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Position Title: New Graduate Midwives
Location: Otago/Southland
FTE (Hours): 0.8 FTE - 32 Hours Per Week
Date Posted: 18/09/2020
Application Closing Date: 18/10/2020 11PM
Job #: 063484
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Graduate Midwives (Midwifery First Year of Practice) Positions

Dunedin and Southland Hospital

  • Are you in your final year of Midwifery study and thinking about options for later this year or next year?
  • Do you want join an experienced and supportive team for your first year of midwifery practice?
  • One graduate position available in Queen Mary Maternity, Dunedin Hospital and one on the Maternity Ward, Southland Hospital.


At Southern District Health Board (SDHB) we value our community and it is therefore vital to us that we take the very best care of our women, their babies and whanau at such an important time in their lives. We have a Midwifery First Year of Practice programme specifically tailored to new graduates running in both of our Main Hospitals, Dunedin and Southland for 1 year at 64 hours per fortnight.


About the Teams

Described as “the United Nations of Midwives” due to the rich diversity of our team, Southland Hospital Maternity Service births around 1,200 babies every year in an 18-bed integrated unit. We provide antenatal, labour, birth and postnatal care for women who have LMCs or who require secondary care. While the hospital is based in Invercargill, most of our patients live in the wider Southland catchment, which adds a strong rural and community feel to our work.

At Queen Mary Maternity Centre, located at Dunedin Hospital, we birth around 1,800 babies every year and offer primary birthing facilities as well as being a secondary and tertiary level obstetric service provider for the Otago/Southland region. We consider ourselves to be very fortunate working in Queen Mary, as not only do we get to care for fabulous women and families from all across our diverse region, we also get to work alongside kind, compassionate, dedicated midwives and other health professionals to provide a safe and positive birthing experience. 

Both hospitals work very closely with the midwifery and medical schools as well as LMCs to ensure we give the kind of care our patients deserve. We are looking for new graduates with a commitment to quality care and the embodiment of the Southern DHB values, Kind, Open, Positive and a Sense of Community in all that they do.


About the Role – what’s in it for me?

As a new graduate in your Midwifery First Year of Practice, you will be rostered for shifts across antenatal, delivery and postnatal areas in a fully supportive environment with a nominated preceptor. You will receive a comprehensive orientation with supported educational opportunities. SDHB has close affiliations with local tertiary education providers ensuring excellent opportunities for continued learning. 

Don’t take our word for it, here’s what our previous intakes say:


Southland: “I found my First Year of Practice here at Southland Hospital a really good experience.  My midwifery colleagues were really supportive and always available for advice and support when I needed it.  As a new grad I was given a wide range of clinical experiences including both primary and secondary care of women and their babies, as well as being released to attend the various MFYP training and education days.  By the end of my first year of practice I felt that I had grown and developed into a confident midwife practitioner.”


Dunedin: “I graduated with my Midwifery Degree at the end of 2016, and started the new grad program at Queen Mary February 2017. It was bit of a ‘baptism by fire’, but of course the most effective way to learn is by experience or ‘doing‘. It was amazing as a new grad to be surrounded by a team of knowledgeable colleagues who were always on hand to provide support and information in those tricky learning moments. The new grad program provided a great safety net for the start of my midwifery career.”


We are very excited to be able to offer the voluntary bonding scheme which is an incentive based payment scheme to reward graduates who work in hard-to-staff communities for 3-5 years after graduation. Find out more here:


About You

We are looking for new graduate midwives who are committed and motivated to become the very best in their profession. You will have exceptional communication skills allowing you to build strong rapport with women and their whanau and also to work within the wider team. Your attitude, work and approach will be consistent, reliable and you will be a proactive learner who is keen to learn new skills.


About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like-minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

Now is a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move! The Southern district offers unrivalled benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone.  Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


Ready to Apply?

Please apply online and provide the following as part of your CV and Covering Letter your preference of location as one of the following:

  • Southland Hospital
  • Dunedin Hospital
  • Either Southland or Dunedin


If you are looking for a first year placement that gives you a wealth of learning experiences and a fantastic grounding to kick-start your Midwifery career we would love to hear from you! Successful applicants in Dunedin will begin their role anytime from August 2020 and successful applicants in Southland will begin February 2021.


Closing Date: Sunday 18 October 2020

For further information please contact Tara Hobbs, Recruitment Advisor –Women’s & Children’s Health Directorate. Phone: (03) 470 9357 or Email:


Children’s Act 2014

Due to this position having contact with children, and the SDHB’s commitment to child protection, you will be subject to ‘safety checks’ under the Children’s Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.


Pre-Employment Occupational Health Assessment

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an Occupational Health Assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for.

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