Despite rising to the rank of Major in the Indian Army, a career change was inevitable for Westmead Hospital registered nurse Kavya Balu.
Sparked by her passion for midwifery, Kavya packed her bags and relocated in 2015 to join her husband in Australia.
“I completed nursing studies while I was in the army and completed more studies once I arrived in Australia,” Kavya said.
“After finishing my Bachelor of Nursing degree at the University of Western Sydney, I was accepted for a GradStart position at Westmead Hospital in 2019.”
The Baulkham Hills mother of one is going to the next level, and is undertaking a MidStart rotation throughout Women’s Health at Westmead Hospital.
The program is a 12-month post-graduate program, which provides the opportunity for eligible registered nurses to qualify as registered midwives.
Applications are now open for the next intake of registered nurses in the Western Sydney Local Health District (WSLHD) Graduate Diploma of Midwifery (MidStart) 2021.
“I’m gaining new skills and experience by working all facets of midwifery including the birthing unit, postnatal, antenatal ward and the clinic, as well as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU),” Kavya said.
“My first rotational was working in the birthing unit and now I’m working in the NICU.
“I really enjoy working at Westmead Hospital. I’m meeting many patients with complex issues and I’m more exposed to textbook scenarios.
“I’m content in my profession now. I go home each day knowing I’ve helped people throughout their midwifery journey and that’s a good feeling.”
Applications for the 2021 WSLHD MidStart program will close on 10 June.
For more information, copies of the NSW Health MidStart handbook and access to the centralised application portal, click here.
For information about the WSLHD maternity facilities, our clinical program and University partnerships, click here.