New Graduate Midwife
Palmerston North, NZ
4d ago

The Role Positions are available for new graduate midwives to commence practice within our supportive team of hospital midwives.

Hours available are 0.8FTE working rostered duties. These positions are temporary for one year to complete the Midwifery First Year of Practice programme.

MidCentral Health offers a comprehensive New Graduate Midwifery programme including ongoing preceptorship and professional development.

Our Service

MidCentral Health services a population of around 180,000 people across the district. We provide maternity care at Palmerston North Hospital, Te Papaioea Primary Birthing Unit and Horowhenua Health Centre.

Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed facility. The Women’s Health Unit has an eight bed birthing suite, a 20 bed ante / postnatal ward and 8 bed midwifery led primary birthing facility.

There are approximately 2000 births per year in our region. You will have the opportunity to work in and orientate to a variety of settings including delivery suite, maternity ward (ante and postnatal), primary birthing, antenatal outpatients day unit and the community midwifery team.

We are a progressive unit and have developed specialist midwifery roles and are committed to ongoing professional development of the maternity workforce.

Our primary birthing unit is a stand-alone facility and midwifery led. Recent practice change initiatives include introducing a new Induction of Labour Regime which is contributing to a reduction in the caesarean section rate in our hospital and the TOGETHER project which has succeeded in dramatically reducing our term baby admissions to the neonatal unit.

Our midwives work across all of our maternity sites in partnership with women and their families / whanau and in collaboration with the multi-disciplinary team to deliver effective care.

We run a composite roster of 8 and 12 hour shifts working rostered, rotating shifts. Grads have the opportunity of 12 hours shifts once the orientation period is over. Financial Incentives

The Ministry of Health Voluntary Bonding Scheme is available to those graduates who are interested and offers a financial incentive to graduates that commit to working in our region.

Our Region

Palmerston North is a family friendly city where you can enjoy the New Zealand country lifestyle without missing out on the advantages of a big city.

Housing is more affordable in comparison to the larger metropolitan cities. With a diverse artistic community, Palmerston North is home to a multitude of cultural events, cafes, restaurants and sports activities.

Its central location in the lower half of the North Island provides easy access to ski fields only a 2 hour drive north, Wellington 2 hours south, vineyards 2 hours east, wonderful hiking and biking country 10 minutes east of the city and the beautiful west coast beaches only a 30 minutes’ drive west.

Contact Applicants are required to apply online. However if you would like further information regarding the New Graduate Midwifery Programme you are welcome to contact Paula Spargo Midwifery Director, Women’s Health Unit, MidCentral Health, New Zealand on 027 5711197 or email : Paula.

spargo Please note : CV's are to be submitted with the online application and not sent directly. MidCentral District Health Board is committed to ensuring that children and young people are safe from abuse and harm.

As part of our commitment to children and young people, and in line with the Children's Act 2014, appointment to positions that involve regular or overnight contact with children will include worker safety checks.

These checks are in addition to the requirement to have a satisfactory police clearance. Further information will be provided to shortlisted candidates.

To find out more information about the Children's Act 2014 click here

General Information

MidCentral District Health Board employs more than 2500 staff at Manawatu, Palmerston North, Tararua and Horowhenua and Otaki districts.

Palmerston North Hospital is a 350 bed secondary hospital, which services an urban population of 80,000 and a total population catchment of 168,000.

In addition, the hospital is a teaching hospital, and is associated with both Auckland and Otago medical schools.

Palmerston North is a major university city and is at the hub of key routes to the central North Island ski fields, and river adventures.

Wellington the capital city, is only a two hour journey by road, as are the wine growing regions of Hawke's Bay and Wairarapa.

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