Bachelor of Midwifery - Alice Springs Hospital Maternity Unit

The NT Health Employed Model Program supports students to meet the clinical requirements of the CDU’s Bachelor of Midwifery while employed as a registered nurse/student midwife working in the Alice Springs Hospital Maternity Unit

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Aim of the employed model

The employed model supports the students to meet the clinical requirements of the Bachelor of Midwifery while employed as a registered nurse/student midwife working in the Alice Springs Hospital Maternity Unit.

Eligibility to apply

If you hold current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as a registered nurse with at least one year post graduate experience, recent experience in the acute care area and are enrolled or are eligible to enrol at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in the Bachelor of Midwifery course, you meet the minimum requirements to apply.

Enrolment at another university

The employed program works specifically in partnership with CDU.  You can't enrol at another university and still be eligible for the employed model.

Course duration

Bachelor of Midwifery is an undergraduate three year course comprising 240 credit points. As a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing you receive advanced standing for 120 credit points which are divided into 12 study units offered over four semesters – two academic years.

How to apply

The application process is in two parts:

  1. Apply for the CDU Bachelor of Midwifery Semester one 2023 via South Australian Tertiary Admissions Centre (SATAC).  Refer to the undergraduate key dates.  Application fees apply.
  2. Apply to the Northern Territory Government Jobs Website for the Alice Springs Hospital Maternity Employed Model Position. These positions are usually advertised between August and November each year.

Program dates

Employment at the Alice Springs Hospital Maternity Unit commences in March 2023. There are two Employed Model Program positions recruited to each year.

Study load

Study load varies from full time in the first semester to 0.5 for the final semester.  There is little to no flexibility with study options in the Employed Model Program. There is no part time study option available within the Employed Model Program and there is no mid-year entry/exit point. The theoretical content of the course at CDU is entirely online.  There is a clinical teaching block each year of three days which you will receive paid study leave for.  Sometimes study blocks are in Darwin. Travel and accommodation to Darwin is at the student’s expense.

Employment conditions

You will be offered a contract for two years at 0.84 full-time employment (FTE) which is 32 hours a week. If you are a permanent NT Health employee you will transfer to the Maternity Unit for that period of time. You will be employed as a registered nurse/midwifery student which is at Nurse 2 level. This will be with your relevant yearly increment; if you are in a promotional position i.e. Nurse 3 and above you will need to do a reduction by consent to N2 at your yearly increment for the period of the course/contract. You will receive annual recreation leave, personal leave and penalty payments etc. in line with the current Enterprise Bargaining Agreement.

Each semester students apply to have course fees reimbursed upon successful completion of unit. Further information on the Charles Darwin University Bachelor of Midwifery Programme can be found at CDU Bachelor of Midwifery Course.

Shift work

To maximise clinical experience and to even out the student allocation it is essential that you have the capacity to work all shifts including weekends and night shifts. You will also be required to be available for a small amount of ‘on call’ to meet the requirements of the course (these times are not expected to be frequent). There is no capacity to offer fixed roster requests, it affects the clinical experience of other students.

Clinical experience

This is offered through pre-mapped rotation in the clinical areas which includes antenatal/postnatal ward, Delivery Suite, Antenatal/Midwives clinic, Domiciliary and Neonatal Care Unit. You will be allocated supernumerary time in each area to enable a smooth transition into being included in the staffing numbers.

Contact

For all enquiries, email nursing and midwifery in the Northern Territory at NursingMidwifery.doh@nt.gov.au or by calling 1800 000 648.


Last updated: 16 September 2022

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