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Midwife and baby


Midwifery GradStart positions are being offered in the following locations for 2024:

  • Grafton Base Hosptial 
  • Lismore Base Hospital
  • The Tweed Hospital, this includes our newly built Tweed Valley Hospital

Rotations include:

  • Antenatal Clinic
  • Birth Unit
  • Postnatal Ward with opportunity for Midwifery in the Home
  • Special Care Nursery

We offer graduate temporary full-time positions, temporary for 12 months. Graduates work a 7-day rotating roster, including the requirement to work morning, evening and night shifts.

Orientation and Educational Support

All graduate midwives will attend a three-day orientation to the Northern NSW Local Health District. 

You will receive an additional two days orientation to the Maternity Service – Women’s Care Unit where you will meet the amazing team of midwives and become familiar with where you will be working for the next 12 months. 

During your orientation period you will be given a plan for the 12 months. You will have some supernumerary time in each new area to become familiar with the location as well as be supervised in the clinical practice expectations. 

As part of our Mentoring in Midwifery program, you will be allocated a mentor. They may not necessarily be working beside you but will be someone you can meet with to reflect on your practices for those celebrations as well as for learning opportunities. 

There will be opportunities to attend a number graduate study days (4 in total) throughout the year. The study days will include the mandatory Perinatal Safety Education required for foetal and maternal safety. There may be the opportunity for additional study days depending on areas of interest and skill development. 

You can also request to attend other education sessions offered at other Maternity facilities across the District. We offer many of these sessions virtually to enable you to attend sessions without travelling. 

Your on-going clinical education and support is provided by the whole Maternity team including the midwives, Clinical Midwifery Educator, Clinical Midwifery Specialists, Clinical Midwifery Consultants and Obstetricians. As a team, we are committed to providing you with the best transition possible into the Midwifery profession. 

After your 12-month contract we encourage you to apply for available permanent positions to continue your experience with our NNSWLHD Maternity Service.