Request a Locum

Prior to establishing the service in 2009, many rural midwives had limited access to regular time off-call due to geographic isolation. Some communities simply have a limited number of midwives to provide back up for each other. Hence the locum service was born - designed to support time off for education and annual leave for rural midwives, the RMRRS has over 300 experienced locum midwives nationwide.

All eligible midwives are entitled to 9 days locum cover for their own personal caseload per year. In addition to the 9 days annual leave, the RMRRS provides an emergency service allowing up to 5 days emergency locum cover for midwives.

You may qualify for access to rural locum cover

If  you are a self-employed LMC midwife with a minimum of 50% of your caseload for the last 12 months being rural/remote rural, PLUS, you have a minimum of 20 women who fit into the rural/remote rural criteria,  you are likely to meet the eligibility criteria for nine days paid locum relief.  Semi-Rural women do not qualify.

Each application is considered on its own merit and we urge you to apply if you are unsure.

The RMRRS has a process for managing applications, assessing eligibility, booking and payment for the service.  We will check your caseload numbers with the MOH and or MMPO.

Emergency Locum Cover

If you meet the above criteria, we may be able to provide emergency locum cover to enable you to make arrangements to have your women transfer to another midwife, or for you to return to work.

We make every effort to meet your needs within 24 to 48 hours of your initial request. The main reasons for emergency cover include: bereavement, sudden illness, family emergency, accidents and the need for emergency health care.

To be provided with emergency cover you must already be approved by the RMRRS.

Please see the step by step instructions on how to Register.



"I just got back from holiday and just want to thank you so so much for getting me a locum. Thanks so much. The woman were very impressed with my replacement…




All services are subject to eligibility criteria and/or availability. Register your interest to recieve or provide services through the Rural Midwifery Recruitment and Retention Service.




Phone. 0800 MIDWIFE/0800 643 9433
Fax. +64 3 353 1167