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Midwifery - First Year of Practice

Midwifery First Year of Practice


  • Looking for your First Year of Practice Opportunity?
  • Want a supportive and caring team?
  • Looking for a mix of lifestyle and work?


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 Southland Hospital, Invercargill, for 1 year at 64 hours per fortnight.


Your Opportunity

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.


We 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.


How it works?

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. Southern DHB has close affiliations with local tertiary education providers so there are  excellent opportunities for your continued learning. 


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

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.”


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, hiking, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone.  Check out https://southernhealthcareers.nz/ 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:

  • What appeals to you about living and working in Invercargill?
  • What strategies would you use to ensure your success as a Midwife in our team?
  • Please use your final year clinical coordinator as one of your referees or recent employer, and confirm your permission to contact the referees


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 Southland Hospital, Invercargill, will begin their role anytime from January 2022.


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Closing date: Tuesday, 30 November 2021

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.


For further information please contact Milair Ryalls, Recruitment Advisor, (03) 470 9268   Milair.ryalls@southerndhb.govt.nz


Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here:  Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors


Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)
  • COVID 19 Vaccination

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