Midwives and nurses descend on Macarthur

Hannah Murray work at the midwifery group practice at Campbelltown Hospital. Picture: South Western Sydney Local Health District.
Hannah Murray work at the midwifery group practice at Campbelltown Hospital. Picture: South Western Sydney Local Health District.

They are the ones on the front line helping to nurse people through testing times like labour.

And recently a large influx of new midwives and nurses decided to take up careers at Campbelltown and Camden hospitals.

More than 270 graduate nurses and midwives recently accepted positions at South Western Sydney Local Health District hospitals.

The district’s director of nursing, Sonia Marshall, said the newbies would be thrown straight into the deep end.

But she was confident they would rise to the occasion.

“Our hospitals are busy and are focused on finding the best, most efficient way to deliver safe, quality healthcare,” she said.

“Our new nurses and midwives have so much potential and we look forward to seeing how they are able to make a positive contribution to the lives of their patients.

““Not only will they be exposed to a wide variety of services and experiences, they will also have the opportunity to get involved in some of the District’s cutting-edge treatments and research as they continue their careers.”

Hannah Murray, a second year graduate midwife, came to Campbelltown to train with the aim of forging a career at another hospital.

However, Ms Murray, who now works in midwifery group practice at Campbelltown Hospital, said once she arrived she decided she had to stay.

“I came to Campbelltown as a student midwife with the intention of doing my training and then moving on to work in a tertiary hospital,” she said.

“But I found the support and mentorship from the staff to be outstanding, especially as a junior midwife.

“I was keen to stay and give back to Campbelltown a bit because they had supported me so much.”

In total 256 new nurses and 18 new midwives started careers at the local health district as part of the recent intake.