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 2019

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.

At the Women's and Children's Hospital we recognise the first year of professional practice is an exciting (but sometimes challenging) time for new nurses. Our program curriculum is based on the principles of the Transition Theory (Stages and Shock models) created by Dr Judy Boychuk Duchscher (2007) with the aim of ensuring that the new Registered Nurse is supported and encouraged throughout their transition journey.

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 RM’s)
  • Midwifery Unit Managers/Advanced Midwifery Unit Managers
  • 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.

Clinical Placement Opportunities

All clinical placements will be within the Women's & Babies Division of the Women's and Children's Hospital. During your TPPP you will undertake various clinical placements in areas 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

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. This area also manages the Pregnancy Induction Assessment Unit (PIAS) where care is provided for induction of labour, external cephalic versions, iron and intragram infusions. The multidisciplinary team works collaboratively with WCHN Midwifery Group Practice. There are approximately 4700 births per year at the WCHN. 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.

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.

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.

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

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. This area also manages the Pregnancy Induction Assessment Unit (PIAS) where care is provided for induction of labour, external cephalic versions, iron and intragram infusions. The multidisciplinary team works collaboratively with WCHN Midwifery Group Practice. There are approximately 4700 births per year at the WCHN. Working in this area provides Midwives with experience in caring for a variety of women across all risk groups.

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 RM’s will attend a variety of study days throughout the year which will also complimented by unit specific education opportunities and other hospital activities.

Specific transition support “Chat Learn and Grow” sessions are also held each Wednesday afternoon. These opportunities allow participants to debrief and develop further clinical knowledge and critical thinking skills.

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

Performance Development

Clinical feedback forms are completed within the TPPP RM, allowing the Registered Midwife to monitor their progress and clinical development across the year.

Completion of Program

A celebration is held 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 20th August 2018 in the Alan Crompton Boardroom, Ground Floor, Zone E, WCH. 1400-1600 (see flyer for more information).

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

PDF iconTPPP-RM 2019 Information Session flyer (148kb)

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 information, please contact:

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

last modified: 07 May 2018