Community Nursing and Midwifery

Our view of health is not limited to the absence of disease but takes the holistic approach of promoting and restoring positive wellbeing.

Community nurses and midwives identify vulnerabilities to poor health outcomes and provide early intervention to promote positive parenting and prevent exacerbation of chronic illness and unnecessary hospital admission.

Working in the community

The professionalism of the Health Directorate nurses and midwives who work in the community is evidenced by:

  • taking a leading role in implementing the principles of Primary Health Care
  • having a unique knowledge of the specialty areas in which they work
  • the capacity to practice autonomous with in diverse settings
  • working in partnership with clients, and their carers, in planning their care and in helping them achieve an optimum level of health and well being
  • recognising that there are multiple social determinants of health and therefore valuing cooperation with other health professionals and multi-sectorial collaboration
  • demonstrating a strong sense of compassion and dedication.

In the ACT Health Directorate community based nurses and midwives are located across the following Clinical Divisions:

  • Women, Youth and Children
  • Rehabilitation, Aged and Community Care
  • Capital Region Cancer Service
  • Mental Health, Justice Health & Drug and Alcohol Services
  • Medicine.

Community Nursing Specialty Areas

  • Ambulatory Care
  • Asthma education
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Child at risk health care
  • Child development assessment
  • Child protection education
  • Clinical support and preceptorship
  • Community acute/post acute care
  • Community Health Intake
  • Complex care coordination (adults)
  • Continence and stoma care
  • Corrections Health
  • Drug Withdrawal Unit
  • Hospital in the Home
  • Immunisation
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Nurse audiometry
  • Nursing management
  • Opioid Treatment Service
  • Parenting education and support
  • Professional development and research
  • Programs for vulnerable families
  • School youth health nursing
  • Student health in Special Schools
  • Women’s Health
  • Wound management

Workplaces

In order to meet a broad range of health needs, nurses and midwives in the community provide a comprehensive range of services to clients from a wide variety of work settings including:

  • Community Health Centres at Belconnen, Phillip, City, Tuggeranong and Dickson
  • Primary Health clinics and outpatients clinics
  • Hume Health Centre at the Alexander Maconochie Centre
  • Bimberi Youth Justice Centre
  • Public and private primary and secondary schools
  • Early childhood schools
  • Malkara, Black Mountain and Cranleigh Special Schools
  • Child Health Clinics
  • Withdrawal unit
  • Aged care facilities
  • Clients’ homes
  • Child and Family Centres – Gungahlin, Tuggeranong and West Belconnen
  • Community facilities.

Community Nursing and Midwifery Symposium

The Symposium is an annual event which provides an opportunity to share community nursing and midwifery initiatives e.g. research, education projects and activities being undertaken within the community setting.

It provides an opportunity for nurses or midwives to present to their peers within a supportive environment as part of their professional development. It showcases the diversity of nursing and midwifery roles within the Health Directorate.

Contact us

For additional information on working as a nurse in the community please contact the Community Care Nursing Services Manager on (02) 6207 1212 or email: elizabeth.crowhurst@act.gov.au

For clients needing to access community nursing services, contact:

Call the Community Health Intake contact centre: on (02) 6207 9977 between 8am and 5pm weekdays.