Nursing and Midwifery Exchange Program

The Nursing and Midwifery Exchange Program is designed to boost Queensland Health’s nursing and midwifery workforces—from recently graduated nurses and midwives through to senior staff—by providing mentorship opportunities where staff impart their knowledge and wisdom to help sustain these workforces.

The program is a partnership between the Office of the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer and South West Hospital and Health Service.

It involves a rural and remote-based candidate exchanging places with a colleague of the same level from a regional or metropolitan-based facility for 12 weeks. However, the exact duration of the exchange can be longer or shorter than 3 months. The NMEP coordinator will work with matched candidates to determine the exchange specifics.

The candidates are matched based on their skills mix and areas of interest, and the capacity each health service has to release and receive staff. Candidates must:

  • relocate to the town or city
  • work the allocated shifts in the nominated health facility.

Transport and accommodation costs will be subsidised.

This program is only open to Queensland Health staff.

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What participants say about NMEP

NMEP has been described as a ‘wonderful opportunity’ and something candidates would ‘100 per cent recommend’.

Pilot exchange

In our first exchange, husband and wife Geoff and Donna left behind their life and work at Logan Hospital to spend 12 weeks in Dirranbandi and St George.

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Tessa and Georgie

Georgie Blain and Tessa Rowe experienced how each other lives. For 3 months, Georgie took over Tessa's role at Cairns Hospital while Tessa experienced life as a rural and remote nurse in Weipa.

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This program is open to Queensland Health nurses and midwives who meet the following criteria.

Endorsed Enrolled Nurses (EEN)

You must have at least 1 year’s experience.

Nurses and Midwives NRG 5.2–10

You must have at least 1 year’s experience.

All applicants

  • You must be up to date with mandatory training, and have approval from both your line manager and director of nursing/nursing director.
  • You may be required to hold certain skills for rural/remote areas in line with the particular clinical placement areas, such as:
    • advanced life support
    • pediatric advanced life support
    • iminent birth
    • cannulation/venepuncture skills.
  • You must be able to commit to a 12-week program.

You will also need to provide details of how:

  • the exchange program will support your professional development
  • you plan to use the experience back at your ‘home’ base.

For more information, download the NMEP Guidelines and application form, or email the NMEP coordinator.

Last updated: 18 December 2018