Post Graduate Student Midwives
The Far West LHD is headquartered in Broken Hill. The population is dispersed across a large geographic area with the staff working in a variety in rural and remote settings at Tibooburra, Broken Hill, Wilcannia, Menindee, Ivanhoe, Wentworth and Balranald. The Base Hospital for the Far West LHD is Broken Hill, which is in far western NSW, 50 kms east of the South Australian border. Broken Hill Health Service is a major rural referral centre and provides a range of inpatient and outpatient services including emergency, general medical and surgical, mental health, maternity, gynaecology, paediatrics, renal dialysis, rehabilitation, critical care, diagnostic services, cancer care and palliative care. It also provides a wide range of primary and community health services.
Midwives provide a wellness model of care to women throughout their pregnancies, labour and delivery and during the first weeks after childbirth. Midwives deliver babies in hospitals and birthing centres. They provide support to new mothers, teaching them how to care for their newborns and educating them on breastfeeding.
The Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia, under the auspices of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APHRA) sets the competency standards for Midwives in NSW to ensure the highest levels of quality woman-centred care.
The Student Midwife programs are an employment model, whereby registered nurses complete a post graduate Diploma in Midwifery through distance education and intensive periods of theoretical study, while obtaining the required clinical experience working in a midwifery unit in one of our accredited training hospitals. Upon successful completion of the two components (midwifery practice and academic study) students are eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing& Midwifery Board of Australia.
The Student Midwife program is offered only at Broken Hill Health Service in Far West LHD.
The recruitment to midwifery student positions in most hospitals in NSW has occurred through a centralised online process facilitated by the Nursing and Midwifery Office (NaMO), NSW Health. Successful applicants will commence their employment in 2014. Applications for prospective midwifery students for 2014 open 3 July 2013 and close 14 August 2013 . Applicants must apply online via the NSW Health website. Interviews and selection will occur at each facility. Please visit the NSW Health website link at: www.health.nsw.gov.au/nursing
Mrs Elizabeth Bennett (MUM)
Maternity Unit: Broken Hill Health Service
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