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Published on 23 October 2013

Dianne Leotta of Stanthorpe has secured a position in the maternity unit at the Toowoomba Base Hospital after completing a Master of Midwifery at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Diane, 50, who graduated from USC on Thursday 3 October, is now working as a registered midwife in the Toowoomba Midwifery Unit.

She said her Masters degree meant she was able to re-register as a midwife, consolidate her recent learning in midwifery, and add to her extensive experience in health.

Dianne completed midwifery training at the Royal Women’s Hospital Brisbane early in her career.

After that, she worked as a clinical nurse in the operating theatre at the Princess Alexandra Hospital as well as in cardiac research, injury prevention and patient safety at Royal Brisbane Women’s Hospital.

Until recently, she worked in general practice and community health services in Stanthorpe.

Dianne said she had enjoyed increasing her midwifery knowledge and skills as a student at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

“Every step of the way, USC staff and the academic team were approachable, informative and encouraging,” she said.

“The smaller class sizes made for a positive learning experience and encouraged both myself and my fellow postgraduate students to work and learn together.”

— Jessica Halls

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