Midwives are always in demand in the Melbourne area and across Australia, and can find work in public or private hospitals, community health centres, and other healthcare facilities. Midwives may also work with nursing agencies, international aid agencies or be self-employed. Here we take a look at what it takes to be a Midwife in Australia and finding midwife jobs in Melbourne.
There are two main routes to midwifery qualification in Australia. The first is the Bachelor Degree of Midwifery, which is available in most states and consists of a three-year undergraduate degree. Learners must spend at least 50% of the program on clinical placements to be accredited.
The second is to complete a Bachelor of Nursing degree and then follow it up with a Graduate Diploma or Master of Midwifery. You will also be required to register with the APHRA in order to practice midwifery in Australia.
Are you considering a midwife job in Australia from overseas? Midwives from overseas are required to undertake 3 months of supervised practice prior receiving registration without limitations. Due to this, you cannot undertake work with the Australian Nursing Agency until the 3 months is completed. Once you have completed this period and carried out all other required registration and licensing, a nursing agency is a great place to find a midwife position in Australia.
In order to work as a midwife in the state of Victoria you must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
For more information on registration, contact:
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Once you’ve got your visa for Australia, you can save time looking for midwife jobs in Melbourne by applying for your license and registration before you arrive in Australia.
When you’re getting stuck into an industry overseas, it helps to be in the know about the governing bodies and contacts you may need. Here are some of the main industry contacts and organisations for midwives in Melbourne, Victoria.
The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) provide regulatory guidelines for the Australian nursing sector. ANMAC also conduct skills assessments for overseas trained nurses.
The Australian Nursing Federation is the union for nurses and also has a branch for Victoria.
The Royal College of Nursing is the top organisation for nurses. It hosts nursing expos and professional development workshops as well as engaging in lobbying on health policy issues.
Before you head out to Melbourne, you’ll want to make sure you’ve lined up everything you’re going to need to find a midwife job in Melbourne. Make sure your documents are all in order – evidence of degrees, personal identity documents, driver’s licence and so on. At the same time, make sure you have some up-to-date references and testimonials, or at least reliable contact information to get them. And it should go without saying, but make sure your CV is updated with all your relevant work experience – and make sure you have the relevant amount of experience needed in order to work as a midwife in Australia (those three months we mentioned before!). It’s always best to speak to an expert so contact a healthcare recruitment agency in Melbourne ahead of arrival.
This part will be familiar, as it’s the same in Australia as back home. You’ll want to look for midwife jobs in Melbourne using the Internet, and out there in the real world – but if that all sounds a bit long-winded then sign up with a healthcare recruitment agency as they’ll be able to do all the hard work for you.
Contact a healthcare recruitment agent
Melbourne is home to a number of hospitals and healthcare groups, including the Royal Women’s Hospital, Casey Hospital, and the Cabrini Organisation. You’ll also find independent midwifery organisations that operate alongside the hospitals. You may also want to keep an eye out for voluntary opportunities, if you can afford it or can combine it with paid work found through your healthcare recruitment agency in Melbourne.
Melbourne is an incredible city with lots to keep you entertained especially if you’re on a working holiday in Melbourne. From tons of bars and restaurants to being on the doorstep to some incredible natural sites, you’ll certainly be able to keep busy on your days off from the hospital.
All of the usual job-searching advice applies, so bear it in mind. Be aware of how you present yourself (including what you post on social media!), have a professional email address – (email@example.com won’t do just in case you were wondering), and don’t burn your bridges if you have a bad experience. Also, beware of bad-mouthing anyone – the midwife community can be quite close-knit, so you may find yourself surprised by just a few degrees of separation.
Keep these things in mind, and you’ll soon be well on your way to working as a midwife in Melbourne.
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