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) 2022

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 and maternity services for women and their families during the continuum of childbirth who require standard and specialised care. 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 2022 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
  • Extended support during orientation as part of the SMaRTE2 Start Program
  • 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 – WCH Dedicated Program

All clinical placements in the WCH Dedicated Program will be within the Women's and Babies Division of the Women's and Children's Hospital. During your WCH Dedicated TPPP you will undertake clinical rotations in Delivery Suite and Postnatal wards. In addition, you will work in at least 2 other clinical areas. We will ask you to nominate where you want to work so you can build on your past experiences or explore new opportunities. Various clinical placements are available in areas across the Women's and Babies Division such as 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 admits and cares for women across 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 (including FSEP and Prompt) throughout the year which will be complimented by unit specific education opportunities and other learning resources/opportunities in clinical areas. Specific TPPP RM workshops are also held regularly throughout the year to provide participants with opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills in a safe learning environment.

Transition support "Chat Learn and Grow" sessions are held weekly. These opportunities allow participants to debrief with each other and develop reflection, and critical thinking skills combined with self-care strategies.

The WCH TPPP RM is the first step in your ongoing Midwifery career. During the year, you will be informed of the future career development opportunities available. Education regarding career pathways will also be provided.

Clinical Practice Development and Feedback

During the TPPP RM, clinical feedback and reflection opportunities are provided to each participant. This constructive feedback is utilised by individuals to identify achievements and to identify ongoing learning objectives.

Working Hours and Starting Dates

Contracts at the Women's and Children's Hospital will be offered as 0.84FTE – 4 days per week. All ward placements require participants to work over a 7-day roster on all shifts.

It is anticipated that positions will commence in mid-February and March 2021 (please note these are subject to final confirmation).

Please note the proposed start dates when considering your application – remember, you MUST be registered BEFORE starting your TPPP contract.

Completion of Program

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

2022 Information Session

Our 2022 WCH TPPP information session will be held on Thursday, 19 August 2021, 1400–1500 in the Alan Crompton Boardroom and available via MS Teams.

Bookings for the session are essential. Please register for either face to face or MS Teams attendance at https://bookings.digitalmedia.sahealth.sa.gov.au/wchn/caform.

A frequently asked questions document is also available:

PDF iconTransition To Professional Practice Program for Registered Midwives 2022 – FAQ  (357kb)

Applying for the Program

Recruitment to 2022 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:

Ginny Wilkinson – Acting Transition Support Educator, Midwifery
Email: ginny.wilkinson@sa.gov.au

last modified: 04 Jun 2021