Professional Development

National registration scheme

For the purposes of continuing competence and professional development, Neonatal Nursing does not have it's own specific requirements. Requirements to be fulfilled are those of a registered nurse and or midwife.

Nurses and midwives will participate in at least 20 hours (points) of CPD per year, with a minimum of 60 hours (points) every three years. Documentation of participation in CPD must be completed at least once each year.
Keep up to date with requirements and developments on the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council website.

Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia(NMBA) approves codes and guidelines to provide guidance to the professions. These also help to clarify our views and expectations on a range of issues.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has established State and Territory Boards to support the work of the National Board in the national scheme. The National Board will set policy and professional standards, and the State and Territory Boards will continue to make individual notification and registration decisions affecting individual nurses and midwives.

The functions of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia include:

  • registering nursing and midwifery practitioners and students

  • developing standards, codes and guidelines for the nursing and midwifery profession

  • handling notifications, complaints, investigations and disciplinary hearings

  • assessing overseas trained practitioners who wish to practise in Australia

  • approving accreditation standards and accredited courses of study.

Writing Cochrane Reviews

You don’t have to be from a research background or medical practitioner to be involved in the writing of Cochrane reviews.
Cochrane reviews are written by teams of clinicians from all disciplines: medical, nursing, physiotherapy, dietetics, speech therapy. If you are interested in getting involved in Cochrane reviews for your nursing research project or just want to get up to speed with how to search for the latest evidence from Cochrane reviews, the Australasian Satellite of the Cochrane Neonatal Review Group is here to support you.

Visit our  website or contact the project officer Lisa Jones at

Updated 20 January 2017