Project RESET-M

YNA is pleased to announce our partnership with Flinders University in support of re-engaging midwives into the healthcare workforce of South Australia.

YNA is thrilled to announce our collaboration with Flinders University (FUSA) in delivering an innovative and supportive education and training program for midwives the: RE-engaging through Supportive Education and Training for Midwives (RESET M). This exciting research project will be jointly conducted by a team of renowned midwifery professionals from Flinders University, including Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, Megan Cooper, Associate Lecturer in Midwifery, Fiona Dillon, and Professor of Women’s Health and Midwifery Research, Annette Briley, in partnership with YNA’s Director of Clinical Services, Kate Hepburn-Brown.

This unique program has been designed to provide midwives with an exceptional opportunity to enhance their skills and rebuild their confidence in re-entering the clinical workplace through a customized training program. Our team of experienced professionals will offer comprehensive support, ensuring that participants are fully equipped and confident to deliver high-quality midwifery care.

At YNA, we are committed to delivering excellence in midwifery staffing services. Our partnership with Flinders University underscores this commitment, and we are excited about the positive impact this will have on the midwifery workforce and clinical placement choices.


The nursing and midwifery industry in Australia is experiencing a significant shortage, which has been exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. Recent research indicates that more than 50% of midwives are experiencing work-related burnout, with 68% experiencing personal burnout and 10% reporting client-related burnout. 
1. Matthews RP, Hyde RL, Llewelyn F, Shafiei T, Newton MS, Forster DA. Who is at risk of burnout? A cross-sectional survey of midwives in a tertiary maternity hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Women and Birth 2022; 35: e615-e623.For a time, new graduates were finding it challenging to secure transition-to-practice programs, limiting opportunities to consolidate their learning and confidence once they were registered as midwives and in the clinical practice settings.The team at FUSA have developed a comprehensive two-week short course for midwives who want to rebuild their confidence and currency in the field. Through this partnership, the program will include a mix of presentations and simulation sessions held at Flinders University, followed by two supported shifts and eight additional shifts coordinated by YNA. FUSA and YNA are conducting research to evaluate the effectiveness of this program, and the feedback received will determine whether it is scalable and transferable to other areas of nursing and allied healthcare. Our aim is to provide a supportive environment for midwives who want to return to the profession, and to equip them with the skills and confidence they need to deliver exceptional patient care. At Flinders University and YNA, we are committed to addressing the nursing and midwifery shortage in Australia, one step at a time.

About the Project

The program will be supported by a Midwifery Educator/Facilitator and will include:

  • Five full days of lectures and lab sessions in the simulation suite at Flinders University or on-site at a nominated hospital at no cost to you
  • Two paid supernumerary shifts
  • Eight paid midwifery shifts

Interested in participating?

If you would like to submit an Expression of Interest for any future RESET-M  programs scheduled, please email Sarah using