Nursing and Midwifery Office
Led by the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer, Ms Jennifer Hurley, the Nursing and Midwifery Office sets the strategic direction of nursing and midwifery professions in SA Health through engagement, partnership and collaboration with more than thirty three thousand (33,000) nurses and midwives working in private and public sectors, health care-related industries, education providers, as well as consumers and other stakeholders.
The Nursing and Midwifery Office is a part of the Office for Professional Leadership and works in an inter-professional collaborative model with the Chief Medical Officer’s Office and the Chief Allied and Scientific Health Advisor's Office.
The Nursing and Midwifery Office, is committed to the values of SA Health and supports the embedding of health reform priorities, culture, best practice and the provision of professional nursing and midwifery leadership.
The Nursing and Midwifery Office oversees the provision of professional nursing and midwifery advice and development of the nursing and midwifery professions within South Australia.
The Nursing and Midwifery Office is responsible for strategic professional leadership of the nursing and midwifery professions across SA Health and for the following key focus areas as they relate to the professions of nursing and midwifery:
- Professional and inter-professional partnerships
- Practice development
- Best practice standards
- Practice changing research
- Education, teaching and training
- Professional development
- Legislation and regulation
- Policy and consultation
- Workforce organisation
- Reporting and performance.
- SA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards
- The SA Premier’s Nursing & Midwifery Scholarships
- SA Health Study Assistance Program for Nurses and Midwives
- Country Health SA Local Health Network Scholarships
- Australian College of Nursing Scholarships
- SA Health Nursing and Midwifery Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses and Midwives (CATSINaM) Conference Scholarships
SA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards
The South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards (Awards) recognise and acknowledge the significant contribution that nurses and midwives make to their professions and the wider community through their practice.
The Awards are open to all nurses, midwives or nursing and midwifery teams working in a speciality area or health care environment. This includes those working in the public sector, private sector, primary health care, rural and remote, aged care, education, research or private practice who you feel deserve to be recognised for their excellence.
Nominations now open
Nominations for the 2019 Awards are now open!
To nominate and for more information, visit the Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards page.
The SA Premier’s Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships
The 2018/2019 Scholarships will be open for applications from Monday 16 October until 5.00 pm on Friday 8 December 2017.
The South Australian Premier’s Scholarships support nurses and midwives undertaking study tours focused on the discovery of innovative, evidence-based care initiatives that enhance professional practice, improve consumer care and community outcomes for all South Australians.
Awarded annually, there are five international Scholarships (each up to the value of $12,000), for overseas observational study tours.
SA Health Study Assistance Program for Nurses and Midwives
The SA Health Study Assistance Program Scholarships will be open for applications from Friday 8 December 2017 until close 5.00 pm, 23 February 2018.
Study assistance is awarded to Registered Nurses (RN), Registered Midwives (RM) and Enrolled Nurses (EN) who demonstrate a commitment to professional practice that is aligned to local health care priorities.
Awarded annually, study undertaken must lead to one of the following qualifications:
- EN – undertaking undergraduate nursing or midwifery studies (first year of study only)
- EN – Advanced Diploma or a Post Enrolment Certificate
- RN/RM – Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master’s Degree.
Priority areas for consideration will be:
- Critical Care, including Cardiology, Emergency Care, and Intensive Care
- Mental Health including perinatal mental health
For subsequent priority areas, please refer to the Study Assistance Program Scholarships frequently asked questions page.
Nursing and Midwifery Office Newsletter
The Nursing and Midwifery Office has launched a quarterly newsletter. The newsletter showcases nursing and midwifery practice, professional development opportunities, updates to policies and procedures and opportunities for feedback. Most importantly, the newsletter provides a platform to share achievements and the positive impact that nurses and midwives have across the state. This will be replacing monthly communiques.
The Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards special edition newsletter provides insight into the Awards night and showcases the Awards finalists and recipients.
- 2018 Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards special edition (PDF 4MB)
- June 2017 (Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards special edition) (PDF 2MB)
- June 2016 (Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards special edition) (PDF 5MB).
For further information please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office phone (08) 8226 0749.