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. 

Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Directions 2019  2022

On Wednesday 30 January 2019 the Minister for Health and Wellbeing launched the Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Directions 2019 – 2022.


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:


Registered Nurse/Midwife Renewal Program (Early Retirement Scheme 2019)

SA Health’s Registered Nurse/Midwife Renewal Program – also known as the Early Retirement Scheme 2019 - is a significant initiative designed to rejuvenate the nursing/midwifery workforce and address intergenerational change by creating an incentive opportunity for nurses/midwives to leave their jobs earlier than may otherwise have been the case, and for graduates (Registered Nurses/Midwives Level 1, Year 1) and early career nurses/midwives (Registered Nurses/Midwives Level 1, Year 2) to join the SA Health workforce as ongoing employees.

Detailed eligibility criteria, application process, key dates and fact sheets can be found on the Registered Nurse/Midwife Renewal Program page.

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 closed for the 2019 Awards

The 2019 SA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards will be announced at a Gala Dinner on Friday, 10 May 2019. For more information, visit the Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards page.

South Australian Humanitarian Award 2019

The South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Humanitarian Award recognises nurses and midwives who give back to their local or global community, are inspirational, selfless, caring and compassionate in what they do.

All nominations will be submitted online through the SA Health Careers website:

Quoting Job number: 687912

Nominations open: Monday 4 February 2019

Nominations close: 5 pm on Friday 15 March 2019

The SA Premier’s Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships

The South Australian Premier’s Scholarships support nurses and midwives undertaking study tours focused on the discovery of innovative, evidence-based initiatives that build leadership capabilities, and improve consumer care outcomes for all South Australians.

Awarded annually, there are six international Scholarships (each up to the value of $10,000), 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 Monday 3 December 2018 until close 5.00 pm, 22 February 2019.

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 –  Advanced Diploma
  • RN/RM – Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master’s Degree.

Priority areas for consideration will be:

  • Critical Care
  • Emergency Care
  • Intensive Care
  • Mental Health
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Perioperative Care.

For subsequent priority areas, please refer to the Study Assistance Program Scholarships Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Nursing and Midwifery Office Newsletter

The Nursing and Midwifery Office 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.

The Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards special edition newsletter provides insight into the Awards night and showcases the Awards finalists and recipients.

Contact details

For further information please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office phone (08) 8226 0749.

For all TPPP application enquiries please refer to the SA Health Careers website or email

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