The program is designed to assist public hospitals to provide confident midwifery staff. The aim of the program is to assist the midwife to update and expand his/her knowledge and skills in identified areas of midwifery practice to benefit both the employing health service and the midwife.
Midwives who are currently registered with NMBA and who demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the recency of practice and continuing professional development standards. The applicant needs to have current employment in a WA Department of Health maternity service as a midwife, and written support of his/her employer with an identified need for the organization and the individual.
The program provides opportunity to expand knowledge and skills in identified areas of midwifery practice.
The midwife is offered the opportunity to attend KEMH for two weeks full-time clinical practice. Preparation may include completion of selected self-directed learning.
KEMH may be able to support up to four midwives (not concurrently) per year for two weeks each.
Email expression of interest to the Midwifery Educator, Return to Practice Programs. A completed application with appropriate support by their health service manager with an identified need for both parties is essential. The application must be received at least 3 months prior to proposed date of attendance. This will then be considered on merit but is not a confirmation of place.
KEMH does not charge for this service; however the referring health service and the applicant are responsible for any financial, travel or accommodation expenses incurred. Participants undertaking the program are required to be indemnified by their own public health service via RiskCover. They must work within relevant legislation, organisational polices and guidelines and under the supervision of a midwife preceptor.
Contact: Midwifery Educator, Return to Practice Programs
Department of Nursing and Midwifery Education and Research
Tel: (08) 6458 3023
Fax: (08) 6458 1590
The purpose of the WA Health Refresher Pathway Connect (RPC) is to support midwives who wish to return to work across the continuum of midwifery practice in the hospital setting, in a paid employment-education model. The midwifery refresher pathway is available to midwives who have been out of clinical midwifery practice in a hospital setting for no more than five years.
Midwives who are currently registered with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and who can demonstrate that they meet the requirements of the recency of practice and continuing professional development standards to regain employment in midwifery.
The program is designed to provide the opportunity to refresh midwifery skills in a supportive environment, enabling a smooth transition back into a clinical midwifery setting with confidence and competence.
Participants must successfully complete:
Health sites recruit via Refresher Pathway Connect biannually. Applications open in February and August each year. The applicant selection and appointment process is based on merit as per WA public sector standards for recruitment and selection. Visit the Refresher pathways – nursing and midwifery on the Nursing and Midwifery webpage regularly for updates about the Refresher Pathway opportunities.
Please visit Nursing and Midwifery Office webpage for updates on refresher pathway opportunities in 2016, or register your interest via the Refresher Pathway Connect register (external site) to receive an email advising when applications will open in February 2016.
Online study modules are fully funded by the Nursing and Midwifery Office. Online course fees are free for Refresher Pathway participants who successfully complete all theoretical and clinical assessment components.