Nursing and Midwifery Office

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 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 nmo@act.gov.au 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.

Hamish Jeffrey

Mr Hamish Jeffrey is currently acting as the ACT Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer.  He has had a varied career in nursing and health administration across all sectors of healthcare in Australia. Experiences include senior nursing and midwifery roles in clinical, management and executive positions. His professional experiences are diverse, spanning primary health care to acute hospital care from critical care to palliative care.  His professional interests are professional experiences and expertise, scope of practice and workforce diversity and sustainability. He comes from a long line of nurses and is a proud advocate for nursing and midwifery.

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.

Become a nurse practitioner

To practise in Western Australia a nurse practitioner must hold endorsement with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (external site).

Endorsement

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.

Sabbatical Leave

The ACT Public Service Nursing and Midwifery Enterprise Agreement 2013-2017 allows Sabbatical Leave entitlements for up to 12 nurses and midwives each year.

Nurses and Midwives can apply for Sabbatical Leave if they have been employed by ACT Health in a permanent position for a minimum of 2 years. Leave applications must be submitted and approved at least 12 months before the intended first day of leave.

Please see the links below for more information.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Sabbatical Leave Guidelines <link to document>
  • Application for Sabbatical Leave <link to document>
Research

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

Page last updated on: 16 Aug 2019