Nursing and Midwifery Office

Welcome to the Nursing and Midwifery Office (N&MO)

The Nursing and Midwifery Office provides support to the ACT Chief Nurse in the provision of strategic leadership to the nursing and midwifery professions by providing informed, evidence based advice on a range of local, national and international issues.

The Nursing and Midwifery office also provides information and advice on workforce planning and reform, recruitment and retention, regulation and practice, safety, best practice, education, research and policy across ACT Health.

The Office works in partnership and collaboration with nurses and midwives, government officers, consumers, healthcare organisations including professional bodies, educational providers and key stakeholders.

The Office also works to support the National Health Agenda and the aims, objectives and legislative requirements of ACT Health, the Australian Health Professions Regulation Authority and the Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nurses.

The Office facilitates a forum - ACT Nursing and Midwifery Network - that will provide networking opportunities and enhance communication between all nursing and midwifery sectors in the ACT and support a progressive work environment that strives for innovation and excellence in nursing and midwifery practice.

ACT Chief Nurse

The Nursing and Midwifery Office is led by Ms Veronica Croome as our ACT Chief Nurse. Ms Croome brings with her a wealth of knowledge and experience.

The Nursing and Midwifery Office supports the ACT Chief Nurse in the provision of strategic leadership for the Nursing and Midwifery professions within the ACT.

As a member of various committees the Chief Nurse provides leadership and advice and advocates for and promotes the ACT Nursing and Midwifery professions.

The Australian and New Zealand Councl of Chief Nurses (ANZCCN) is a network of all Chief Nursing Officers (CNO)/ Principal Nurse Advisers (PNA) in Australia and New Zealand working in Government.

The Council provides high level leadership and strategic policy advice through communication and collaboration with nursing and midwifery, other health professions and key stake holders, thereby enhancing a consistent response to nursing and midwifery and health related issues.

What we do

The N&MO team works with key stakeholders including State and National community and professional organisations, government departments, committees and nurses and midwives to achieve a number of key objectives.

Key objectives

Provide strategic advice to the ACT Government on a broad range of nursing and midwifery issues including workforce planning and reform, nursing and midwifery recruitment and retention, regulation, quality and best practice, education, training and scholarships, and research as well as nursing and midwifery related policy across the health and community care system

Provide leadership and support to the nursing and midwifery workforce by ensuring appropriate linkages with all nursing and midwifery professional bodies

Contribute to the achievement of government and organisational goals by working across the health sector to support the development and implementation of a variety of projects and initiatives related to nursing and midwifery

Represent ACT Health at relevant forums and on appropriate working parties in relation to nursing and midwifery issues at the local, national and international levels


  • Networking
  • Workforce Planning
  • Nursing/ Midwifery Research and Practice Development
  • Professional partnerships
  • Education partnerships
  • Education, training and capacity development for nurses and midwives
  • Professional Development and Scholarships
  • Regulation, Registration and Credentialing
  • Legislation
  • Workload monitoring

Projects and initiatives

The Nursing and Midwifery Office is involved in a number of projects and initiatives.


  • Review RN L3,4 & 5 Work Level Standards
  • Establish Work Level Standards for RN L2 and EN L2 classificiation

Our staff

The N&MO comprises a small and committed team of staff:

  • ACT Chief Nurse
  • Senior Nurse Advisor
  • Nurse Advisor
  • Nurse Advisor
  • Midwifery Advisor

Contact us

ACT Health Nursing and Midwifery Office
Level 3, Building 6, Canberra Hospital
Postal: PO Box 11, Woden, ACT, 2606

Telephone: (02) 6244 2147
Fax: (02) 6244 4630
Email: n&