VU midwifery graduate Andy Ackerly is passionate about providing women with the highest level of care. He attributes his confidence and career success to the practical learning and placements he gained at VU.
“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.”