National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Network

The National Nursing and Midwifery Education Advisory Network (NNMEAN) was established following agreement by Health Ministers in 2015.

Page last updated: 26 March 2019

The role of the NNMEAN is to provide high level strategic advice to Health Ministers utilising an evidence based approach to the planning and coordination of education, employment and immigration for nurses and midwives in Australia. This includes Nurse Practitioners (NPs), Registered Nurses (RNs), Enrolled Nurses (ENs) and Midwives.


Membership is based on a cross section of professionals with knowledge, experience and influence in the areas of workforce, education, policy and employment. Membership consists of the following:

Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer (CNMO), Department of Health (Chair)
Two (2) jurisdictional CNMOs
Two (2) University sector representatives
One (1) Vocational Education and Training sector representative
One (1) private hospital employer group representative

The NNMEAN can co-opt members as required to provide expert advice. This includes establishing time based working groups which will be chaired by a member of the NNMEAN


The NNMEAN works with the Commonwealth Department of Health and the Nursing and Midwifery Strategic Reference Group to:

  • consider, prepare and provide advice as required on the following:
    • the contemporary education of nurses and midwives to meet the health needs of the Australian community
    • factors that affect nurses and midwives entering the workforce and how entry and development pathways can shape future careers
    • the development of national supply and demand workforce reports
    • analysis of health workforce reports to inform policy advice and strategy
  • Undertake specific pieces of work requested by Australian Health Ministers Advisory Committee or Health Services Principal Committee


Australian Future Health Workforce - Reports

Related Links

Please refer to the list below for related links on the Department of Health website.

Health Workforce: Links
Health Workforce: Nurses
Health Workforce: Midwives
Health Workforce: Programmes