Are you a registered nurse? Are you interested in becoming a midwife?  

NSLHD offers opportunities for registered nurses to undertake midwifery education at our maternity services at Hornsby and Royal North Shore Hospitals in a dynamic, rewarding and challenging professional environment.



NSLHD is committed to the provision of collaborative, woman-centred maternity care, where women and their families are supported through pregnancy, labour and birth, and postnatal. Midwifery encompasses primary health care principles as well as emotional and social aspects of birth. 

Our maternity services are guided by NSW Health policies, NSLHD and local guidelines which are evidence-based and support best practice.

Innovative midwifery-led and collaborative models of care are offered within the NSLHD across the spectrum of care from normal pregnancy and birth to women and babies with more complex needs.   

We are responsive to contemporary trends and challenges in healthcare. 


How do I apply?

Applications open: 10am, Friday 8 June 2018

Applications close: 10 am, Friday 22 June 2018

Applications can be submitted through the NSW Health website


When will interviews be held?

Interviews at NSLHD are scheduled for Monday 16 - Tuesday 17 July 2018

Interviews will be face-to-face only; we are not able to conduct interviews by phone or by videoconferencing. You will be notified by email of an appointment for interview.  


What do I need to know?

All the information you need to complete your application, including key dates and eligibility criteria, is available in the 2019 MidStART Handbook.  You should read this handbook thoroughly before submitting your application. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact one of our educational consultants.

Registered nurses wishing to become midwives are required to complete both a recognised university postgraduate course in midwifery and be employed as a midwifery student in a maternity service to gain the necessary clinical experience.   

All programs in NSLHD commence in February 2019.


Which university course should I enrol in?

Your university application is a separate and additional process. NSLHD partners with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) for the postgraduate midwifery education program. Please see the UTS website for more information about the course and their application process.


NSLHD Maternity Services

Hornsby Hospital

Hornsby Hospital maternity unit has a birth rate of approximately 1200 per year, providing care for women with normal and moderate risk pregnancies. 

This maternity service offers several models of care including midwifery group practice, midwives clinics, clinics for culturally and linguistically diverse women, GP shared care and medical clinics. Midwifery students rotate through all areas of maternity care, providing a comprehensive midwifery educational experience.

Hornsby's innovative SWIM clinic (students with women innovative model with midwifery education) is student-led under the guidance of a midwifery educator and midwifery consultant. Midwifery students are expected to work as a small group practice in this continuity of care model through the continuum of antenatal, birth and the postnatal period.


Royal North Shore Hospital

Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) is a tertiary referral centre with approximately 2500 births a year. RNSH provides a maternity service for all women in the local area as well as offering a State-wide referral service for high risk women and newborns. A new maternity facility with an evidence-based, innovative design to support an environment that promotes normal birth opened in late 2014.

Midwifery students gain a wide range of experience in all areas of maternity care - the maternity ward, the birthing unit, the antenatal student midwife clinic for continuity of care experiences, the midwifery support program (support in the home), midwifery group practice (primary health, continuity of midwifery carer model), the maternal fetal medicine unit and the special care nursery.

During the program, monthly education sessions and meetings are conducted to offer ongoing support to the Postgraduate Student Midwives. 

The program includes a clinical placement at the Ryde Midwifery Group Practice, a stand-alone maternity service at Ryde Hospital and an optional clinical experience at Northern Beaches Maternity Service.  


What if I would like more information? 

For more information on the MidStART program at NSLHD please contact one of our education consultants on (02) 9477 9506 (Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Hospital) or (02) 9926 7233 (Royal North Shore Hospital). 

For more information on the MidStART interviews and recruitment process at NSLHD, please contact the NSLHD nursing and midwifery directorate on (02) 9462 9486 or email