multicultural country.”
A supportive community of researchers
She loves the supportive environment AUT offers for postgraduate and research students, Qorinah says.
“Being an international PhD student can be challenging, especially if you have English as a second language. Fortunately, AUT provides a supportive environment to boost my skills as a novice qualitative researcher. For example, AUT has various workshops for postgraduate students at all stages of their PhD.
“At the South Campus, we also have a friendly PhD club where we can share about all aspects of the PhD journey. Through this club I met PhD students from different disciplines and countries. AUT also holds the annual Postgraduate Symposium, which is a great opportunity to present and share your work with our peers and gain a positive feedback.”
She also appreciates the guidance from her supervisors, Qorinah says.
“Both of my supervisors, Associate Professor Judith McAra-Couper and Dr Andrea Gilkison, are fantastic. They’ve been encouraging and supportive from the first time I contacted them, and I feel privileged to be accompanied by such incredible and enthusiastic people on my journey through the PhD.”