Canberra needs skilled midwives11 September 2015 by News Desk
More skilled midwives are needed for hospitals in Canberra, Australia.
There is a national shortage of practising midwives across the country and hospitals in Canberra are feeling the pressure, officials say.
Jenny Miragaya of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation said: “There is a national and international crisis with regards to shortage of nurses and midwives.”
And she says the problem is two-fold – trained midwives leaving the profession and the unwillingness of employers to take on new graduates.
Marie Heath, National President of Midwives Australia, says: “We must make sure that midwives are retained because we have a lot of midwives that are leaving the profession after they achieve their qualifications.”
Across Australia, the most common outpatient services are midwifery and maternity (1.7 million services) and orthopaedics (960,000 services).
Darrell Todd of thinkingaustralia says: “If you are a qualified midwife or nurse looking for a career or lifestyle change then Australia needs you. Contact us today to find out how you could soon be living and working in Australia”.