Nursing and Midwifery Office

The ACT Health Nursing and Midwifery Office (NMO) provides strategic nursing and midwifery advice on local, national and international issues to the ACT Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, ACT Health Executives and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce Executives. Their principal focus is on health policy, professional and regulatory governance, career development and workforce issues.

The ACT Health Nursing and Midwifery Office (NMO) provides strategic nursing and midwifery advice on local, national and international issues to the ACT Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, ACT Health Executives and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce Executives. Their principal focus is on health policy, professional and regulatory governance, career development and workforce issues.

The team also manages strategic projects on workforce development, career advancement, scholarships, workloads, and other initiatives. The NMO researches and responds to government and non-government agencies on national and international issues on health policy, regulation and professional standards.

The NMO is led by the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and supported by Nurse and Midwifery Advisors and Project Officers.

Please contact us on 02 5124 4978 or email nmo@act.gov.au for more information.

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO)

The ACT CNMO is the professional leader for the nursing and midwifery professions in the ACT.

The CNMO is responsible for leading the strategic direction of the primary, community and tertiary services delivered by nurses and midwives and the ongoing development of the professions across the Territory. The CNMO represents the ACT on the Australian and New Zealand Council of Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers.

Adjunct Professor, Dr. Margaret McLeod is the current ACT CNMO. As a Senior Executive, Dr. McLeod holds wide professional nursing and midwifery experience and expertise drawn from her academic, clinical and management practice in metropolitan, regional and rural Australia.

Dr McLeod is responsible for leading the nursing and midwifery research agenda for ACT Health. Her principal research interests are civilian and military nursing history, reflecting her doctoral inquiry, and Australian biography.

She provides high level advice to Government, ACT Health and Calvary Public Hospital Bruce on national and territory wide health policy, governance and standards, workforce development and workload issues.

Special Projects

Nurses and Midwives: toward a safer culture – the first step

The ACT Government recognises the impact of workplace violence and aggression as a global problem confronting all health care workers, particularly nurses and midwives.

As the largest employer of health care practitioners, ACT Health is committed to meeting its obligations under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (ACT) and the ACT Public Service Nursing and Midwifery Enterprise Agreement 2013-2017.

In accordance with these obligations, and to respond to increasing incidents of workplace aggression and violence, the ACT Minister for Health and Wellbeing formalised a parliamentary agreement after the 2016 election to “Develop a Nurse Safety Strategy through forums with stakeholders, focusing on high risk areas” (Parliamentary Agreement for the 9th Legislative Assembly).

ACT Health is currently working with key stakeholders to improve systems and devise resources to enhance the workplace safety for nurses and midwives.

ACT Health Strategic Plan for Nurse Practitioners 2018

ACT Health is undertaking a strategic assessment of Nurse Practitioners in the ACT. This assessment follows the release of the 2017 independent review of governance arrangements.

An independent consultant has been commissioned to complete this assessment and develop a strategic plan to help future service development. These results are pending.

International Workforce Development

The ACT government made an election commitment to fund a project aimed at developing a qualified health workforce in the Asia-Pacific region by providing training and development opportunities for nurses and midwives from several nations.

A memorandum of understanding was signed with the Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services covering a program bringing Fijian Registered Nurses to the ACT for 12 week courses focusing on professional development. Three programs have been completed for 10 individual Fijian Registered Nurses.  A program evaluation is currently underway.

Sabbatical Leave

The ACT Public Service Nursing and Midwifery Enterprise Agreement 2013-2017 allows Sabbatical Leave entitlements for up to 12 nurses and midwives each year.

Nurses and Midwives can apply for Sabbatical Leave if they have been employed by ACT Health in a permanent position for a minimum of 2 years. Leave applications must be submitted and approved at least 12 months before the intended first day of leave.

Please see the links below for more information.

  • Nursing and Midwifery Sabbatical Leave Guidelines <link to document>
  • Application for Sabbatical Leave <link to document>
Research

The NMO supports various nursing and midwifery research projects. For more information, please see Nursing and Midwifery Research

Page last updated on: 26 Oct 2018