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Workshop Dates

If you are a graduate, once you have enrolled you will be allocated your workshops. If you are a mentor, once your graduate has enrolled and they have entered you as their mentor, you will be sent an email with your workshop details.

Please note: You will be allocated workshops and you cannot change or attend another date unless you contact the administrator. We remind you that these workshops are compulsory to attend as part of the MFYP programme.

If you cannot attend the one that has been allocated to you, you must contact the administrator on mfyp@nzcom.org.nz or 03 3729737 to discuss.

The Midwifery First Year of Practice Programme

The MFYP Programme (the Programme) is a compulsary national programme for all New Zealand registered midwifery graduates, irrespective of work setting.

The New Zealand College of Midwives (the NZCOM) is contracted by the funder, Health Workforce New Zealand (HWNZ), to provide the programme nationally in accordance with the Programme Specification.

The Programme vision is:

‘New Zealand Midwifery graduates enthusiastically commence their careers in New Zealand:  well-supported, safe, skilled and confident in their practice; meeting the needs of maternity service consumers, providers and communities; and building a sustainable base for the New Zealand registered midwives workforce into the future’.

Programme Eligibility - Graduates

The funded programme is available for graduate midwives who have completed their midwifery education programme in New Zealand and who are New Zealand citizens or permanent residents. Participants can be asked to provide evidence of residency.

International students click here for further information.

Other eligibility criteria all graduate midwives must meet are:

• holds a New Zealand midwifery degree awarded within 2 years of her programme commencement and on application of her APC must join the next available cohort

• holds a current New Zealand Annual Practicing Certificate throughout her programme duration

• working as a self-employed caseload midwife (Lead Maternity Carer, LMC) or as an employed core or caseload midwife. An LMC graduate midwife must be building a caseload on programme commencement and is expected to have a caseload of approximately 20 or more clients by programme completion. If a graduate midwife’s geographical location and/or the number of midwives in that region/area make it difficult for her to achieve this number, then additional midwifery practice could include acting as a second midwife, providing locum or backup for other LMC’s, and/or undertaking casual shifts at a maternity facility. The graduate midwife needs to keep accurate records of this work as it will be included in the practice requirement


• working as an employed graduate midwife is expected to be employed for 32 hours per week (0.8 FTE). Participation for a graduate midwife who is employed for less than 32 hours/week e.g. 0.6–0.8 FTE will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Any graduate midwife who does not meet all of the above eligibility criteria will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Programme Eligibility - Mentors

Mentors are asked to confirm (and provide evidence if requested), that they:

• have successfully completed the NZCOM workshop The Practicalities of Being a Mentor Midwife within the last three years if you have not mentored in that time

• are registered with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand (Midwifery Council) ‘in good standing’ and with no restrictions on registration that would negatively impact on her abilities to be a mentor

• to be a current member of The New Zealand College of Midwives

• have an Annual Practising Certificate with the Midwifery Council of New Zealand throughout the graduate midwife’s programme duration

• have significant midwifery experience across the Midwifery Scope of Practice i.e. have practised as a midwife for at least five years, and if an employed midwife preferably at the level (or equivalent) of Leadership Domain within the Quality and Leadership Programme (as outlined in the Multi-Employer Collective Agreement, MECA)

• have met all the requirements of the Midwifery Council Recertification Programme over the previous three years and have completed at least one Midwifery Standards Review. If mentors have not been practising as a midwife in New Zealand over the three years prior to joining the (MFYP) programme (e.g. if previously working overseas or returning to practice from parental leave) you must confirm you are working towards Recertification Programme requirements

• have well established and collegial working relationships with midwifery and other health professional colleagues within the region in which you are both practicing

• are able to promote equity of outcomes for Maori and practice in a culturally safe manner with all consumer groups

• are willing and committed to supporting and encouraging a graduate midwife through your role as a mentor and to receiving feedback on your performance as a mentor

• are in a position to make the required time commitment e.g. reduction in caseload or employment FTE as necessary.

Click here for more information about responsibilities and time commitments for mentors.

Midwifery Practice Support:

Midwifery Practice support (MPS) was introduced in 2015. This is a fund that new graduates can access to get support in a clinical situation.

The eligibility criteria to be a MPS support midwife is the same if you were to be an MFYP mentor (see above).

Click here for more information on Midwifery Practice Support

Mentor Midwife Pre-requisite Workshop 'The Practicalities of Being a Mentor'

One of the MFYP mentor eligibility criteria required by Health Workforce New Zealand (previously the Clinical Training Agency, the business unit within the Ministry of Health funding the Programme), is that mentor midwives must have completed the New Zealand College of Midwives preliminary mentoring workshop called 'The Practicalities of Being a Mentor'

This one day workshop has been designed to provide midwives with the opportunity to share and discuss their own experiences of being mentored or mentoring, and to explore the principles and practicalities of being a mentor.  It also helps clarify the differences between mentoring, preceptoring and clinical supervision.  This workshop is not funded by the MFYP Programme.

Contact Us:

To email the MFYP National Coordinator click here or call 03 372 9737 or 027 612 0699.