Refresher course puts midwives back in jobs
GLADSTONE Hospital is looking for midwives who want to re-enter the profession.
Director of Nursing Sandy Munro said the hospital wanted midwives who had been out of the workforce for five years or less to come and do the 'Re-entry Refresher Midwifery Program'.
'We are prepared to pay these midwives to do the refresher course,' Ms Munro said.
'In the past those midwives who wanted to do the refresher course have had to do the course in their own time and pay for it themselves.
'We are so keen to have some of our local midwives back working at the hospital that we are prepared to pay for the course, conditional on them working for the hospital for a period of time.'
The Re-entry Refresher Midwifery Program involves 260 hours of training over a six to eight week period.
'The value of the course is around $6000,' Ms Munro said.
Ms Munro said while half their current staff were midwifery trained they were in need of registered midwives.
'There is a chronic shortage of midwives not only in our region but in the state and throughout the world.
'We are hopeful our offer to those midwives who have left the workforce will act as an incentive to get them back working in the field.
'We are willing to employ those midwives who want to do the refresher course on either a part-time of full-time basis.'
Gladstone Hospital has vacancies for three midwives.