Graduate Midwifery Program
The aim of the Eastern Health Graduate Midwifery program is to provide a supportive environment that encourages the development of clinical skills, reflective practice and a sense of professional identity and accountability. Experiences across the Midwifery scope of practice are provided to enable the Graduate Midwife to develop as a competent and confident member of the multidisciplinary healthcare team.
Graduate midwives work in a collaborative environment across the continuum of care to provide sound, evidence based care. The Graduate Midwife program has been developed to help address the inherent challenges faced by the graduate in this year of practice and to facilitate the transition from novice to confident practitioner.
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Eastern Health has a large catchment area. This encompasses women with diverse cultural and socio-economic needs.
Angliss Hospital - Angliss maternity service is the sixth largest maternity provider in Victoria, with around 2300 births every year. The Angliss provides a range of comprehensive medical and midwifery models of care, including The Family Birth Centre. Services include, Fetal Maternal Assessment Clinic (FMAC), Midwifery Home Care, Pregnancy Loss Program and specialised services for women requiring extra pregnancy support, including young mothers and women with chemical dependency or mental health issues. Angliss hospital is an accredited 'Baby-friendly' hospital.
Box Hill Hospital - Birralee (Box Hill Hospital's maternity service) caters for approximately 2200 births annually. Birralee is a ‘baby friendly’ accredited hospital. It offers a variety of models of care including Know Your Midwife (KYM - Caseload), Specialised Midwifery Services (SMS), GP Shared care and High risk Obstetric Care. Graduates spend the majority of the program within the integrated birthing, postnatal and antenatal unit, with rotations through Antenatal clinic, FMAC, Midcare (Domiciliary Home visiting) and Lactation Support Unit (LSU).
Yarra Ranges Health - Yarrra Ranges Health Maternity services provides antenatal and postnatal outpatient care for low risk pregnancies. Women who develop complications are transferred to Birralee for further management.
At Eastern Health we have five strategic directions to achieve our mission:
- A Provider of Great Healthcare
- A Great Patient Experience
- A Great Place to Learn and Work
- A Great Partner with our Communities
- A Great Achiever in Sustainability
We also are committed to our values of:
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Pay, Conditions & Benefits
All Nurses and midwives employed within Victorian Public Hospitals, work under the Victorian Nurses Award, so pay rates and conditions are the same across the state.
The Graduate Midwife Program offers;
- A structured transitional education program inclusive of paid study days
- Dedicated Midwifery Educators at both sites
- Rotations to Birth suite, Postnatal ward, Antenatal Clinic, Fetal Maternal Assessment Clinic, Lactation Support Unit, Domiciliary (Midcare) & Special Care Nursery. This may include satellite rotations; e.g. Yarra Ranges Health.
- Comprehensive orientation
- Supernumerary time when commencing in a new rotation
- Ongoing feedback and performance review
- Access to a broad range of organisational education, training and professional development opportunities
- Honours Program (where applicable) with academic support provide through the Eastern Health Research Unit
- Part time employment offered 4 days/week
Effective salary packaging means that you can increase your take-home salary by thousands of dollars each year by reducing the amount of tax you pay each fortnight. Whether you are full-time, part-time or casual, you can nominate to salary package up to $9,095 of your income each year, tax free towards your everyday living expenses
EAP is a completely confidential counselling service available to Eastern Health employees and their immediate families. This is a free service for staff to access to discuss any issues whether they be personal or professional.
Link to: http://www.easternhealth.org.au/careers/whywork.aspx
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Beyond your graduation year
On completion of your transition year there are excellent opportunities to progress your career and expand your midwifery scope of practice with Eastern Health.
Employees are supported with study leave, financial assistance, access to clinical educators and supervision.
Eastern Health is affiliated with a number of tertiary education providers and has a Nursing Chair with Deakin University.
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