Training and education for nurses and midwives


The Northern Territory Health has a number of programs and scholarships available to help nurses and midwives.

Training and education opportunities include:

  • for registered nurses and midwives, the employed model program provides paid employment in the Territory, while you undertake two-year, part-time study through Charles Darwin University (CDU).
  • For nurses and midwives, the Nursing and Midwifery Scholarship could help you pay for your studies.

Employed model programs

Applications for the 2022 Employed Model Programs are now open.

NT Health is offering its Bachelor of Midwifery Employed Model Program and has expanded its post graduate nursing and midwifery Employed Model Programs which are a unique initiative of NT Health and recognised university providers that offer registered nurses and registered midwives paid work in the NT while they study.

To apply for the programs you must:

  • Be eligible for employment with NT Health; and
  • Meet university course enrolment criteria.

Interested? Don’t delay. Employed Model Programs are advertised on for a short time only. Program application closing dates vary. Continue reading for more information.


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 Royal Darwin Palmerston Hospital Maternity Unit.

2022 Charles Darwin University and Royal Darwin Hospital RN Midwifery Student Employed Model Information Sheet DOCX (56.4 KB)

Am I eligible 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.

How to apply?

Apply online

Applications close Thursday 16 September 2021.

Royal Darwin Palmerston Hospital is offering registered nurses and registered midwives paid employment while undertaking study in a speciality area post graduate course through a recognised university provider.

The courses are delivered online with clinical competency requirements.

For more information about the Employed Model Programs for registered nurses and midwifes see contact details in the Information Sheets.

Nursing and Midwifery Scholarships

About the scholarships

NT Health, through the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (OCNMO), offers financial assistance to nurses and midwives undertaking further studies through post registration scholarships. The provision and allocation of scholarship funds is an accountable and merit-based process and determined by specific nursing and midwifery workforce requirements and priorities.

The OCNMO values excellence and innovation in nursing and midwifery care. Competent and educated nurses and midwives, who value lifelong learning, are key to the provision of safe, excellent and quality patient care.

Annually, NT Health offers scholarships to nurses and midwives who are completing post-registration studies. The scholarships are available to nurses and midwives continuously employed by NT Health for two years or more in a nursing or midwifery position greater than 0.5 full time equivalent (FTE).

The aim of the scholarships is to provide NT Health nurses and midwives with financial assistance to complete a course of study leading to an academic qualification. Scholarships are awarded through a competitive selection process and not all applicants will be awarded a scholarship.

The scholarship will not cover all costs associated with a course of study.

The Scholarship Assessment Panel award scholarships on merit as evaluated against the selection criteria and equity considerations.

Applications are closed for 2021.


To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants must:

  • Be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Be continuously employed by NT Health for two years or more in a nursing or midwifery position greater than 0.5 FTE
  • Have their manager’s support for undertaking the course of study.
  • Be currently enrolled and participating in the course of study
  • Have successfully completed at least 25% (or equivalent) of the course of study


Office of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer

Phone: 1800 000 648