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SA Health 2017 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Midwives

Welcome to the SA Health 2017 Registered Midwives Transition to Professional Practice (TPPP) website.

On Tuesday 22 November 2016 emails were sent to all candidates advising of the outcome of their 2017 TPPP for Registered Midwives application.

Candidates who have been made a provisional offer have until 29th November 2016 to accept or decline the offer.  

It is anticipated that SA Health will make some additional offers in December 2016 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 monitor the SA Health careers website

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

  • SA Health's approach to recruiting to the TPPP
  • How to apply for a TPPP
  • Where positions will be offered
  • Information about the hospitals/health units offering TPPP places
  • Eligibility criteria
  • SA Health's priorities for appointment
  • Conditions of employment
  • What you can expect if you are successful for a TPPP position
  • When and where you can get more information from the sites
  • A generic RM1 Job & Person Specification
SA Health will be offering a number of positions for newly graduated Registered Midwives in country and metropolitan sites across South Australia in the 2017 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
SA Health has had extensive experience in applying 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.

SA Health has evaluated and reviewed previous processes including: eligibility criteria, information provided to candidates and the recruitment processes and has refined and improved the application process for candidates. The recruitment and application processes applied over the last five 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 online 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 Job & Person Specification

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:

  Port Pirie Hospital
2.  Port Augusta Hospital
3.  Flinders Medical Centre

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 Port Pirie Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, 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 2017 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. You are only eligible for employment within the TPPP if you have less than 12 months full-time equivalent experience (at the time of application) as a Registered Midwife in any health setting and have not previously completed a graduate program in Midwifery.

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 2013.

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 accrued annual leave during the program - this will be discussed with successful applicants and is often set by the employing health unit.

Salary rates
As at
June 2016 the salary range for Registered Midwife Level 1 is:

  • $59,923pa Year 1 - $81,763pa Year 10 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 with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and
  • Satisfactory pre-employment checks including:
          -  relevant Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI) Criminal History Check
          -  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. 

Please note: If you are offered a position on the TPPP you are responsible for ensuring you are registered with AHPRA. The children related criminal screenings can take some time so candidates are encouraged to commence the process prior to waiting for an offer.

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

Placement Location Date / Time
Country Health SA Local Health Network

Country Health SA
Registered Midwives TPPP

Country Health SA
Combined RM and RN TPPP

Education Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh (check the board for room details)

Education Centre, Milner Street, Hindmarsh (check the board for room details)

Wed 6 July 2016

10:00am - 11:00am

Wed 6 July 2016
1:30pm - 2:30pm

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 12 August 2016
2:00pm - 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

Tues 23 August 2016
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

Please email Jayne Hartwig
Transition Support Educator to confirm your attendance

Mon 29 August 2016
2:00pm - 4:00pm

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 2017, 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 2017. 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 above.

Important dates
  • Applications open 9:00am...................................        Monday 22 August 2016
  • Applications close 5:00pm...................................       Monday 12 September 2016
  • Offers made............................................................     November 2016
  • Offers accepted by successful candidates.......        November 2016
  • TPPP positions start between.............................       January - March 2017
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 of your residency status for example a copy of birth certificate, citizenship certificate (Australia or New Zealand) or passport.
  • A copy of your most recent academic results. You will need to upload a document with your application which includes the University name and logo, 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.
  • Two full clinical placement reports as a student midwife (excluding first year reports) from two different clinical areas and different assessors wherever possible - (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)

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.

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