Nursing and midwifery in the Northern Territory

Northern Territory (NT) Nursing and Midwifery represents the nursing and midwifery profession across the NT, including urban, rural and remote areas.

The key focus is providing professional development, training and ongoing support to nurses and midwives as well as recruiting and retaining passionate health professionals to the Territory's nursing and midwifery community.

NT Nursing and Midwifery’s programs and initiatives help to build and maintain a highly-skilled and sustainable Northern Territory workforce – one that is committed to delivering client-centred care in a multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural environment.


The NT Nursing and Midwifery workforce will be:

  • compassionate
  • competent
  • confident
  • contemporary
  • capable
  • committed to leading person-centred health care.


Nurses and midwives will lead contemporary compassionate, safe, evidence based person centred care across diverse geographical and cultural contexts.

This will be done in collaboration with individuals, families, communities and our health professional colleagues.

Key documents

Strategic plan

The Strategic Plan for Nursing and Midwifery in the Northern Territory sets out the strategic objectives and outcome measures for nursing and midwifery for the 2019-2022 period.

Remote Area Nurse Safety On-Call After Hours Security Report

An internal review of staff safety on-call after hours in NT Government controlled remote health services;

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO)

The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO) provides professional leadership to nurses and midwives across the NT as well as holding the following roles:

  • represents NT nurses and midwives as a profession at a national and international level.
  • provides advice and leadership on professional issues relating to nursing and midwifery for both government and non-government organisations in the NT.
  • holds an operational role within the Department of Health as a system manager. This includes a number of direct responsibilities for nursing and midwifery practice and other professional areas for government services.

The CNMO is supported by the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office.

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office

The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office draws on best practice and evidence-based nursing and midwifery standards to support professional and career development for NT nurses and midwives, outlined by the strategic vision for NT Nursing and Midwifery.

The office works at an operational level with industry stakeholders to improve service delivery across the areas of:

  • acute care
  • mental health
  • primary health care (including community health, remote  health services, prisoner health and outreach services)
  • other government divisions and Department of Health services.

With the Department of Health executive leadership team and the NT Government, the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office is responsible for identifying strategic workforce initiatives that will develop and support NT nurses and midwives and collaborate with the services that employ them.


The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Office provides a pivotal link between NT Health, the largest employer of NT nurses and midwives, and NT-based education providers including:

  • Charles Darwin University
  • Centre for Remote Health
  • Bachelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
  • Fox Education and Consultancy
  • Menzies School of Health Research.


For all enquiries, email nursing and midwifery in the Northern Territory at or by calling 1800 000 648.

Last updated: 24 August 2021

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