Midwifery is an exciting and a dynamic career that supports women and their families from preconception to the year following birth of a baby.
If your profession is Midwife in accordance with the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) 2541-11, you can apply for any visa in the General Skilled Migration (GSM) Programme. Visas in this category include the Skilled Independent 189, the Skilled Nominated 190, the Skilled Regional Nominated 489 or the Skilled Regional Sponsored 489 visas. Further, if you have a firm offer of employment you can apply for a number of employer sponsored visas.
As a midwife in Australia, you can expect to be paid around AUS $ 70,000 per year. Depending on the experience and skill level, you can start at AUS $ 63,000 per annum and go up to AUS $ 79,000. A midwife can practise in a hospital or privately.
Key Responsibilities and Duties:
- Help women have a health pregnancy and natural birth experience
- Recognize and deal with deviations from the normal situations during pregnancy and childbirth
- Refer pregnant women to a medical practitioner when they require care beyond the midwives area of expertise
- Liaise with medical practitioners in caring for childbearing women
- Handle certain situations that may be described as normal variations or may even be considered abnormal
- Take preventive measures
- Promote normal birth in women
- Detect complication in mother and child
- Assess medical or other appropriate assistance and carry out emergency measures
- Health counselling and education to the childbearing woman, her family and community
To become a registered midwife, there are two pathways. Either you can complete a Bachelor of Nursing and then complete postgraduate studies in midwifery, or complete Bachelor of Midwifery (3 years full time or the equivalent part time.) These degrees provide theoretical knowledge and clinical work experience.
Course requirements are High School Certificate with the required subjects (English, Mathematics and s science subject) and an appropriate Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or equivalent. You may need a First Aid Certificate too.
Neonatal nurses have the delicate job of caring for the new-born infants. This nursing career requires high level of diligence and teamwork.
If your profession is Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) in accordance with the Australian and New Zealand Standard Classification of Occupations (ANZSCO) 2544-25, you can apply for any visa in the General Skilled Migration (GSM) Programme. Visas in this category include the Skilled Independent 189, the Skilled Nominated 190, the Skilled Regional Nominated 489 or the Skilled Regional Sponsored 489 visas. Further, if you have a firm offer of employment you can apply for a number of employer sponsored visas.
As a neonatal nurse in Australia, you may care for healthy infants, premature babies, new-borns who are ill or exclusively care for seriously ill new-borns in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Neonatal nurses who are registered nurses (RNs) and neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) can work in clinics, community-based settings, hospitals, schools or neonatal intensive care units.
A neonatal nurse can expect to earn a salary of AUS $ 65,000 to AUS $ 70,000 per annum. A neonatal nurse practitioner can earn up to AUS $ 103,880.
There are 3 levels in the neonatal nursing specialty:
Level I : Care for healthy infants – The demand for this level of nursing is decreasing.
LevelI : Care for premature and sick babies – The demand is high.
Level III : Care for seriously ill or premature infants – The demand is very high.
Key Responsibilities and Duties:
- Liaise with neonatologists, other nurse specialists and parents to achieve optimal results for the patients
- Provide constant care to premature, ill and seriously ill babies around the clock
- Check on ventilators and incubators constantly
- Ensure that the babies are responding well to medical procedures
- Teach parents how to care for their infants properly
A neonatal nurse should be a registered nurse (RN) with a four-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. Also, she should be certified in Neonatal Resuscitation and / or Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing. Further the position might require a minimum number of years of clinical experience in a hospital setting.
The position of a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) requires Master of Science Degree that can be acquired through a 2-year Advanced Practice Neonatal Nursing (APNN) programme. This programme will prepares the candidate for nursing licensure as a nurse practitioner (NP) and or clinical nurse specialist (CNS).