The requirements for midwives to re-enter practice are determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), and may include a period of supervised practice. For further information on re-registration, see the NMBA Re-entry to Practice Policy and the Framework for the assessment of nursing and midwifery applicants for re-entry to practice.

NSW Health offers re-entry to midwifery scholarships to help previously registered midwives to re-enter practice in the NSW public health system through supervised practice. The scholarship is linked to subsequent employment and is paid to the local health district/specialty network (LHD/SN) to support a period of supervised practice. Up to $10,000 is available to LHD/SN for each applicant. If provisional registration (with conditions) has been awarded by the NMBA, the applicant may be employed during this period.

Eligibility criteria

  • You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • You must be in receipt of a letter from the NMBA advising the requirement to undertake an NMBA approved re-entry to practice pathway
  • A suitable position must be identified and available in the LHD/SN
  • You must agree to employment in a permanent full or part time position in the NSW public health system for a period of two years (minimum 16 hours per week)
  • Ability to meet NSW Health pre-employment screening checks

How to apply

  • Once you have received a formal letter of advice from the NMBA regarding the requirement to undertake supervised practice, contact the nursing and midwifery workforce manager in the LHD/SN where you would like to be employed to discuss employment opportunities.
  • If a suitable employment opportunity exists, and you agree to accept an offer of employment as per conditions above, the LHD/SN will contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office to progress your application.

For further information please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office, NSW Ministry of Health, on (02) 9391 9528.

Page Updated: Thursday 2 April 2020
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