Nurses and midwives

Nurses and midwives make up the largest clinical workforce in Australia. Find out about nursing and midwifery, how these professions are regulated in Australia, and how we support this important sector of our health workforce.

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How to become a nurse, find available scholarships, and access support services.


Hello I’m Alison McMillan, the Australian Government’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer.

I’m speaking to you today to highlight an important piece of work I’m leading in the Department of Health and Aged Care, the development of Australia’s first ever National Nursing Workforce Strategy.

There are 420,000 registered nurses in Australia, which is more than 40 percent of the total health workforce. However, there’s never been a national-level strategic approach to nursing policy and investment.

We need to ensure that this highly qualified and skilled workforce is supported to address the current and future health and aged care needs of the Australian community. Development of the strategy will be underpinned by extensive stakeholder engagement and collaboration. It’s expected to look at issues such as workforce sustainability, the diversity of the profession, the challenges of regional, rural and remote nursing, the pathways from novice to expert, workforce planning and data sharing.

As opportunities for consultation arise during the development of the essential strategy, I encourage you to get involved and have your say so that together we can build a stronger nursing workforce for the future. For more information visit

Alison McMillan – National Nursing Workforce Strategy

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan discusses Australia’s first ever National Nursing Workforce Strategy – a national-level strategic approach to nursing policy and investment.

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Nurse & Midwife Support

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Nurse & Midwife Support is a 24/7 national support hotline for nurses and midwives, nursing and midwifery students, employers, educators and concerned family and friends. It provides access to confidential advice and referral.

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Update from the Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer – September 2023

A newsletter from Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alison McMillan with updates from the nursing and midwifery sector, some personal priorities and highlights, and an insight on what's happening across the Department of Health and Aged Care.

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