Western Health's Graduate Midwife Program aims to be stimulating, rewarding and a positive consolidation of practice as a professional Endorsed 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 degree in Midwifery or Double degree in Nursing/Midwifery in 2022
Must hold a practicing certificate with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) by 2023
Must not have undertaken any other Midwifery or Nursing Graduate Program
The Graduate Midwife Plus Program is a 2 year program:
Year One - early career supported program rotating across the continuum of pregnancy care
Year Two - undertaking two theoretical postgraduate equivalent subjects and options for additional rotations
This program is offered at 64 hrs per fortnight (0.84 FTE)
Major rotations approx. 16-24 weeks - Birthing and Postnatal (short but often)
Short rotations approx 2-4 weeks - Antenatal Clinic, Special Care Nursery, Maternity Assessment Centre (MAC)
Bacchus Marsh Hospital - Joan Kirner Women's and Children's Hospital rotation – elective rotation to respective hospital for 3 months
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 Midwifery Educators, Clinical Support Midwives and ward 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.
Criteria for Completion
Satisfactory clinical hours (minimum 64hrs/fortnight)
Completion of Clinical Hurdles each rotation
Satisfactory Performance Development Reviews
Development and delivery of a project for Professional Development
Participation in Graduate Study Days
The aim of this program is to 'bridge' any gaps in individual practice; developing skills and clinical proficiency in key areas across the spectrum of maternity care. Utilizing and building upon prior learning and experience, the Bridging Program intends to assist the participant to become a valuable member of the midwifery workforce whilst working towards being fulfilled with one's own clinical capabilities.
Early Career Applicants:
Must hold a practicing certificate with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Meets one or more of the following:
Post Graduate Applicants:
This is a program for those who have already completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Midwifery and wish to enter the workforce as a Registered Midwife.
A team of Midwifery Educators, Clinical Support Midwives and ward 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.Criteria for Completion
A certificate will be presented on successful completion of the ProgramStudy Days