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SA Health 2019 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP) for Registered Midwives

Welcome to the SA Health 2019 Registered Midwives Transition to Professional Practice (TPPP) website.

The second round of offers for the 2019 TPPP for Registered Midwife positions have been completed by SA Health on Thursday 22 November 2018.

SA Health will not be making any further rounds of offers. However, offers may be made where a vacancy becomes available. For example, where a candidate declines or does not meet the pre-employment requirements.

Please note all applications that have been assessed as suitable and have not been made an offer, will remain active.

SA Health may contact you directly should a position becomes available if it matches your ranking and location preferences.

On this website you will find all the information about:

  • SA Health's approach to recruiting to the TPPP
  • Eligibility criteria
  • How to apply for a TPPP
  • Where positions will be offered
  • Information about the hospitals/health units offering TPPP places
  • SA Health's priorities for appointment
  • Conditions of employment
  • What you can expect if you are successful in gaining a TPPP position
  • When and where you can get more information from the sites
SA Health will be offering a number of positions for newly graduated Registered Midwives in country and metropolitan sites across South Australia in the 2019 Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP).

The TPPP will assist you, as a newly Registered Midwife, to consolidate your knowledge and expand your clinical skills and experience as a Midwife. You will gain experience in a wide variety of clinical settings, providing you with the opportunity to consolidate theory with practice.

Combined Registered Nurse/Registered Midwife TPPP
If you are also a new Registered Nurse you may be interested in the combined Registered Midwife/Registered Nurse TPPP being offered by Country Health SA Local Health Network. Please refer to Country Health SA for more about this initiative - it will give graduate midwives who are also new to the nursing profession support as they start their career.

This website will be updated periodically, so please keep an eye out for future TPPP updates.

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About SA Health

SA Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of all South Australians by providing leadership in health reform, public health services, health and medical research, policy development and planning, with an increased focus on wellbeing, illness prevention, early intervention and quality care.

SA Health is the brand name for the health portfolio of services and agencies responsible to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing.

The portfolio consists of:

  • Department for Health and Wellbeing
  • Central Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Country Health SA Local Health Network
  • Northern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Southern Adelaide Local Health Network
  • Women's and Children's Health Network
  • SA Ambulance Service
For more information about SA Health and its business please click here

SA Health's recruitment approach to the TPPP
SA Health has had extensive experience in applying a whole of health recruitment approach for the TPPP using an electronic online application process. This means that candidates only need to apply once for a position in any of the public hospitals/health units across country SA and metropolitan Adelaide.

Each year SA Health has evaluated and reviewed the information provided to candidates and the recruitment processes with a view to improving the application process for applicants. The recruitment and application processes applied over the last seven years have been very successful for both candidates and health units and will therefore continue.

The online recruitment process is much easier for candidates - you only need to submit one application for a range of sites rather than applying at multiple locations. You will still get to nominate your preferences for the sites you would like to work at but you won't have to apply individually to each hospital.

All candidates are assessed on the same information therefore it is important that you follow the instructions in the application form and upload the documents requested. The hospitals are all working in partnership to get the best candidates for SA Health and to streamline and continuously improve the process for all candidates. The selection process has been based on the requirements in the Role Description - click here to view a generic example.

Candidates who are successful in their TPPP application will only be made one offer (on the basis of your own priorities and positions available) - not multiple offers which occurred in the past.

If you are made an offer, you need to take that offer seriously because if you reject it or do not respond within the timeframe advised - you will not be offered another position, it will be offered to another candidate.

For example if you nominated:

  Lyell McEwin Hospital
2.  Port Augusta Hospital
3.  Flinders Medical Centre
4.  Women's and Children's Hospital

And you were offered a position at the Port Augusta Hospital, if you chose to reject the offer you will not be offered a position at Lyell McEwin Hospital, Flinders Medical Centre, Women's and Children's Hospital or anywhere else in SA Health.

Please give serious consideration to your initial preferences and your response if an offer is made to you.

About the Programs
The 2019 TPPP RM will assist you, as a newly Registered Midwife, to consolidate your knowledge and expand your clinical skills, experience and confidence as a midwife. You will gain experience in a wide variety of clinical settings, and have experienced staff to guide and support you in the program.

The program is conducted over a 12 month period (comprising clinical placements and annual leave) with the following support:

  • Education support
  • Strong clinical focus
  • Professional development study days
  • Peer support
  • Opportunity to negotiate full-time or part-time positions - minimum shifts will be determined by the sites - please refer to the site specific information
The dedicated program will focus on:

  • Providing you with a unique and valuable experience that will significantly contribute to your professional development and skill consolidation
  • Building your clinical confidence and reasoning
  • Consolidating and further developing professional responsibilities and boundaries
  • Establishing close working relationships with multidisciplinary health professionals and members of the community


"I was ecstatic when I was offered a placement in the TPPP, with SA Health. The program has given me knowledge across the full spectrum of care, from low risk to high risk. Thanks to the constant support of experienced clinicians, I've been able to gain invaluable midwifery experience without being overwhelmed." Read more...


The TPPP is designed to assist you as a new graduate to transition to your new role as a Registered Midwife.
SA Health has reviewed the eligibility criteria for the 2019 appointments.

To be eligible for the SA Health 2019 Midwives TPPP, candidates must have:

  • less than 912 hours (6 months full-time equivalent experience) as a Registered Midwife at the time of application in any health setting and in any country*
  • studied Midwifery
  • not completed 6 months or more of a TPPP/Graduate Midwifery Program in midwifery previously and
  • not taken a Targeted Voluntary Separation Package (TVSP) from the SA Government and are applying to work in the SA Government within the 'employment exclusion period' specified in the package conditions
*Where candidates have any paid employment as a Registered Midwife you will be asked to upload evidence of hours worked - failure to do so may impact on your eligibility. Where candidates have paid employment as a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife (dual registration) you will be asked to provide a Statement of Service (proof of employment) with an estimate of the hours employed in midwifery practice. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for further information. In addition, SA Health may contact candidates for additional evidence to assist in determining eligibility.

Conditions of Employment

Registered Midwives on the TPPP are employed and paid in accordance with the Nurses (South Australian Public Sector) Award 2002 and the Nursing/Midwifery (South Australian Public Sector) Enterprise Agreement 2016.

Hours of work are based on a 76 hour fortnight and are in accordance with a 7 day roster, including morning, afternoon and night shifts. All successful candidates will be required to work over a 7 day roster.

All hospitals and health units will require you to take your accrued annual leave during the program - this will be discussed with successful applicants and is often set by the employing health unit.

All successful candidates will be required to work shift work according to a predetermined roster - rosters are over 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (including public holidays).

Salary rates
As at
July 2018 the salary range for Registered Midwife Level 1 is:

  • $62,957pa Year 1 - $85,901pa Year 9 based on a full-time salary to be adjusted according to hours worked for part-time employees.
  • In addition penalty payments are paid for afternoon, night shifts and weekend work
  • Increment levels are based on years of previous experience as a Level 1 Registered Midwife or Registered Nurse
You will also have access to salary packaging provisions which can reduce your tax and increase your overall income. Terms and Conditions are detailed in the relevant Award and Enterprise Agreement.

Pre-employment requirements
Prior to commencement, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Verification of Registration as a Registered Midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and
  • Satisfactory pre-employment checks including:
          -  satisfactory Criminal and Relevant History Screening Assessment applicable to the role
          -  health assessment and
          -  immunisation status

You will not be able to commence a TPPP until these requirements have been satisfied.  It is expected that successful candidates will meet all pre-employment checks a minimum of two weeks prior to commencement, failure to do so may result in withdrawal of the offer. 

Details about the sites
Click on the following links for more information and specific details about the TPPP at:

Country Health SA Local Health Network
In 2019, it is anticipated that 12 health units will be offering transition programs for Registered Midwives.

Barossa, Hills, Fleurieu Region
Eyre & Far North Region
Flinders & Upper North Region
Riverland, Mallee Coorong Region
South East Region
Yorke & Northern Region
Some rural and regional sites require candidates to be a Registered Midwife and Registered Nurse. Country Health SA Local Health Network will be offering a combined Registered Midwife/Registered Nurse transition program in 2019. You will find more about this TPPP that supports graduates new to both professions in the Country Health SA Local Health Network site based information detailed below.

Information sessions
Should you be interested in a particular site, you are encouraged to attend one of the following information sessions.


Location Date / Time
Country Health SA
Local Health Network

Registered Midwives TPPP
Combined RM and RN TPPP

Glenside Education Campus
Administration & Learning Services Building
Room 4, 226 Fullarton Road, Glenside

Please monitor the TPPP updates section for video-conferencing details.

Tues 14 August 2018
9:00am - 12:00pm

Southern Adelaide
Local Health Network

Flinders Medical Centre

Flinders Medical Centre
Level 7, Room 120
Directions will be sign posted from FMC Main entrance

Thurs 16 August 2018
3:00pm - 4:00pm

Northern Adelaide
Local Health Network

Lyell McEwin Hospital
Lyell McEwin Hospital
Meet in the main foyer at 11:00am
Enter from Oldham Road

Wed 22 August 2018
11:00am - 12:00pm

Women's and Children's
Health Network

Women's & Children's Hospital

Women's & Children's Hospital
Alan Crompton Board Room
Ground Floor Zone E
72 King William Road, North Adelaide

Queries about this session only can be emailed to

Mon 20 August 2018
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Important dates
  • Applications open 9:00am...................................       Monday 20 August 2018
  • Applications close 5:00pm...................................       Monday 10 September 2018
  • Offers made............................................................        November 2018
  • Offers accepted by successful candidates.......        November 2018
  • TPPP positions start between.............................        January - March 2019
How to Apply
When it's time to apply, you will need access to the following documents and will need to upload some of them with your application:

  • A current Resume/Curriculum Vitae - to be uploaded with your application.
  • All candidates will need to provide evidence to support the priority group you fit within. The evidence to be uploaded will depend on which priority group you select. The online application form will detail what documents will be accepted for each priority group eg it may be an Australian or NZ Passport, evidence of Australian permanent residency, evidence of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent, Department of Home Affairs grant notification etc. If you do not provide the required evidence you may be placed in a different priority group. The Priority Groups table scribes the evidence required for each of the priority groups.
  • Statement of Service. If you have been employed as a Registered Midwife in any health setting or in any country for any period of time (full-time, part-time or casual) you are required to provide evidence via a Statement of Service (proof of employment) from each employer. The Statement of Service must be on letterhead, clearly state your name, classification/role, period of employment, hours worked and be signed and dated by a person of Authority with their name and title. If you have had more than one employer you will need a Statement of Service from each employer. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.
  • Evidence of your most recent GPA - a copy of your most recent academic results. You will need to upload a document with your application which includes the name of the University, Student Name and identification number, academic results (subjects and results) and GPA for Midwifery only. All of these details need to be on the uploaded document - do not copy and paste into a Word document.

  • One clinical placement report from 3rd year/final year - not all placements for one subject/topic (to be uploaded with your application). Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for details of documentation required.
  • Contact details, email and telephone of three referees. All Referees must be experienced Midwives who have directly observed your clinical practice. Candidates are requested to list referees in order of priority contact ie 1, 2, 3. If you do not include all relevant details for three referees it may impact on your overall scores. Referees will be contacted via email so please ensure you include the correct email address. Further information is available in the Frequently Asked Questions.
  • Visa/passport details (where relevant)
  • Mandatory employment screening: In the online application you will be asked a series of questions about your criminal history and whether or not you have current screening checks. You do not have to have the criminal history checks at the time of applying however you will need to fulfil these requirements two weeks prior to commencement if you are successful and offered a position.
Professional Questions
You will also be required to respond to three professional questions in the online application form, which will be based on your own experiences.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You will find that most questions are answered in the Frequently Asked Questions document, which you are requested to read prior to contacting us.

Further enquiries

Please ensure you have read the Frequently Asked Questions and answers prior to contacting us. If we haven't answered your question please send an email to and in the subject line please ensure you state REGISTERED MIDWIVES TPPP ENQUIRY. This is to ensure SA Health can differentiate between Registered Nurses and Registered Midwives enquiries.

The website will be updated periodically, so please keep an eye out for future TPPP updates.

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