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Affiliations & Links

Sydney Local Health District is a leader in health care delivery, innovation, research and education. To achieve this we have a strong tradition of collaboration with nursing and midwifery peak bodies and affiliated health organisations. Our staff are encouraged to seek membership in professional bodies that represent their classification or clinical interest. Where appropriate we work in partnership with these bodies in developing the nursing and midwifery workforce through education programs and research to ensure we have a workforce that is relevant to the needs of today's patients as well as prepared for future developments in healthcare. Sydney Local Health District nurses and midwives strive to achieve the best possible health outcomes for our patients and our community by integrating clinical practice with research and education.

Sydney Local Health District has Student Placement Agreements with universities and other education providers that offer nursing, midwifery and health related study programs. Each year Sydney Local Health District provides over 5000 clinical placements to undergraduate and postgraduate nurses and midwives as well as opportunities for overseas visiting nurses and those seeking entry into nursing through vocational education training programs. From January 2013 Clinical Placements within Sydney Local Health District will be managed via the NSW Health Clinconnect system. For information regarding the universities and the range of nursing and midwifery courses they offer please visit the list below. For information on how to become a nurse or midwife please see the education section of this website.

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
The National regulation and registration body for health practitioners in Australia which supports the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

NSW Health Nursing & Midwifery office (NaMO)
The Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO)is the professional link between the NSW Minister for Health, the Director-General of the Ministry of Health and the public, private and education sectors of the nursing and midwifery professions in NSW. The CNMO is supported by staff in the Nursing and Midwifery Office (NaMO), which includes nurses and midwives seconded from the health system. Together they provide advice on professional nursing and midwifery issues and on policy issues, monitor policy implementation, manage State-wide nursing and midwifery initiatives, represent the NSW Ministry of Health on various committees and allocate funding for nursing and midwifery initiatives, including scholarships.

Royal College of Nursing Australia (RCNA)
The Royal College of Nursing Australia is the country's peak professional nursing organization and is the Australian member of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) The RCNA is a national membership organization open to all nurses and nursing students in all areas of the profession. They are a consultative body nationally on nursing issues and provide educational opportunities and federally funded scholarships.

The College of Nursing
The College of Nursing is a peak professional body representing nurses across Australia. It is the largest, longest established and most innovative provider of quality clinical specialty development and postgraduate nursing education in Australia.

Australian College of Midwives
The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is a national organisation that serves as the peak professional body for midwives in Australia. The College was founded nationally in 1984, when midwifery associations in a number of states and territories came together to create a national peak body for Australian midwives. The College provides a unified voice for the midwifery profession, supports midwives to reach their full potential, and sets professional practice and education standards. The ACM is committed to being the leading organisation shaping Australian maternity care, to ensure the best possible maternity outcomes for all Australian women. It is guided by research evidence that pregnant women and mothers benefit from having access to midwifery care throughout their childbearing experience.

Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN)
The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses (ACMHN) is the peak professional mental health nursing organization and the recognized credentialing body for mental health nurses in Australia. The Australian College of Mental Health Nurses believes that mental health nursing is a unique interpersonal process, which promotes and maintains behaviours that contribute to integrated functioning for individuals and communities.

Australian College of Nurse Practitioners (ACNP)
ACNP is the national peak organisation for nurse practitioners advancing nursing practice and access to health care. Its aims are: To provide leadership, representation and support to improve the provision of health care to the general community; To monitor and make recommendations regarding the ongoing developments of the role of Nurse Practitioner policy and positions; To increase the level of awareness in the health care arena and to the general public of the Nurse Practitioner role; To provide forums for discussion and dissemination of information; To provide consultancy to improve the provision of health care to the general community and to support relevant nursing research.

EN Professional Association NSW (ENPA)
The Enrolled Nurse Professional Association (ENPA NSW) are the peak consultative body for enrolled nursing in NSW. The Enrolled Nurse Professional Association of New South Wales was formed in 1994 by enrolled nurses who believe a higher standard of their career status is achievable in this current climate by joining together within ENPA NSW as an association to pursue their own professional standing.

Australian College of Operating Room Nurses (ACORN)
The Australian College of Operating Room Nurses vision is to develop the SPIRIT of perioperative nursing in Australia to achieve best patient care outcomes. It works to develop standards utilising evidence based practice. It seeks to be influential in health policy. It encourages professional growth and development through Teamwork at local, national and international levels as well as through innovation.

NSW Nurses Association (NSWNA)
The New South Wales Nurses' Association (NSWNA) is the registered union for all nurses and midwives in New South Wales. The Association represents the industrial interests of nurses and midwives employed under all awards and agreements registered in this State in both the public and private sectors. Its role is to protect the interests of nurses, midwives and the nursing and midwifery profession.

The Nursing & Midwifery Unit Managers Society of NSW
The NSW NUMs Society's vision and purpose is to provide support, advice and education to front line nursing and midwifery managers. This it achieves through the establishment of networks that advocate for the professional interests of its members.

Australian Catholic University
The Australian Catholic University is the largest provider of graduate nurses in Australia. Undergraduates on the Bachelor of Nursing and associated courses undertake clinical practice placements throughout the facilities and services of Sydney Local Health District.

Notre Dame University
Based in Darlinghurst - Sydney, Notre Dame University provides undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing courses as well as a variety of Graduate Certificate nursing courses with Clinical placements taken up across the District.

University of Sydney
Providing and range of undergraduate Bachelor and Masters courses in nursing the University of Sydney has an extensive range of postgraduate study opportunities.

University of Tasmania
Located in Rozelle - Sydney, the University of Tasmania provides 2 year accelerated learning opportunities for those seeking an undergraduate Bachelor of Nursing.

University of Technology Sydney
The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) provides both undergraduate and postgraduate courses for nursing and health management UTS also provides direct entry Bachelor of Midwifery courses. UTS is also home to the WHO Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development.

University of Western Sydney
Students undertaking nursing and midwifery courses at the University of Western Sydney undertake clinical placements throughout the services of Sydney Local Health District

University of Wollongong
The University provides several nursing and midwifery study options. Sydney Local Health District provides clinical placement options for both undergraduate nursing placements and postgraduate Midwifery studies.