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Welcome to Western NSW Local Health District Nursing & Midwifery

This page is designed  to provide you with information about nursing and midwifery recruitment in our Local Health District, and the positions we have available.

As the Area Director of Nursing & Midwifery for Western NSW Local Health District, I invite you to explore the exciting lifestyle and diverse career opportunities that await you.

We are currently looking for staff to join our workforce and help make a difference to our culturally diverse communities. We can offer a great lifestyle, travel and ongoing professional development, along with the excitement of using all your skills and experience in rural and remote health care.

I am proud of our staff and the health care we deliver to our communities. I hope this website persuades you to come and join our team of dedicated health care professionals.

Our philosophy is to work to ensure nursing and midwifery care is always provided at the highest standard, is holistic and patient-centred, and delivered by professional, educated and innovative nurses and midwives who value each other and continually strive for excellence.

Our values support this through:

  • Guiding clinical nursing and midwifery leadership and excellence

  • Workforce development

  • Accountability and responsibility

  • Healthy respect

  • Supporting nurse and midwife empowerment

I look forward to welcoming you to Western NSW Local Health District.

Exciting Opportunities Await You!

Adrian Fahy, Director Nursing & Midwifery


Key Contacts

The Nursing and Midwifery Directorate comprises a small team of committed staff:

Adrian Fahy
Director Nursing & Midwifery
Level 1, Building 3 
   Bloomfield Campus
   Or ange NSW 2800

Marg Anthony
Executive Assistant to Director of Nursing & Midwifery
Level 1, Building 3, Bloomfield Campus, Orange NSW 2800
Phone: (02) 6369 7876       

Jacqui Blackshaw
Manager Nursing & Midwifery Transition & Workforce
PO Box 143
     Bathurst NSW 2795
Phone: (02) 6330 5825
Mobile: 0417 816 289

Chris Druce
Manager Health Emergency Management Unit
PO Box 143
     Bathurst NSW 2795​
Phone: (02) 6330 5827
Mobile: 0429 035 740

Clinton Grose
Manager Nursing Policy & Practice
 Level 1, Building 3
   Bloomfield Campus
   Orange NSW 2800​​​​
 Phone: (02) 6369 8836
Mobile: 0414 262 306

​​​Sandra Wharton
Clinical Nurse Consultant Infection Prevention & Control
Building 3 
Bloomfield Campus
Locked Bag 6008, Orange NSW 2800
Phone: (02) 6369 3840
Mobile: 0407 558 377

Beth Masling
Manager Living Well Together and Corporate Leadership
Level 1, Building 3
  Bloomfield Campus
  Orange NSW 2800
Phone: (02) 6369 3829
Mobile: 0437 346 872

Debbie Barwick
Agency Nurse Coordinator
PO Box 143
    Bathurst NSW 2795
Phone: (02) 6330 5930

If you have a question for the Nursing & Midwifery Directorate please do not hesitate to contact the appropriate person listed above.

Aboriginal Cadetships

The NSW Aboriginal Nursing & Midwifery Cadetship Program aims to increase the number of University qualified Aboriginal Registered Nurses and Midwives across NSW. Western NSW Local Health District is actively involved in this program providing employment at local facilities and support to cadets.

What the Cadetship Offers

  • Study allowance of $600 per fortnight while at University
  • Employment for 12 weeks fulltime in your local hospital
  • Receive support from a Mentor, Clinical Preceptor and Program Coordinator
  • Ongoing employment once graduated

Eligibility

To be eligible for a cadetship, a person must:

  • Be of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent
  • Identify as an Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander
  • Be enrolled full time  in a nursing or midwifery degree at an Australian University
  • Be enrolled for their first undergraduate degree course
  • Be an Australian resident

Further Information

Nursing & Midwifery Office NSW Health
 Phone: 1800 155 325
 Website

Enrolled Nurses

Employment Opportunities for Enrolled Nurses

The role of the Enrolled Nurse is vital to the delivery of care across Western NSW Local Health District. Come and work in a rural setting where Enrolled Nurses are respected for their knowledge and experience and valued members of the team. The employment of Enrolled Nurses across many specialties allows the development of advanced skills and the chance to become an integral part of a team.
If you are after variety and a broad range of experiences and skill development then consider working in a Multipurpose Service (MPS). Enrolled Nurses in MPSs need to have a multitude of skills to work across a wide range of clients to meet their health needs including aged care, palliative care, wound care, and assisting in emergencies such as multi traumas and chest pain.

 
Medication Administration
Western NSW Local Health District offers support for Enrolled Nurses to obtain endorsement for medication administration. This includes support with maths, assignments and study leave. All clinical practices and workplace assessments are conducted in the workplace in work time. Western Institute of TAFE conduct courses for Western NSW Local Health District throughout the area.

 
Ongoing Education
As a valued part of the team, the education needs of Enrolled Nurses are supported in the Western NSW Local Health District.

 
The provision of education includes Enrolled Nurse specific education and nursing education for the whole team including:
  • Support to attend education courses and conferences

  • Variety of education courses provided across the area


 
Enrolled Nurse to Registered Nurse
If you are considering becoming a Registered Nurse, Western NSW Local Health District has a program of support in place, including:
  • Career advice and assistance in applying to University is provided

  • Education degree at Charles Sturt University

  • Paid study leave for clinical placements and residential schools negotiated with your line manager

  • Academic support provided to all students undergoing the degree

Further Information

Jacqui Blackshaw
Manager Nursing & Midwifery Transition and Workforce
Phone: (02) 6330 5825
Mobile: 0417 816 289


International Nurse Recruitment

Western NSW Local Health District participates in the recruitment of internationally educated nurses and midwives, both through the NSW Health Panel of Overseas Recruitment Agencies (PORA) and also where nurses and midwives apply directly to our facilities.

Western NSW Local Health District will work with the selected agency presenting the nurse/midwife for recruitment, or assist the individual nurse/midwife through the application and immigration process. We are skilled and confident in all aspects of international recruitment, from helping you obtain registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, to nominations for temporary or permanent visas.

 
International recruitment by Western NSW Local Health District has made a key contribution to the delivery of high quality clinical services, especially in areas where recruitment is historically very difficult. This has enabled us to provide continuity in the delivery of high standards of patient care, maintain safe levels of care, retain local staff, and have a diverse workforce more reflective of the cultural background of the patients seeking care.

 

Further Information

Liam Dillon
Overseas Recruitment Officer
Phone: (02) 6369 8025


Post Graduate Student Midwife Program

Services provided in Western NSW Local Health District range from large regional hospitals, providing complex specialist care, to primary care facilities in small remote communities. The Local Health District also includes the only specialist psychiatric hospital in rural NSW.

 
There are three regional Health Services located at Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange and district Health Services located at Forbes, Parkes, Cowra and Mudgee.

 
Midwives
Midwives provide medical care to women throughout their pregnancies, labour and delivery and during the first weeks after childbirth. Midwives deliver babies in hospitals and birthing centres. They provide support to new mothers, teaching them how to care for their newborns and educating them on breastfeeding.

 
The Nursing and  Midwifery Board of Australia regulates Midwives in NSW to ensure the highest standards of patient care are delivered.
The Western NSW Local Health District Student Midwife Program is an employment model, whereby Registered Nurses complete a post graduate Diploma in Midwifery through distance education and intensive periods of theoretical study, while obtaining the required clinical experience working in a midwifery unit in one of our accredited training hospitals. Upon successful completion of the two components (midwifery practice and academic study) students are eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

 
Positions

The Student Midwife program is offered at Orange, Dubbo and Bathurst, with intakes in both January and July.


 
Applications
Recruitment to student midwifery positions in most hospitals in NSW, including Western NSW Local Health District is through a centralised online process (MidSTART) facilitated by the Nursing and Midwifery Office (NaMO), NSW Health.
To apply, please go to the NSW Health website.

 

Further Information

Alison Loudon
Manager Midwifery and Paediatric Strategies
alison.loudon@health.nsw.gov.au
Phone: (02) 6841 2375
Mobile: 0447 088 239


​Registered Nurses

Escape to Western NSW Local Health District

 
Welcome to Western NSW Local Health District, the largest Health District in NSW. We invite you to consider joining our team at one of our many facilities.

 
The Western NSW Local Health District is currently looking for adventurous staff to join our unique workforce and help make a difference to our culturally diverse communities. Many opportunities exist for travel and further education. We offer programs including the Transition to Practice Program, Midwifery Programs and many other great opportunities. Escape from the hectic pressures of the city and enjoy a more relaxed and tranquil environment.

 
 
Opportunities for Registered Nurses
There are many opportunities available throughout Western NSW Local Health District for Registered Nurses including:

 
  • Supported Transition to Practice Programs (Specialty Nursing & New Graduate RN/RMs)

  • Advanced and speciality nursing skills practice

  • Broad range of nursing experience

  • Basic Life Support & Advanced Life Support

  • Mental Health Course

  • Clinical Leadership Program

  • FLECC First Line Emergency Course

  • Midwifery Scholarships

  • Nurse Practitioner Scholarships

  • Immunisation Course

  • NSW College of Nursing Courses

  • Formal and Informal In-service Program

  • Other Short Courses eg. CRANA, TNCC, PHECC

  • Opportunities for career advancement including Clinical Nurse Specialists, Clinical Nurse Consultants, Nurse Practitioners and management opportunities

  • Excellent modern facilities and equipment

Further Information

Jacqui Blackshaw
Manager Nursing & Midwifery Transition and Workforce
Phone: (02) 6330 5825
Mobile: 0417 816 289


Transition to Professional Practice Programs

Western NSW Local Health District offers a range of Transition to Professional Practice Programs for new graduate Registered Nurses and new graduate Registered Midwives


 
Transition to Professional Practice (New Graduate RN & New Graduate RM) Positions
Western NSW Local Health District offers a variety of transition positions for new graduate Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Midwives (RMs) including unique rural and remote positions. These positions aim to provide you with a range of clinical experiences to equip newly graduated RNs and RMs with the necessary skills and confidence to practice as a Registered Nurse or Registered Midwife. There is a strong focus on the special skills required to practice in rural and regional settings to enhance and consolidate your nursing knowledge.

 
Our philosophy is that nurses and midwives should be nurtured and encouraged to achieve their full potential. The Transition to Practice RN Program and Transition to Practice RM Program provide a supportive environment through which consolidation and skill development can occur.

 
Western NSW Local Health District Transition to Professional Practice Positions
  • Health Service  (Dubbo, Orange and Bathurst)

  • Mental Health (Bloomfield Campus, Orange)

  • Mental Health / Health Service Exchange (six months at Bloomfield Campus  and six months at Orange Health Service)

  • Regional Hospitals  (Cowra, Parkes and Forbes)

  • Rural Hospitals (facilities by negotiation)

  • Rural / Metropolitan Exchange (six months in each a rural and Sydney metropolitan facility)

  • Remote Rotations (up to four rotations at different facilities)

  • Midwifery (B. Mid Graduates; Bathurst, Dubbo and Orange)

  • Midwifery Rural / Metropolitan Exchange (B. Mid Graduates; six months in either Mudgee or Parkes and six months in a Sydney metropolitan facility)

 

 
Program Commencement Dates
Transition to Professional Practice (RN & RM) Programs will commence February, May, July and October 2018. Please note the majority of positions commence in February and not all facilities offer other intakes.

 
Employment
Part-time and full-time positions are available by negotiation.

 
What’s On Offer
  • Over 21 different Health Services where you can undertake various clinical rotations

  • A team of dedicated Nurse Educators to provide high quality support and education

  • Excellent ongoing career opportunities

  • Flexible, tailored programs to meet your career goals

  • Fully paid study days

  • Regular debriefing and supports

  • Access to post graduate education programs (including Student Midwifery Program)

  • Preceptor support and support from other Registered Nurses/Midwives in all departments

  • The opportunity to acquire ward management skills in all clinical placements

  • Transitional Registered Nurse is rostered with other Registered Nurse(s) at all times

  • Clinical Competency Workbooks and Professional Portfolios

  • Individualised development plans

  • Formal orientation program to the Local Health District and the Hospital as well as individual orientation to all clinical rotations

Applications
Applications are only received via the NSW Health centralised online recruitment system. 

 
NSW Health centralised  online recruitment system
Please do not hesitate to contact the District Manager Nursing & Midwifery Transition and Workforce should you have any queries or require assistance with the application process.

 

Further Information

Jacqui Blackshaw
Manager Nursing & Midwifery Transition and Workforce
Phone: (02) 6330 5825
Mobile: 0417 816 289

Career Fact Sheets

 

Find out more about some of the careers available in Western NSW Local Health District by downloading the below career profiles: