Graduate Midwife Program

Structured to enable graduates to consolidate their respective knowledge and skills, the program allows graduates to get first had experience within our Women’s Health Unit providing prenatal, antenatal and postnatal care.


12 month program

Intake month


Number of rotations


General information

The 12-month program is structured to enable both single-degree Midwifery and double degree Midwifery/Nursing graduates to consolidate their respective knowledge and skills. Graduates will rotate through areas of the Women’s Health Unit including the Inpatients ward, Delivery Suite, and the Pregnancy Assessment Unit, Antenatal Clinic and Midwifery Home Care or Special Care Nursery. A three-month rotation within a general medical/surgical ward enables combined-stream graduates to consolidate their nursing knowledge and skills.

To complete this program, graduates must participate in a three day orientation at the start of the program and work a full-time equivilent of at least 0.8 FTE to 1.0 FTE to complete the program. Annual leave is accured and can be taken during your maternity rotations, with two supernumerary shifts per rotation.


Graduate midwives are well supported throughout their program headed by the Clinical Midwifery Educator Graduate Coordinator, with a team of Clinical Midwife Educators and Clinical Support Midwives.

Clinical Support Midwives are rostered onto a morning, day and afternoon shift from Monday to Friday, and a day shift on Saturday, providing support and assistance to graduates during the shift.

Graduates are allocated a preceptor at the commencement of the graduate midwifery program, ensuring each graduate is well supported and has a ‘buddy’ during the program to ask questions to.

Graduates will experience being a part of the multidisciplinary team during the graduate program, working with clinical staff, senior and medical staff, Associate Midwife Unit Managers and the Midwife Unit Manager.

Graduate midwives are added into the Peninsula Health Graduate Midwife Microsoft Teams channel, allowing 24/7 contact with colleagues in your graduate program cohort and members of the education team.

Continued education

  • The online Learning Management System provides graduates access to the mandatory training to be completed.
  • Five study days are provided throughout the program, plus two midwifery specific professional development days including FSEP and MIST @ Peninsula.
  • Education sessions: Practical sessions are provided during the program and run by Clinical Support Midwives, as well as in-services run during your rotations.

Further information

For more information on this program, download our information booklet.


Bernadette Pulis
Clinical Midwifery Educator/Graduate Coordinator
Phone: (03) 9783 8380