SA Health Rural Midwifery Capability Sets for Regional South Australia

Providing maternity services in regional settings provides a plethora of opportunities for midwives at all levels and spectrums of their careers. It enables experiences where the midwife is able to draw on their broad breadth of training and experience and transition to this unique and sometimes challenging setting.

To share the expectation of what is expected when practising as a midwife in regional settings, the SA Health Rural Midwifery Capability Sets for Regional South Australia (PDF 2MB) have been created. While experienced midwives bring transferable skills and knowledge to the workplace, they may not have had exposure to particular capabilities required for an area of sub-speciality; had an opportunity to increase their individual professional scope of practice, or have had the opportunity to apply their current knowledge and skills to a particular group of women or neonates with specific needs.

These capability sets articulate general, antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal clinical expectations. Within each of these capabilities are core defined and measurable key performance indicators (expectations) of each capability, including key resources as identified throughout the document. What is critical to remember is that not all the capabilities listed need to be achieved or held but rather worked towards by immersive and experiential learning opportunities. 

These capability sets also support a clinical midwifery exchange program between all regional and metropolitan settings that is currently being developed. More information will be available in the near future.

For further information please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office phone (08) 8226 0749.