Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
Transition to Professional Practice Program – Registered Midwife

Women's and Children's Health Network

Transition To Professional Practice Program for
Registered Midwives (TPPP-RM) 2020

Start your fulfilling, professional Midwifery career with us!

The Women's and Children's Health Network is South Australia's leading provider of health services to babies, children, young people and women. The Women's and Children's Hospital provides the state's largest neonatal, maternity and obstetric service for normal and complex births. The hospital also provides specialist health care services to children and young people with acute and chronic conditions.

The Transition to Professional Practice Program (TPPP RM) at the Women's and Children's Hospital provides the newly registered Midwife with an opportunity to gain Midwifery experience, knowledge and clinical skills as they start their professional career.

Our TPPP RM curriculum aims to facilitate a learning environment which empowers transitioning staff to:

  • Navigate the workplace and professional culture
  • Practice as confident and competent professionals within their specialised field
  • Work as part of an effective inter professional team
  • Identify and celebrate the unique skills, knowledge and experiences each individual brings

To achieve this, transition support at the WCH:

  • Recognises and acknowledges the Stages of Transition© (Boychuk Duchscher 2007)
  • Recognises and acknowledges the reality of Transition Shock© (BD 2007)
  • Recognises and utilises the unique learning styles, personality types and character strengths of each individual
  • Formulates learning activities which incorporate critical thinking, evidence informed practice, reflection and simulation targeted at individual and group learning needs
  • Ensures constructive and timely feedback is provided to support transitioning staff
  • Equips teams with the skills and knowledge to support transitioning staff and individuals within these teams undertake support roles.

In 2020 a collaborative TPPP will be offered between the WCH and Country Health SA. Participants will complete two six month placements (with various clinical opportunities described below) and will attend a minimum of 4 study days across their placement sites. More information about this opportunity is available from the TPPP Educator and will be discussed at the information session.


Feedback from previous participants

"I have worked with some great midwives who have patiently given me their time, answered my questions, talked about their way of doing things and giving me feedback and encouragement." (TPPP RM)

"The TPPP-RM is challenging but great." (TPPP RM)

"The TPPP RM has been very support and I am grateful for this as it has made the transition so much easier." (TPPP RM)


Transition support

All Registered Midwives participating in the TPPP RM are provided with comprehensive support from a variety of skilled staff including:

  • Ward-based clinical educators
  • Preceptors and Post Graduate Buddies (previous TPPP RMs)
  • Nursing/Midwifery Unit Managers/Advanced Nursing/Midwifery Unit Managers
  • Nursing/Midwifery Managers
  • Transition Support Educator.

Program Details

Each TPPP RM position at the Women's and Children's Hospital provides transitioning Midwives with:

  • Transition support from the Transition Team, including 1:1 coaching when required
  • Orientation to the organisation and clinical areas
  • Participation in the PEPE program (extended support during orientation)
  • Clinical placement experiences including ward based education and support from clinical educators
  • Clinical feedback throughout each placement from senior staff
  • Professional Development Days (Transition to Midwifery Practice modules)
  • Weekly Chat Learn and Grow debriefs with the Transition Support Educator
  • Regular TPPP specific workshops which complement the study day and clinical education components of the curriculum.

Clinical Placement Opportunities

All clinical placements in the WCH Dedicated Program will be within the Women’s & Babies Division of the Women's and Children's Hospital. During your WCH Dedicated TPPP you will undertake various clinical placements in areas across the Women's and Babies Division such as the Delivery Suite, Postnatal Ward, Antenatal/Gynaecology Ward, Women's Assessment Unit, Outpatient clinics, and the Neonatal Special Care Unit. Specific information about each area can be found below.

Antenatal/Gynaecology Ward

The Antenatal/Gynaecology ward has 15 funded beds and admissions include women along the spectrum of antenatal conditions or those requiring gynaecological care with the occasional postnatal overflow woman and baby. Opportunities to consolidate and expand skills and knowledge abound here.

Delivery Suite

The Delivery Suite / High Dependency Unit consists of 16 all stage rooms which can accommodate antenatal, intrapartum, post-natal and gynaecology clients depending on clinical need. There are approximately 4700 births per year at the WCH. The Delivery Suite team also works collaboratively with WCHN Midwifery Group Practice. Working in this area provides Midwives with experience in caring for a variety of women across all risk groups.

Postnatal Ward

The Postnatal ward has 35 beds with the average length of stay being 24-48 hours. We take pride in the fact that we are BFHI accredited, with support available from a Lactation Consultant each day. We provide a home visiting service/domiciliary care as well as a Postnatal Baby Clinic which delivers outpatient services for neonatal follow-up.

Special Care Baby Unit

The SCBU has 35 beds and cares for babies from 32 weeks gestation onwards. This area provides respiratory and nutritional support to babies and supports parents in preparation for discharge. This unit works collaboratively with Neonatal Intensive Care.

Women's Assessment Service

The Women's Assessment Service is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week and is available for any woman who is pregnant or experiencing an urgent reproductive or gynaecological condition. The Triage midwife will also attend to any phone calls from women with concerns. This area also supports the Women’s Day Unit (WDU) where women attend for treatment such as Iron Infusions and Cardiotocography monitoring. On average the Women's Assessment Service supports 55 women per day and takes approx. 60 phone calls.

Women's Outpatients

This is a busy area providing care for women according to the state guidelines on the 'antenatal schedule for pregnant women'. Women experiencing complications of pregnancy are also supported by this area.


Clinical Placement Opportunities – WCH/CHSA Collaborative Program

Participants who undertake the WCH/CHSA Collaborative program will complete six months employment at the Women's and Children's Hospital (placements in Delivery Suite, Women's Assessment Service, Special Care Baby Unit) and six months at a Country Health SA site (Berri, Pt Augusta, Naracoorte).


Educational Opportunities and Ongoing Career Development

TPPP RM participants are provided with a comprehensive orientation to the organisation at the beginning of the program and to the clinical environments at the commencement of each placement.

All TPPP RMs will attend a variety of study days throughout the year which will also complimented by unit specific education opportunities and other hospital activities.

Transition support “Chat Learn and Grow” sessions are held each Wednesday afternoon. These opportunities allow participants to debrief and develop further clinical knowledge and critical thinking skills. Specific TPPP RM workshops are also held regularly throughout the year to provide participants with further opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in a safe learning environment.

Following a TPPP RM, ongoing employees can access a wide range of educational activities and opportunities to further their Midwifery career.


Clinical Practice Development and Feedback

Clinical feedback forms are completed within the TPPP RM, allowing the Registered Midwife to monitor their progress and clinical development across the year. Feedback is used to guide ongoing learning to maximise opportunities throughout the TPPP.


Completion of Program

A celebration is held at the beginning of each year for Registered Midwives who have completed the Transition to Professional Practice Program.


Information Session

A TPPP-RM Information Session will be held on Monday 19th August 2019 in the Alan Crompton Boardroom, Ground Floor, Zone E, WCH. 1400-1600 (see flyer for more information).

This session provided an opportunity to meet with the Transition Support Team and previous participants to learn about the program.

PDF iconTPPP-RM 2020 Information Session flyer (137kb)

PDF iconWCH Map (250kb)


Applying for the Program

Recruitment to 2019 SA Health Transition to professional Practice Programs will be done via a centralised SA Health process. For more detailed information regarding the application process, please visit the SA Health Careers site:

Link iconwww.sahealthcareers.com.au

For further transition support information, please contact:

Jayne Hartwig, Transition Support Educator
Email: jayne.hartwig@sa.gov.au

last modified: 04 Jul 2019