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What is a Midwife?

A Midwife is a qualified professional, trained and committed to providing care, education, advice and support to women and their families during pregnancy, labour and birth, and the early postnatal period.

Midwifery in WSLHD

In 2017, more than 10,500 babies were born at WSLHD hospitals. This represents a 13.7% increase from 2007, when there were 9,126 babies born.
The care we provide ranges from Midwifery-led continuity of care models for women with normal pregnancies, right through to the highly collaborative team care required for women experiencing complexity in their pregnancy or high risk Fetal conditions.
All of these models of care are underpinned by the philosophy of woman-centred care, best clinical practice and empowerment of women to participate in decisions about their own care. The right care, at the right time, in the right place for all women.

Becoming a Midwife

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is a tertiary sector qualification for Registered Nurses to become Registered Midwives and hold dual registration with APHRA, and be able to work anywhere in Australia as a Registered Midwife
WSLHD offers employment for Graduate Diploma of Midwifery students for a period of 12 months. During this time you will be given the opportunity to experience a broad range of clinical situations within Midwifery practice, which will allow you to gain the clinical knowledge and skills that will be required to complete the clinical components of your degree and to register as a midwife in Australia.
You will be employed as a Registered Nurse/Student Midwife on a 12 month temporary contract, 32 hours per week, 7 day rotating roster, at your current RN level pay rate.

Positions are available at three of our hospitals.

  • Auburn
  • Blacktown
  • Westmead

Application Processes

There are two separate application processes to this program that you must complete:


Auburn Hospital Maternity Services

Auburn Hospital is a small low risk unit providing care for an array of culturally and linguistically diverse women. Approximately 1400 women birth at Auburn each year, and this number is increasing.
Midwives working at Auburn Hospital have the opportunity to work in all areas of maternity services, including; antenatal clinic, birth unit, postnatal and newborn care.

You can download a copy of this information here.

Midwifery Blacktown Hospital

Blacktown Hospital is a leading tertiary hospital affiliated with University of Western Sydney, University of Technology Sydney, Sydney University and Charles Sturt University's. Situated west of Sydney, Blacktown is easily accessed by public transport.
With a birth rate of greater than 3200 per year, and with projections for population growth, a major expansion of existing services to meet increasing demand is well underway.
The Division of Women’s & Children’s provides collaborative models of care based on the philosophy of women and family centered care. The focus of our service is culturally sensitive care, support and education in partnership with women, their families and their community.

Blacktown Hospital has the support of a Clinical Midwifery Consultant, Infant Feeding Consultant, Midwifery Educator and Clinical Midwifery/Nurse Educators in Antenatal Services, Maternity Unit and Newborn Special Care Nursery.
A comprehensive orientation program is provided in each area along with clinical support and preceptorship from the Clinical Educators and Midwifery staff.

The clinical template is designed to meet the required clinical hours and follow-through experience mandated by the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency, for successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery and Bachelor of Midwifery Programs. Clinical experience will be provided in the following;
  • Outreach Midwives Clinics
  • Adolescent Support Services
  • Parent Education
  • Aboriginal Support Services
  • Antenatal Day Assessment Unit
  • Maternity Ward (combined Antenatal/ Postnatal)
  • Midwifery Group Practice
  • Birth Unit
  • Midwifery@Home Service
  • Newborn Special Care Nursery
  • Early Pregnancy Assessment Service


For more information contact:
Gracie Borg Phone: 0419446946

You can download a copy of this information here.

Westmead Hospital Women’s and Newborn Health

Westmead Hospital provides an excellent opportunity for student midwives to train in a level 6 tertiary institution. Westmead currently has the highest birthing rate in NSW with over 5,500 births annually, which makes for excellent learning opportunities that students can carry with them throughout their career.

Here at Westmead, we offer rotations through Maternity, Birthing Unit, and Women’s health Ward, High Risk Antenatal Care, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and a variety of Models of Care provided to women during the antenatal period, including a Day Assessment Unit.

Student midwives are provided with many learning opportunities at Westmead. We provide fortnightly education sessions to facilitate learning. You will also be supported by Clinical Midwifery Educators on every ward, including 2 after hours Clinical Midwifery Educators for out of hours learning opportunities.

We work closely with your chosen University to provide a well-rounded, supportive education journey.

Karen Johns
Midwifery Educator (A)
Women’s and Newborn Health
Westmead hospital
Phone: 8890 4623

You can download a copy of this information here.



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