NSW Government Hunter New England Local Health District

It’s a great time to join Hunter New England Local Health District. Apply now for one of our eligible regional and rural positions. You could benefit under the NSW Health Rural Workforce Incentive Scheme!

Employment Type: Permanent Full Time
Position Classification: Registered Midwife
Remuneration: $70,049.73 – $98,351.39 per annum + super + salary packaging + rural incentives
Location: Gunnedah District Hospital
Hours Per Week: 38
Requisition ID: REQ466050
Applications Close: Tuesday, 12 March 2024

About our location:
  • Gunnedah, a vital agricultural hub in Australia, is perched on a ridge above the Namoi and Mooki Rivers. Boasting a rich cultural scene, it features pubs, the bustling Conadilly Street retail hub, street art, silo murals, sculptures, and galleries. Less than a 4-hour drive from Newcastle and just over an hour from Tamworth, Gunnedah is easily accessible. Daily flights between Sydney and Tamworth further enhance connectivity. Explore Conadilly Street, admire street art, and discover unique silo murals and sculptures. The town’s proximity to major cities makes it an ideal weekend getaway. Embrace the welcoming community spirit, and don’t miss local events and festivals.
  • We are a small rural unit, with a friendly and welcoming team.

About the role:

  • Hunter New England Local Health District provides public health services to the Hunter, New England and Lower Mid North Coast regions of New South Wales. You will work across the maternity and gynaecology service to ensure safe care is delivered in partnership to women and their families, under a GP led Model of Care. You will also take a leadership role in coordinating midwifery care, working in partnership with Registered Nurses, Student Midwives, Assistants in Midwifery and the multidisciplinary team in a collaborative model which places the woman at the centre of her maternity care. You will need to be comfortable being the sole practitioner within the maternity unit, however educational opportunities may be available to further develop your skills.
  • This exciting opportunity allows you to deliver high-quality midwifery care as a member of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. You’ll be providing individualised women-centred care to maximise health outcomes and become a crucial part of bringing new life into the world, offering support to women and their families throughout the pregnancy journey.


  • Current registration as a Registered Midwife with AHPRA.
  • You are an all rounder with exceptional assessment skills, as at times you will need to transfer women to the referral hospital.

What’s in it for you?

  • On top of the National Employment Standards for all employees, you can enjoy:
    • NSW Health Rural Health Incentive package of up to $10,000 per year* (paid pro-rata for part-time employees)
    • Salary packaging of up to $9k for living expenses + $2.6k meal & entertainment + Novated leasing.
    • Fitness Passport
    • Employment Assistance Program (EAP) for staff and family.
    • Full-time employees are eligible for an extra 13 paid allocated days off each year
    • Four to six weeks of annual leave per year
    • Flexible, family-friendly rostering
    • Opportunities for ongoing study and career development. We are passionate about career development so you will be supported to undertake additional training with the opportunity for scholarships (pending eligibility). Find out more information regarding our scholarships here.
    • Senior Clinician’s support will be available on all shifts.

Rural Health Incentives:
This vacancy is eligible for an Attraction and Relocation package that includes the following*:

  • Attraction incentive paid as a Rural and Regional fortnightly allowance of up to $10,000 for the first 12-months
  • Retention incentive of up to $10,000 thereafter annually
  • PLUS 3 months accommodation assistance (e.g. rent payments, mortgage re-payments, payments for commercial accommodation)

  • All payments and reimbursements made to part time employees will be on a pro-rata basis.

Attraction incentives will be paid as a Rural and Regional fortnightly allowance on top of your base salary.

Other forms of payment/package options (where you are eligible) need to be negotiated with the Convenor and may include**: ??

  • Additional annual professional development days (up to 5 more per year)
  • Additional personal leave (up to 5 more per year)
  • Computer/internet reimbursement (e.g. laptop, wi-fi costs)
  • Return airfare to and from your work base (or equivalent motor vehicle allowance) so you can still visit family and friends

**The total value of your incentive package would remain the same. Employees are responsible for seeking independent financial advice before accepting an Attraction and Retention Incentive package as part of their offer. ?

Transferring of incentive packages will depend on the location, position, and time served by the health worker in their current position. Eligibility to transfer existing incentive packages will be determined and approved by the health organisation. Health workers who are receiving incentive packages and are changing or moving positions should discuss the impacts with their manager or local Workforce Rural Health Incentive Team via HNELHD-RuralIncentives@health.nsw.gov.au to discuss your eligibility prior to applying if you are already receiving an incentive package.

Need more information?
2) Find out more about applying for this position
For role related queries or questions contact Therese Mills on Therese.Mills@health.nsw.gov.au

Information for Applicants:
Applicants will be assessed against the essential requirements and selection criteria contained within the position description (link below). For assistance addressing selection criteria visit: https://bit.ly/3vL5fq2

Stepping Up Website is a resource designed to help indigenous job applicants apply for positions in NSW Health. For more information, please visit: http://bit.ly/HNEHealthSteppingUp.

This is a Category A position. Recommended applicants will be reviewed for compliance with NSW Health policy directive PD2023_022: Occupational Assessment, Screening and Vaccination against Specific Diseases for Category A positions prior to offer. All new employees must agree to comply with the requirements outlined in the policy.

All NSW Health workers are required to have completed a primary course of a COVID-19 vaccine which has been approved or recognised by the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA). New applicants must have completed the vaccination course prior to commencement with NSW Health or provide an approved medical contraindication certificate (AIR Immunisation History Statement) certifying the worker cannot have any approved COVID-19 vaccines available in NSW.

Acceptable proof of COVID-19 vaccination is the Australian Immunisation Register (AIR) Immunisation History Statement (IHS), or AIR COVID-19 Digital Certificate, or AIR COVID-19 and Influenza IHS. Booster doses are highly recommended for all health care workers who have completed the primary course of COVID-19 vaccinations.

Salary Packaging: is beneficial to most HNELHD employees and may increase your take-home pay! Salary package a range of personal expenses including novated motor vehicle leases, relocation expenses, and HECS/HELP debt. Find out more by contacting SalaryPackagingPLUS! via nswhealth@salarypackagingplus.com.au or 1300 40 25 23.

HNE Health employees may be eligible for a range of benefits such as allocated days off (ADO) for full time employees, long service leave, paid maternity leave, and salary packaging options including meal expenses.


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