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Free Next Gen Leadership Webinars

Don’t miss out on these free professional webinars for all ACT nurses and midwives (public and private). The series includes four different webinars over four weeks and covers a range of topics about how to be an effective and holistic clinical leader. Each webinar will contribute 1 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) hour towards your nursing or midwifery registration for the year.

For more details and to register visit Eventbrite.

The ACT Health Nursing and Midwifery Office (NMO) provides strategic nursing and midwifery advice on local, national and international issues to the ACT Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, ACT Health Executives and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce Executives. Their principal focus is on health policy, professional and regulatory governance, career development and workforce issues.

The team also manages strategic projects on workforce development, career advancement, scholarships, workloads, and other initiatives. The NMO researches and responds to government and non-government agencies on national and international issues on health policy, regulation and professional standards.

The NMO is led by the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and supported by Nurse and Midwifery Advisors and Project Officers.

Please contact us on 02 5124 8310 or email for more information.

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO)

The ACT CNMO is the professional leader for the nursing and midwifery professions in the ACT.

The CNMO is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the primary, community and tertiary services delivered by nurses and midwives and the ongoing development of the professions across the Territory. The CNMO represents the ACT on the Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers.


Mr Anthony Dombkins is the ACT Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer.  

Nurse Practitioner

What is a nurse practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is an experienced registered nurse educated to a masters degree level and authorised to function autonomously and collaboratively in an advanced and extended clinical role.

The nurse practitioner role includes assessment and management of clients using nursing knowledge and skills and may include, but is not limited to:

  • the direct referral of patients to other health care professionals 
  • prescribing medications 
  • ordering diagnostic investigations. 

The nurse practitioner role is grounded in the nursing profession’s values, knowledge, theories and practice and provides innovative and flexible health care delivery that complements other health care providers. 

The scope of practice of the nurse practitioner is determined by the context in which the nurse practitioner is authorised to practise.


The endorsement of registration identifies registered nurses and midwives with additional qualifications and specific expertise who meet the requirements of the relevant registration standard.

Find out more from the following resources:

Further education

Educational institutions offering Master of Nursing (Nurse Practitioner) include:

More information

Visit the Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP) website (external site) to find out more about nurse practitioners.

International Workforce Development

The ACT government made an election commitment to fund a project aimed at developing a qualified health workforce in the Asia-Pacific region by providing training and development opportunities for nurses and midwives from several nations.

A memorandum of understanding was signed with the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services covering a program bringing Fijian Registered Nurses to the ACT for 12 week courses focusing on professional development. Three programs have been completed for 10 individual Fijian Registered Nurses.  A program evaluation is currently underway.

Nurse & Midwife Support

Nurse & Midwife Support (NM Support) is the first national telephone and online service to offer health support to nurses and midwives in Australia. It is free, confidential and available 24/7.
N&M Support strive to contribute to better health and wellbeing for nurses and midwives, and safer care for the public.

Phone support

Nurses and midwives who call the telephone service will have 24/7 access to an experienced team who can assist with a wide range of health and wellbeing related issues that may be affecting their practice. The service also provides support to nursing and midwifery students, educators, employers and concerned family members.

Free call: 1800 667 877

Online support

The website has been designed for nurses and midwives so that you can find health services and information and access to email support.

NM Support

Who's involved

NM Support is a Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) initiative and is run by Turning Point, a leading addiction treatment, research and education organisation. NM Support is independent of the NMBA and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

About Turning Point

Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre was established in 1994 to provide leadership to the drug and alcohol field in Victoria, Australia. They became part of Eastern Health in 2009 and are formally affiliated with Monash University. Turning Point operates several telephone and online support services across Australia. To find out more go to the Turning Point website


The NMO supports various nursing and midwifery research projects. For more information, please see Nursing and Midwifery Research

Page last updated on: 23 Oct 2020