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Country Health SA Local Health Network (CHSALHN)

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

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 had 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

Country Health SA is the largest of South Australia's Local Health Networks. Our network incorporates 64 hospitals including 21 birthing sites.

The Country Health SA Local Health Network Registered Midwife Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) supports the development of Registered Midwives during their first year of practice. The program has been developed with particula emphasis on the uniqueness of midwifery within the rural setting.

In addition to the Registered Midwife TPPP Country Health SA Local Health Network is pleased to offer the combined Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse transition program. There is information about which sites will offer this TPPP that supports graduates new to both professions below.

About the Registered Midwives TPPP in Country Health SA
The aim of the program is to assist midwives to become confident and pro-active practitioners and provide a strong foundation for midwifery practice.

The TPPP Midwife in all locations in Country Health SA will gain valuable experience to provide a solid foundation for a successful midwifery career.

Participating midwives are provided with paid professional development days, learning, and practice support.

The program is offered over 12 months:

  • Provides experience that will significantly contribute to professional development and skill consolidation
  • Builds clinical competence, confidence and reasoning
  • Consolidates and further develops understanding of the professional responsibilities, boundaries and unique role of Registered Midwife in the rural and remote setting
  • Enables establishment of close working relationships with multidisciplinary health professionals and members of the community.
Some rural and regional sites require candidates to also hold a Registered Nurse qualification.

Country Health SA has a strong collaboration with the Women and Children's Network. Resources are shared and the majority of country sites combine professional development days with the Woman and Children's Hospital Registered Midwife Transition program in Adelaide.

We encourage applicants interested in a Country Health SA TPPP position to attend one of our information sessions.

Please see specific location information for details about what opportunities each site offers a Registered Midwife TPPP participant.

The contact person for each site will be able to answer questions regarding the program in each location including:

  • Starting dates - most programs commence at the beginning of the year
  • Whether the position is full-time or part-time
  • The obstetric and midwifery service at their location and what experiences that particular site can offer
  • Whether the program includes rotations

Applicants are also encouraged to find out what is avaialble in the local community eg, transport, accommodation and lifestyle opportunities in the local area.

About the combined Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse TPPP
The combined midwifery and nursing TPPP is a unique program that is offered by Country Health SA to support midwives who are new to both the midwifery and nursing professions.

The combined program provides:
  • An introduction to the profession of midwifery and nursing
  • Support and guidance to the Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse in their first year of practice in the rural and regional setting
  • Targeted learning time in the areas of midwifery and nursing practice to assist competency development that will provide a strong foundation for both professions
  • Study days support development for both midwifery and nursing practice
  • FTE 0.8 to full-time

In 2017 the combined Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives TPPP is available at:

  • Riverland General Hospital
  • Port Lincoln
  • Port Pirie
  • Naracoorte
  • Mount Gambier and Districts Health Services
For more information about the combined program please contact:

Sandra Gilbert

Nurse & Midwife Education Facilitator

If you are interested in the combined Registered Midwife / Registerd Nurse TPPP please indicate this in your application.

Why apply for Country Health SA Local Health Network?
Undertaking a TPPP in a rural or regional area provides opportunities to develop a broad knowledge and skill base. Click here for our Nursing and Midwifery video which showcases our mission, vision and values and the services we provide to ensure we are the best rural health service. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders are encouraged to apply for TPPP positions in Country Health SA.

The links below provide information about the Country Health SA site offering TPPP for Registered Midwives or combined Registered Midwives / Registered Nurses positions in 2017.

We are continually working to increase TPPP opportunities - so keep an eye out for future TPPP updates

Barossa, Hills, Fleurieu Region
Eyre & Far North Region
Flinders & Upper North Region
Riverland, Mallee Coorong Region
South East Region
Yorke & Northern Region
Information sessions
If you would like to know more, please come along to one of the following information sessions:

Country Health SA - Registered Midwives TPPP
  • Education Centre
  • Milner Street, Hindmarsh
  • Check the board for room details
  • Wednesday 6 July 2016
  • 10:00am  - 11:00am
Country Health SA - Combined Registerd Midwives and Registered Nurses TPPP
  • Education Centre
  • Milner Street, Hindmarsh
  • Check the board for room details
  • Wednesday 6 July 2016
  • 1:30pm - 2:30pm
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


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 MIDWIFE QUERY.

For more information about Country Health SA click here

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