“Midwives save lives. Well-trained midwives could help avert roughly two thirds of all maternal and newborn deaths, according to the most recent State of the World’s Midwifery report” (UNFPA, 2021).
Ms. Eleni Kata is the coordinator of the postgraduate midwifery program. Prior to commencing her journey in nursing education, Ms. Kata spent 24 years as a nurse and midwife, exiting from government service in 2005 in a leadership role at the Lautoka Maternity Unit’s Ante Natal Clinic. She joined the College in 2006, and has so far had 12 years of experience in academia, most of which has been around coordinating the Midwifery program. Ms. Kata is a Fiji registered midwife, and apart from coordinating the program, she is also the Director of the College. Her academic qualification includes Bachelor of Nursing Science (Post registration) from James Cook University, Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery from Latrobe University (Melbourne) and Master of Midwifery (Coursework) from Flinders University (South Australia). Her passion for midwifery is endless and is currently undertaking a UNFPA-supported program that specifically focusses on curriculum development and review. She is a member of the Northern Division Midwifery Society which is affiliated to the Fiji Midwifery Society. As the Director of the College, she is a member of the Fiji Nursing Council, and a member of the Industry Standards Advisory Committee (ISAC) on the National Certificate in Aged Care and Community Care (Level 3), which is accredited by the Fiji Higher Education Commission.