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Nursing and Midwifery Office

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The Nursing and Midwifery Office leads innovation in nursing and midwifery policy and practice with the aim of improving service delivery throughout metropolitan and rural areas.

The purpose and objectives of the Nursing and Midwifery Office, include, but are not limited to:

  • Providing leadership, advice, information and guidance on all issues relating to the nursing and midwifery professions in WA
  • Promotion and development of the current WA nursing and midwifery professions
  • Leading innovation in nursing and midwifery policy and practice to ensure optimal clinical outcomes for the WA community
  • Initiating, developing and monitoring workforce policy and strategic plans in order to build sustainable nursing and midwifery workforces
  • Promoting the nursing and midwifery professions as careers of choice to the WA community, engaging those planning a career and those wishing to change careers

Achieving our objectives involves working in partnership and collaboration with nurses and midwives, consumers, healthcare-related industries, education providers, and other key stakeholders.

The Nursing and Midwifery in WA: Achievements and challenges 2009-2011 (PDF 3.22MB) report provides a snapshot of the many programs and projects undertaken by the Nursing and Midwifery Office.

The Nursing and Midwifery Office is an integral part of the Public Health and Clinical Services Division of the Department of Health and the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer is Catherine Stoddart.

The WA Health State Executive Directors of Nursing and Midwifery (SEDONM) are nursing and midwifery leaders who advise and inform the Chief Nurse and Midwifery Officer on current nursing and midwifery issues within WA. This group develops strategies that ensure quality, equity and consistency in the nursing and midwifery professions across WA Health.

The Nursing and Midwifery Office formed WA’s first Aboriginal consultative group, the WA Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Advisory Committee (ANMAC). The group consists of Aboriginal nurses and midwives from each region of WA and key partners including the Aboriginal Health Council WA, Aboriginal Health Division and the Congress of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nurses (CATSIN). This leadership group is the primary consultative body reporting to the Chief nurse and Midwifery Officer on the development and implementation of the WA Aboriginal Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Plan 2011-2015 (PDF 441KB)

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