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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. (Australian College of Midwives)

Midwifery in WSLHD

Due to the fast growing birth rate, midwives working in our services provide care for women and their families of approximately 10,000 babies a year, with projections that it will continue to rise in the years to come.

We aim to provide the right care, at the right time, in the right place for all women and their families.

The type of care we provide ranges from Midwifery-led continuity of care models for women with normal pregnancies, right through to the highly collaborative interdisciplinary team care required for women experiencing complexity in their pregnancy or high risk Fetal conditions.

All of our care is underpinned by the philosophies of woman-centred care, best clinical practice and empowerment of women to participate in decisions about their own healthcare.

Becoming a Midwife

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is a tertiary sector qualification for Registered Nurses to become Registered Midwives, hold dual registration with APHRA, and be able to work anywhere in Australia as a Registered Midwife

WSLHD offers clinical placements 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 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 provides comprehensive midwifery-led care for low-risk women and their families, delivering family-centred care to an array of culturally and linguistically diverse women. Auburn midwives work collaboratively with the obstetrics and gynaecology team, interpreters, physiotherapists, social work and various other sub-specialties to provide inclusive and individualised care for women and their families.

Approximately 1,500 women birth at Auburn Hospital each year, and this number is steadily increasing.

Student midwives working at Auburn Hospital will have the opportunity to work in all areas of maternity services, including Antenatal Clinic, Birth Unit, Postnatal Ward, Newborn Care and our Community Midwifery Unit. Due to the small and low risk nature of our facility, students will have the unique opportunity to develop core midwifery skills in normal birth, partake in care of assisted births and work to develop as independent practitioners in a supportive and nurturing environment. Students will also have exciting opportunities to participate in current research projects being undertaken at Auburn Hospital Maternity Services.

At Auburn, we work closely with students and their universities to support professional growth and development of all students. Students at Auburn and will be provided with an array of clinical and theoretical learning opportunities, including regular in-services, drills and simulations, and opportunities for practical skill development.

If you would like more information please contact:
Roisin McGeough
Clinical Midwifery Educator (A)
Auburn Hospital
8759 3544


Midwifery Blacktown Hospital


The Women’s and Children’s Health Services at Blacktown provide comprehensive care for women that is based upon the principles of being woman/person-centred and putting the individual at the heart of all that we do in caring for all our community members.

With over 3700 births per year, Blacktown Maternity services have recently moved into new state of the art facilities which include modern postnatal care and birthing rooms (most with birthing pools) and expanded newborn care services for babies who need extra support.

Midwifery students have the opportunity to experience a diverse range of care models with rotations through all areas of the Maternity Service.

Students will have the support of senior clinical staff and Clinical Midwifery Educators in all areas including afterhours support. We work closely with our University partners to ensure your clinical requirements are met.

If you would like more information please contact:
Gracie Borg


Westmead Hospital Women’s and Newborn Health

Women & Newborn Health at Westmead Hospital provides comprehensive care for a large local community of women and their families. We are also a level 6 state-wide tertiary referral Maternity service, that provides care for women experiencing complex pregnancy and /or high risk fetal conditions.

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 supported learning opportunities at Westmead. You will 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.

If you would like more information please contact:
Karen Johns
Midwifery Educator
Women’s and Newborn Health
Westmead hospital
8890 4623



Meet Your WSLHD Midstart Team

Ros Tobin: Midwifery Educator, Westmead Hospital & WSLHD

Ros began her career as a Registered Nurse in 1980 and became a Registered Midwife two years later. She has worked in a variety of hospitals as a Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife before joining Westmead Hospital as a Clinical Midwifery Educator in 2001. Ros worked in the Maternity ward as Clinical Educator before being appointed to the full-time role of Midwifery Educator in 2011.

Ros continued her formal education with a postgraduate degree in Education & Training and a Master of Nursing Leadership. Ros is passionate about professional development of clinicians in a supportive and nurturing environment, encouraging them to explore the many opportunities that are available to provide safe person-centred care and to make a clinician’s own career aspirations possible.


Karen Johns: Midwifery Educator, Westmead Hospital

Karen Johns commenced her nursing career as a Registered Nurse in 1992. She has worked in a variety of clinical areas including the Emergency Department, surgical and medical wards. In 1993, Karen commenced her Graduate Diploma in Midwifery with the University of Sydney at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital. She has over 25 years of Birth Unit experience and has been involved in Midwifery education for 10 years, initially at Auburn Hospital as a Clinical Midwifery Educator then moving to Westmead as a Midwifery Educator in 2016.

Karen has post graduate qualifications in Midwifery, Child and Family Health, and practised as an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant for 10 years.

Karen is passionate about Midwifery, supporting women, education, and supporting student midwives and newly graduated midwives. As a Midwifery Educator at Westmead Hospital, she strives to create a supportive and nurturing environment for student midwives and new graduates.


Gracie Borg: Midwifery Educator, Blacktown Hospital

Gracie Borg is a passionate and highly experienced midwife who has had an extensive career working in all areas of midwifery.  Gracie has a strong focus on woman centred care and midwifery education. Gracie works closely with students, new graduates, and university partners to ensure and foster a supportive educational environment to facilitate clinicians to be able to learn and grow into excellent Midwives. Gracie is also committed to safe and high-quality midwifery care.


Roisin McGeough: Acting Clinical Midwifery Educator, Auburn Hospital

Roisin became a Registered Nurse in 1988, and completed her midwifery training in London in the early 1990’s. She has worked in a variety of roles in midwifery, including a Clinical Midwifery Educator for 5 years.

Roisin was an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant from 2004-2009 and has completed a Graduate Certificate in Special Care of the Newborn. Roisin believes that we never stop learning, and we are all educators for staff and families alike, and that helping families thrive is one of the most gratifying parts of midwifery. She also has a passion for improving the thoroughness of scribing in an emergency.


Jo Masri, Clinical Midwifery Educator, Auburn Hospital

Jo Masri 

Clinical Midwifery Educator at Auburn Hospital gives a brief overview of the MidStart clinical program requirements and how the educators and midwives support Registered Nurse/Student Midwives in WSLHD hospitals.

Shaymah Fatfat, Registered Midwife, Westmead Hospital

Shaymah Fatfat 

Registered Midwife at Westmead Hospital shares some experiences from her MidStart year and reflects on what being a midwife means to her.

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