Key messages

  • A registration in nursing and/or midwifery is a valuable resource that is worth keeping.
  • Getting back on the nursing and midwifery register is not an automatic entitlement.
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) can advise you about how to regain your nursing and/or midwifery registration.
  • The NMBA has a list of approved programs of study and course providers which you may use to assist you to regain your nursing or midwifery registration.
  • If you still have your registration but have had a break from nursing or midwifery, consider enrolling in a refresher program.

Returning to practice

Clinical care, knowledge and skills are changing rapidly along with nursing and midwifery standards of practice and you need much more than the ‘basics of care’ to be able to work safely and effectively. So when you’re exploring a return to nursing or midwifery practice, remember that getting back on the register is not an automatic entitlement.

To find out more about returning to nursing or midwifery practice (or if you are thinking of having a break from nursing or midwifery), please read our Getting back into nursing or midwifery factsheet first.

Nurses and midwives with current registration

You can check the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website to see if you are still registered as a nurse and/or midwife – search the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency – Registers of Practitioners.

If you are currently a registered nurse or midwife but have had a break from nursing practice, consider a refresher program to update your knowledge and clinical skills. Some Victorian public health services offer nursing or midwifery refresher programs, allowing you to build your confidence and skills within a short period of time.

To find out about nursing or midwifery refresher programs, speak with your prospective employer and read our factsheet.

Where can I find a refresher program in Victoria?

To increase opportunities for RNs, RMs and ENs to re-enter the workforce or re-skill in a particular clinical specialty, funding has been made available for certain Victorian public health services through the Governments $50 million Nursing and Midwifery Workforce Development Fund to design, implement and evaluate nursing and midwifery refresher programs that build their local workforce. 

Services who will be providing refresher programs in 2019-20

Health Service Name Phone
Austin Health 03 9496 5000
Ballarat Health Services 03 5320 4000
Barwon Health 03 4215 0000
Benalla Health 03 5761 4222
Castlemaine Health 03 5471 3555
Central Gippsland Health 03 5143 8600
Eastern Health  1300 342 255 
Echuca Regional Health 03 5485 5000
Kilmore and District Hospital 03 5734 2000
Mansfield District Hospital 03 5775 8800
Mercy Hospitals 03 8416 7777
Monash Health 03 9594 6666
Nathalia Cobram Numurkah Health (NCN Health) 03 5866 9444
Northeast Health Wangaratta 03 5722 5111
Northern Health 03 8405 8000
Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital 03 9929 8666
Royal Women's Hospital 03 8345 2000
Rural Northwest Health 03 5083 2000
St Vincent's Hospital 03 9231 2211
Swan Hill District Health 03 5033 9300 
Western District Health Service 03 5551 8222
Western Health 03 8345 1333

Nurses and midwives with lapsed registration

If you are a former registered nurse, enrolled nurse or midwife, contact the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) to find out how to regain your registration or endorsement.

The NMBA may advise you to complete a re-entry course. The NMBA's website has a list of approved programs of study which can assist in gaining registration, endorsement and notation of applicants for registration as an enrolled nurse (EN), registered nurse (RN) and registered midwife (RM). 

Contact course providers directly to find out if and when places are available.

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