Western Health's Combined Graduate Midwife/Nurse Plus Program aims to be stimulating, rewarding and a positive consolidation of practice as a professional Endorsed Nurse/Midwife. We are committed to the facilitation of the continuing development of the beginning practitioner in a learning organisation. Supported by the clinical expertise of educators, clinical support midwives, colleagues, mentors and a structured education program. This program consists of study sessions which focus on clinical decision making and clinical skills, the management of women throughout the continuum of care and professional practice.
Must be completing an Undergraduate Double degree in Nursing and Midwifery in 2020
Must hold a practicing certificate with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) by 2021
Must not have undertaken any other Midwifery or Nursing Graduate Program
Program duration for the Combined Graduate Nurse/Midwife Plus Program will be as follows:
The Combined Graduate Nurse/Midwife Plus Program is a 2 year program:
Year One – early career supported program rotating across the continuum of pregnancy care and a Nursing Unit
Year Two – undertaking two theoretical postgraduate equivalent subjects and options for additional rotations
This Program is offered at 64hrs per fortnight (0.84FTE).
Major rotations - Birthing and Postnatal (short but often)
Short rotations approx. 4 weeks - Antenatal Clinic, Maternity Assessment Centre (MAC)
Nursing Rotation – 4 month rotation to a Nursing Unit at Western Health
Annual leave – 4 weeks pre allocated in program
Minimum of two supernumerary shifts will be provided at the commencement of each new rotation.
A team of Nursing/Midwifery Educators, Clinical Response Support Midwives (working 24/7) and ward nurse/midwives are available to guide and support in the clinical setting.
Education Manager/graduate program coordinator and Line managers are available for support to all graduates.
Satisfactory clinical hours (minimum 64hrs/fortnight)
Completion of Clinical Hurdles each rotation
Satisfactory Performance Development Review
Development and delivery of a project for Professional Development (in nursing or midwifery rotation)
Participation in Graduate Study Days
A certificate will be presented on successful completion of the Graduate Midwife Program
4 Days orientation for all graduates at commencement of program
3 Allocated professional development days
1 Graduate Study Day
These study days aim to prepare graduates for commencement in the organisation, ensure competencies are met and practice development addressed and enhance knowledge and bridge the theory to practice gap.