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Midwifery Futures: The Australian Midwifery Workforce Project

Burnet Institute with colleagues from UTS, Curtin University and the WA Child and Adolescent Health Service is partnering with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia to conduct a comprehensive review of the Australian midwifery workforce.

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National Midwifery Futures Symposium

On 14 March, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and the Burnet Institute hosted the National Midwifery Futures Symposium. This event brought together leaders, policy makers, regulators, clinicians and consumers from across Australia as part of the Australian Midwifery Workforce Project.

Attendees were provided with a snapshot of the project’s preliminary findings and participated in a series of workshops focused on educational pathways, workforce solutions and recruitment, retention and attrition of midwives. The insights gained from over 100 passionate attendees will help inform recommendations for a sustainable future of midwifery in Australia.


What’s next?

A final report outlining the current state of Australia’s midwifery workforce and identifying opportunities to strengthen and grow the profession will be published later this year.

The final report will deliver a projection of workforce supply and demand in Australia, a synthesis of the information gained throughout the analysis, literature review and consultation, and recommendations for the sustainability of the profession.


Professor Homer and colleagues Dr Kirsten Small (Burnet), Professors Joanne Gray, Kathleen Baird and Jennifer Fenwick (UTS), Dr Zoe Bradfield (Curtin University) and Melanie Robinson (WA Child and Adolescent Health Service) will conduct a detailed analysis of Australia's midwifery workforce including stakeholder engagement and consultation with support from Andrea Nove and Martin Boyce (Novametrics UK).

The analysis will inform the future development of midwifery in Australia. 

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Professor Caroline Homer

Contact Professor Caroline Homer for more information about this project. 



  • Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)

Partners +

  • University of Technology Sydney (Professor Joanne Gray, Professor Kathleen Baird, Professor Jennifer Fenwick)
  • Curtin University (Dr Zoe Bradfield)
  • Government of Western Australia Child and Adolescent Health Service (Melanie Robinson)