The Maternity Services unit in the brand new $200 million Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s at Sunshine Hospital is famous for its strong culture and supportive team environment. We’re passionate about letting midwives at every stage of their career use and further hone their skills across the full spectrum of practice. It is in this environment where you will have the greatest scope to work to your full potential.
Our midwives are actively encouraged to upskill, develop their critical thinking, take leadership roles and lead care planning, with an emphasis on person-centred care. As a registered midwife (or nurse/midwife) you’ll be able to tap into your full range of skills and work wherever you’re happiest or across a variety of areas, including:
We also provide maternity services for lower risk women through the Bacchus Marsh Melton Hospital and this means there are opportunities for midwives to rotate through this smaller setting if they wish.
in new facilities
spacious birthing rooms
luxurious birthing pools
Western Health is always on the lookout for international talent – and can sponsor 482 visas (Temporary Skill Shortage Visa) for candidates we feel are a good fit for the team.
We proudly support one of the most diverse communities in Melbourne, and have access to interpreter services for women and their families, while offering extensive public training and outreach programs in languages other than English. The Joan Kirner Women’s and Children’s at Sunshine Hospital also operates using the internationally-recognised PROMPT training protocols.
Our midwifery team is highly diverse in both background and skill set. We have many highly-trained international professionals in the team. We’re incredibly proud of our multicultural, multilingual and international workforce. You’ll fit right in and become part of our family.
Maybe you’re looking to improve your skills and receive support as you transition back to the workplace. In this case, Western Health offers a bridging program, giving you six months of supported rotations in Birthing, Maternity Assessment and Post-Natal.
Or maybe you’re returning from parental leave in another health service and want to take advantage of Western Health’s ‘keeping-in-touch’ shifts, which let you dip your toe back into work without using up parental leave entitlements.
Whatever your preferences, Western Health can develop a tailored program for you, including supernumerary shifts and 24/7 education support. Our dedicated staff are all here to help you further develop your confidence and expertise. They will welcome you with open arms.
As a Registered Training Organisation, Western Health has a strong educational focus. We offer a Graduate Certificate in Health Leadership through Victoria University, and multiple postgraduate opportunities, with paid clinical placement scholarships available.
Other opportunities include ERM, PPH, SSP, and clinical guideline development; over 30 Associate Midwifery Unit Manager roles; a bi-annual intake of Clinical Midwife Specialists; and frequent leadership secondments. Our unit also boasts a dedicated Chair of Midwifery Research, a testament to our desire to continually improve the care of women and their families.
Western Health is proud of its whole-career focus. More than 35% of our roles are filled by internal applicants, and we support every member of our team in their long-term career goals – be that in education, management, safety or research.
Our models of patient care are midwife-led, with our midwives championing progressive approaches and the importance of listening to and respecting the woman. Our innovative approach is also reflected in the birthing and ante natal care options we have available to women – including Maternity Group Practice and homebirth services.
We have careful structures in place to support our midwives, including 24/7 RUSOM program and (outside COVID) an army of loving, thoughtful volunteers. All in all, we believe the Joan Kirner Woman’s and Children’s at Sunshine Hospital is one of the most supportive midwifery environments in Australia. We know it is one of the most friendly!
We love hearing from international applicants and assist overseas hires with their move to Melbourne in every way possible.
In the past, we’ve found applicants from the United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand find the transition to work and life in Australia to be the easiest, and appreciate the above-average salaries, annual tax returns and lengthy annual leave. Candidates coming from Singapore, Hong Kong, The Philippines and Canada also do very well in our setting.
We’d love to hear from you! Please contact us via the form below and we will respond within 2 business days. Thank you for your interest.
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