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SA Health 2018 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Midwives

SA Health had a very high take up rate for the first round of offers and has now completed the second round of offers.

SA Health will not be making any further rounds of offers. However, offers may be made where a vacancy becomes available. For example, where a candidate declines or does not meet the pre-employment requirements.  

Please note that all applications that have been assessed as suitable and have not been made an offer, will remain active.

SA Health may contact you directly should a position become available if it matches your ranking and location preferences.

On Monday 6 November 2017 SA Health sent emails to all candidates advising of the outcome of their 2018 TPPP for Registered Midwives application.

Candidates who have been made a provisional offer have until 5:00pm Monday 13 November 2017 to accept or decline the offer.  

It is anticipated that SA Health may make some additional offers later in November 2017 to fill any positions that have been declined. Once this is completed SA Health will only make offers where a candidate withdraws or does not meet the provisional employment conditions.

Candidates interested in other employment opportunities with SA Health are encouraged to register for
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Welcome to the SA Health 2018 Registered Midwives Transition to Professional Practice (TPPP) website.

On this website you will find all the information you need about:

  • SA Health's approach to recruiting to the TPPP
  • Eligibility criteria
  • How to apply for a TPPP
  • Where positions will be offered
  • Information about the hospitals/health units offering TPPP places
  • SA Health's priorities for appointment
  • Conditions of employment
  • What you can expect if you are successful in gaining a TPPP position
  • When and where you can get more information from the sites
SA Health will be offering a number of positions for newly graduated Registered Midwives in country and metropolitan sites across South Australia in the 2018 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP).

The Transition to Professional Practice Program will assist you, as a newly Registered Midwife, to consolidate your knowledge and expand your clinical skills and experience as a Midwife. You will gain experience in a wide variety of clinical settings, providing you with the opportunity to consolidate theory with practice.

If you are also a new Registered Nurse you may be interested in the combined Registered Midwife/Registered Nurse TPPP being offered by Country Health SA Local Health Network.

Country Health SA Local Health Network site based information has more about this initiative - it will give graduate midwives who are also new to the nursing profession support as they start their career.

This website will be updated periodically, so please keep an eye out for future TPPP updates.

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About SA Health

SA Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of all South Australians by providing leadership in health reform, public health services, health and medical research, policy development and planning, with an increased focus on well being, illness prevention, early intervention and quality care.

SA Health is the brand name for the health portfolio of services and agencies responsible to the Minister for Health and Ageing and the Minister for Mental Health & Substance Abuse.

The portfolio consists of:

  • Department for Health and Ageing
  • Central Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Country Health SA Local Health Network
  • Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Women's and Children's Health Network
  • SA Ambulance Service
For more information about SA Health and its business please click here

SA Health's recruitment approach to the TPPP
This is the seventh successive year that SA Health will use a whole of health recruitment approach for the TPPP using an electronic online application process. This means that candidates only need to apply once for a position in any of the public hospitals/health units across country SA and metropolitan Adelaide.

Each year SA Health has evaluated and reviewed the information provided to candidates and the recruitment processes with a view to improving the application process for candidates. The recruitment and application processes applied over the last six years have been very successful for both candidates and health units and will therefore continue.

The online recruitment process is much easier for candidates - you only need to submit one application for a range of sites rather than applying at multiple locations. You will still get to nominate your preferences for the sites you would like to work at but you won't have to apply individually to each hospital.

All candidates are assessed on the same information therefore it is important that you follow the instructions in the application form and upload the documents requested. The hospitals are all working in partnership to get the best candidates for SA Health and to streamline and continuously improve the process for all candidates. The selection process has been based on the requirements in the Role Description

Candidates who are successful in their TPPP application will only be made one offer (on the basis of your own priorities and positions available) - not multiple offers which occurred in the past.

If you are made an offer, you need to take that offer seriously because if you reject it or do not respond within the timeframe advised - you will not be offered another position, it will be offered to another candidate.

For example if you nominated:

  Lyell McEwin Hospital
2.  Port Augusta Hospital
3.  Flinders Medical Centre
4.  Women's and Children's Hospital

And you were offered a position at the Port Augusta Hospital, if you chose to reject the offer you will not be offered a position at Lyell McEwin Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, Women's and Children's Hospital or anywhere else in SA Health.

Please seriously consider your initial preferences and your response if an offer is made to you.

About the Programs
The 2018 TPPP will assist you, as a newly Registered Midwife, to consolidate your knowledge and expand your clinical skills, experience and confidence as a midwife. You will gain experience in a wide variety of clinical settings, and have experienced staff to guide and support you in the program.

The program is conducted over a 12 month period (comprising clinical placements and annual leave) with the following support:

  • Education support
  • Strong clinical focus
  • Professional development study days
  • Peer support
  • Opportunity to negotiate full-time or part-time positions - minimum shifts will be determined by the sites - please refer to the site specific information
The dedicated program will focus on:

  • Providing you with a unique and valuable experience that will significantly contribute to your professional development and skill consolidation
  • Building your clinical confidence and reasoning
  • Consolidating and further developing professional responsibilities and boundaries
  • Establishing close working relationships with multidisciplinary health professionals and members of the community


"I was ecstatic when I was offered a placement in the TPPP, with SA Health. The program has given me knowledge across the full spectrum of care, from low risk to high risk. Thanks to the constant support of experienced clinicians, I've been able to gain invaluable midwifery experience without being overwhelmed." Read more...


The TPPP is designed to assist you as a new graduate to transition to your new role as a Registered Midwife.
SA Health has reviewed the eligibility criteria for the 2018 appointments.

To be eligible for the SA Health 2018 Midwives TPPP, candidates must have:

  • less than 912 hours (6 months full-time equivalent experience) as a Registered Midwife at the time of application in any health setting and in any country*
  • studied Midwifery
  • not completed 6 months or more of a TPPP/GMP in midwifery previously and
  • not taken a Targeted Voluntary Separation Package (TVSP) within government in the last 3 years
*Where candidates have any paid employment as a Registered Midwife you will be asked to upload evidence of hours worked - failure to do so may impact on your eligibility. Where candidates have paid employment as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife (dual registration) you will be asked to provide a Statement of Service with an estimate of the hours employed in midwifery practice. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for further information. In addition, SA Health may contact candidates for additional evidence to assist in determining eligibility.

Conditions of Employment

Registered Midwives on the TPPP are employed and paid in accordance with the Nurses (South Australian Public Sector) Award 2002 and the Nursing/Midwifery (South Australian Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement 2016.

Hours of work are based on a 76 hour fortnight and are in accordance with a 7 day roster, including morning, afternoon and night shifts. All successful candidates will be required to work over a 7 day roster.

All hospitals and health units will require you to take your accrued annual leave during the program - this will be discussed with successful applicants and is often set by the employing health unit.

All successful candidates will be required to work shift work according to a predetermined roster - rosters are over 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (including public holidays).

Salary rates
As at
July 2017 the salary range for Registered Midwife Level 1 is:

  • $61,421pa Year 1 - $83,807pa Year 9 based on a full-time salary to be adjusted according to hours worked for part-time employees.
  • In addition penalty payments are paid for afternoon, night shifts and weekend work
  • Increment levels are based on years of previous experience as a Level 1 Registered Midwife or Registered Nurse
You will also have access to salary packaging provisions which can reduce your tax and increase your overall income. Terms and Conditions are detailed in the relevant Award and Enterprise Agreement.

Pre-employment requirements
Prior to commencement, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Verification of Registration as a Registered Midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and
  • Satisfactory pre-employment checks including:
          -  satisfactory Criminal and Relevant History Screening Assessment applicable to the role
          -  health assessment and
          -  immunisation status

You will not be able to commence a TPPP until these requirements have been satisfied.  It is expected that successful candidates will meet all pre-employment checks a minimum of two weeks prior to commencement, failure to do so may result in withdrawal of the offer. 

Details about the sites
Click on the following links for more information and specific details about the TPPP at:

Country Health SA Local Health Network
In 2018, it is anticipated that 12 health units will be offering transition programs for Registered Midwives.

Barossa, Hills, Fleurieu Region
Eyre & Far North Region
Flinders & Upper North Region
Riverland, Mallee Coorong Region
South East Region
Yorke & Northern Region
Some rural and regional sites require candidates to be a Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse. Country Health SA Local Health Network will be offering a combined Registered Midwife/Registered Nurse transition program in 2018. You will find more about this TPPP that supports graduates new to both professions in the Country Health SA Local Health Network site based information detailed below.

Information sessions
Should you be interested in a particular site, you are encouraged to attend one of the following information sessions.


Location Date / Time

Country Health SA Local Health Network

Registered Midwives TPPP
Combined RM and RN TPPP

Glenside Health Services, Room 6, Administration & Learning Services Building

Please monitor the TPPP updates section for video-conferencing details.

Wed 30 August 2017

9:30am - 11:30am

Southern Adelaide
Local Health Network

Flinders Medical Centre

Flinders Medical Centre, Level 7, Room 120

Directions will be sign posted from FMC Main entrance

Fri 11 August 2017
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Northern Adelaide
Local Health Network

Lyell McEwin Hospital
Lyell McEwin Hospital
Meet in the main foyer at 11:00am
Enter from Oldham Road

Wed 23 August 2017
11:00am - 12:00pm

Women's and Children's Health Network
Women's & Children's Hospital

Women's & Children's Hospital
Alan Crompton Board Room, Ground Floor Zone E, 72 King William Street, North Adelaide

Registrations not required but queries about this session only can be emailed to

Mon 28 August 2017
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Important dates
  • Applications open 9:00am...................................        Monday 21 August 2017
  • Applications close 5:00pm...................................       Monday 11 September 2017
  • Offers made............................................................     November 2017
  • Offers accepted by successful candidates.......         November 2017
  • TPPP positions start between.............................         January - March 2018
How to Apply
When it's time to apply, you will need access to the following documents and will need to upload some of them with your application:

  • A current Resume/Curriculum Vitae - to be uploaded with your application.
  • All candidates will need to provide evidence to support the priority group you fit within. The evidence to be uploaded will depend on which priority group you select. The online application form will detail what documents will be accepted for each priority group eg it may be an Australian or NZ Passport, evidence of Australian permanent residency, evidence of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, Department for Immigration and Border Protection grant notification etc. If you do not provide the required evidence you may be placed in a different priority group. The Priority Groups table describes the evidence required for each of the priority groups.
  • Statement of Service. If you have been employed as a Registered Midwife in any health setting or in any country for any period of time (full time, part time or casual) you are required to provide evidence via a statement of service from each employer. The statement of service must be on letterhead, clearly state your name, classification/role, period of employment, hours worked and signed and dated by a person of Authority with their name and title.  If you have had more than one employer you will need a statement of service from each employer.
  • A copy of your most recent academic results. You will need to upload a document with your application which includes the University name, Student Name and identification, academic results and GPA for Midwifery only. All of these details need to be on the uploaded document - do not copy and paste into a word document.
  • One FULL 3rd year/final year clinical placement report as a student Midwife (to be uploaded with your application).
  • Contact details, email and telephone of three clinical referees. If you do not include all relevant details for three clinical referees it may impact on your overall scores. Referees will be contacted via email so please ensure you include the correct email address.
  • Visa/passport details (if you are not a permanent Australian resident)
  • Mandatory employment screening: In the online application you will be asked a series of questions about your criminal history and whether or not you have current screening checks. You do not have to have the criminal history checks at the time of applying however you will need to fulfil these requirements if you are successful and offered a position.

You will also be required to respond to three professional questions in the online application form, which will be based on your own experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You will find that most questions are answered in the Frequently Asked Questions document, which you are requested to read prior to contacting us.

The website will be updated periodically, so please keep an eye out for future TPPP updates.

Further enquiries

Please ensure you have read the Frequently Asked Questions and answers prior to contacting us. If we haven't answered your question please submit it via email to and in the subject line please ensure you state TPPP REGISTERED MIDWIVES QUERY. This is to ensure SA Health can differentiate between Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives enquiries.

Thanks for your interest in SA Health. We look forward to receiving your application.

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