Two training midwives will join the Gawler Health Service this month under the Country Health SA’s Graduate Midwifery Program to provide support and advance their careers.
The women make up a group of 17 graduate midwives posted to country hospitals across the State for 12 months.
Gawler Health Service midwifery nursing unit manager Sonia Angus shared how the service had welcomed third year graduates under the program for the past six to seven years.
“The graduates are supported as we help them transition to become registered midwives,” she said.
She explained the training midwives would work as part of a team, yet would be guided by a senior person with expertise.
The roles, which begin on January 29, will be hands on – especially with the 600 babies born at the Forgie Ward each year.
The benefit of the program has also meant previous graduate midwives, training at the health service, have gone onto fill employment vacancies at Gawler.
According to Country Health SA executive director of Nursing and Midwifery, Lyn Olsen, the 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 was optimistic rural communities would offer support to the midwives as they began 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.”
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.
Meanwhile, the Yorke and Northern Region will welcome four midwives in total – one 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 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 midwives – both based at Port Lincoln.
The Riverland Mallee will receive three, with one based at Riverland hospital in Berri, one at Loxton Hospital Coplex and one at Murray Bridge hospital.