Advancing in Maternity Safety (AIMS)

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We run approximately 12 courses a year all over Australia.

Who should attend?

A good grounding and experience in caring for women experiencing a normal pregnancy and birth are important to be able to get the most out of the knowledge and skills you will gain in the advanced Part 2 – Advancing in Maternity Safety (AIMS) Course. You must have completed at least one year of clinical experience in maternity care to be eligible to attend an Advancing in Maternity Safety (AIMS) Part 2 Course.

If you are still a midwifery or medical student, a PGY1 or PGY2 RMO or are yet to actively work in maternity care then you must complete the Preparation in Maternity Safety (PIMSCourse first,  and then  enrol to attend Advancing in Maternity Safety (AIMS) course subsequently.

Who benefits from the Advancing in Maternity Safety (AIMS) Course?

The course benefits midwives, general practitioners, obstetricians and obstetric registrars (PGY3 and above), and others who provide maternity care. One of the great strengths of AIMS is its inter-professional and multidisciplinary nature – doctors and midwives from varied backgrounds and levels learn together. We know that this network and socialising are key components in promoting collaboration, good communication and inter-professional trust required improve outcomes for women and their babies.

What are the Advancing in Maternity Safety (AIMS)  Course objectives?

Participants who successfully complete the course will be able to:

  • Effectively recognise and care for women experiencing emergencies and unexpected situations during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period in an evidence-based and systematic manner.
  • Have a deep understanding of the complexities of childbearing and how to care for women experiencing such challenges
  • Recognise the value of multidisciplinary working in maternity care and engage in working together

The ultimate aim of the course is to contribute to improving outcomes for women and their babies.

What is the Advancing in Maternity Safety (AIMS) Part 2 Course like?

The AIMS course is run over two days with a mixture of lectures and hands-on sessions, using life-like mannequins and simulation to support learning. Mnemonics are used to prompt appropriate responses in emergency situations. The ratio of participants to instructors is usually 4:1. The course ends with a written and practical examination and a certificate is awarded if the examinations are passed. The course earns you professional ongoing education points from your professional college. The course is taught by both doctors and midwives from across Australia working in small, large, remote and larger teaching hospitals.

What does the Advancing in Maternity Safety (AIMS) Course cover?

The material covered by the course manual is updated regularly as new evidence-based practice information becomes available.

Some of the clinical topics that are currently included are

  • First Trimester Pregnancy Complications
  • Medical Complications of Pregnancy
  • Assessing Fetal Welfare
  • Preterm Birth
  • Vaginal Bleeding in Late Pregnancy – Antepartum Haemorrhage
  • Labour Dystocia
  • Malpresentations and Malpositions
  • Assisted Vaginal Birth
  • Shoulder Dystocia
  • Postpartum Haemorrhage
  • The Clinically Deteriorating Woman
  • Maternal Resuscitation and Trauma
  • Sepsis
  • Neonatal Resuscitation
  • The effects of Emergencies on Families and Clinicians

 NOTE: Hard copies of the manual are available for an additional fee of $100, this includes postage and handling in Australia.


Points Allocations

RACGP QI & CPD 105865

  • 40 Cat 1



  • 10 Basic Life Support
  • 20 PRPD Points +
  • MOPS PRPD Anaesthetics = 30
  • MOPS PRPD O&G = 30
  • MOPS PRPD EM = 30



  • 15 CPD Points


ACM Accredited



  • 14 Hours


AIMS Course Fees:

Course fee $1,450.00AU per participant. This includes:

  • Two days of training
  • The AIMS online study notes
  • Lunch on both days, morning and afternoon tea

Group Bookings

For group bookings of 5 or more participants please contact or
call 02 9531 5655 to set your places aside. Please ensure your participants do not try to book individually for the course if they are part of a group booking as it doubles up in the system.