WA Health understands and encourages the need for nurses and midwives to maintain their skills, knowledge and competencies. We encourage and support professional development among all of our nurses and midwives.
Through our network of health professionals and expert services, we are able to provide a variety of opportunities for staff and we encourage our nurses and midwives to meet with their managers to discuss opportunities for further skills development.
Continuing professional development is critical to maintaining the high standards expected from the nursing and midwifery professions. It is also essential that clinical skills are maintained through participation in ongoing nursing and/or midwifery education and professional development activities.
Professional development programs are continually run in the public health system and all nurses and midwives are provided clinical support throughout their career.
Paid study days and professional development days are available to help facilitate continued learning.
In addition, postgraduate opportunities exist at each university for registered nurses and midwives and through the state training providers for enrolled nurses.
Scholarships and fellowships
The Nursing and Midwifery Office provides postgraduate and research scholarships and fellowships to nurses and midwives working in WA. These scholarships recognise the importance of professional development in maintaining high standards in our nursing and midwifery workforce.
Registered nurses and midwives who have completed a postgraduate qualification may be eligible to receive a qualification allowance (external site) as outlined in the industrial agreement.
Enrolled Nurse Medication Administration Competency
Enrolled nurses who wish to complete a medication administration competency can visit the scholarships section for more information.
Advanced Diploma of Nursing courses
State training providers offer Advanced Diploma of Nursing courses for enrolled nurses wanting to work in specialised areas such as mental health, aged care and renal.
For up-to-date information about postgraduate courses on offer for enrolled nurses, contact the education providers.
Nursing and Midwifery Office