If you're a previously registered midwife, our re-entry to midwifery scholarships help you to re-enter practice in the NSW public health system through supervised practice. These scholarships are linked to subsequent employment and paid to the local health district/specialty network (LHD/SN) to support your supervised practice.

Up to $10,000 is available to the LHD/SN for each applicant.

If you want to re-enter practice as a midwife, you have to meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). This may include a period of supervised practice.

If the NMBA has granted provisional registration (with conditions), you may be employed during this time.

For more information on re-registration, see the NMBA Re-entry to Practice Policy and the Framework for the assessment of nursing and midwifery applicants for re-entry to practice.


  • be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
  • have a letter from the NMBA saying that you need to take an NMBA approved re-entry to practice pathway
  • have previous relevant clinical midwifery experience
  • agree to employment in a permanent full or part time position in the NSW public health system for a period of two years (minimum 16 hours per week)
  • meet NSW Health pre-employment screening checks

The LHD/SN must also have a suitable position that's available and identified


  • Once you have a formal letter of advice from the NMBA regarding the need to do supervised practice, contact the nursing and midwifery workforce manager in the LHD/SN where you would like to be employed to discuss employment opportunities.
  • If an opportunity exists, and you accept an offer of employment as per the conditions above, the LHD/SN will contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office to progress your application.

For more information please contact the Nursing and Midwifery Office at the Ministry of Health on (02) 9391 9528

Current as at: Tuesday 8 December 2020
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