New graduate midwives in the regions

Country hospitals throughout South Australia will be boosted by as many as 17 midwives as part of Country Health SA’s Graduate Midwifery Program, commencing this year.

The midwives will be based at hospitals across the Yorke and Northern, Flinders and Upper North, Eyre and Far North, Barossa Hills Fleurieu, South East and the Riverland Mallee Coorong regions for 12 months.

Country Health SA Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Lyn Olsen, said the Graduate Midwifery Program provided a welcome staffing boost for country hospitals.

“We have undertaken a thorough recruitment process to fill 17 graduate midwifery positions that will be divided among the regions,” Ms Olsen said.

“These roles provide a great opportunity for graduate midwives to continue their learning and advance their careers in a rural hospital environment.”

Ms Olsen said she hopes local communities will offer support to the midwives as they begin their new positions.

“We are very excited to be able to give this opportunity to well-deserving midwives,” she said.

“They will be a great asset for each hospital, joining the team, bringing enthusiasm and skill.”

The Yorke and Northern Region will welcome four midwives in total – one midwife will be placed at the Northern Yorke Peninsula Health Service in Wallaroo, while three midwives will rotate between Port Pirie Regional Health Service and Jamestown Hospital and Health Service.

The Flinders and Upper North Region will receive two graduate midwives, with one based at Port Augusta Hospital and one at Whyalla Hospital and Health Service, while Eyre and Far North Region will receive two graduate midwives – both based at Port Lincoln Health Service.

Barossa Hills Fleurieu Region will receive three graduate midwives, with two based at Gawler Health Service and one at Mount Barker Districts Soldiers Memorial Hospital.

The South East Region will receive three graduate midwives, with one based at Mount Gambier and Districts Health Service and two based at Naracoorte Health Service.

The Riverland Mallee Coorong Region will receive three graduate midwives, with one based at Riverland General Hospital in Berri, one at Loxton Hospital Complex and one at Murray Bridge Soldiers Memorial Hospital.

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