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Graduate Diploma


Graduate Diploma in Midwifery
1 year, 6 months full-time
Curtin Perth


Designed for registered nurses and leads to initial registration as a midwife.

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Gain initial registration as a midwife.

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In this course you'll be encouraged to engage in critical thinking, self-discovery, self direction and life long learning. Through a combination of theoretical and practical learning, you'll learn to apply evidence based knowledge and skills in midwifery to provide safe care to both the mother and her baby. You will study legislation and common law affecting midwifery practice and be prepared to demonstrate the National Competency Standards for the Midwife.

To complement theoretical learning, you’ll complete clinical practice in a maternity setting under the supervision of an experienced midwife. This clinical practice will be completed in an approved maternity setting.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.


Why study

  • The first established school of nursing in a Western Australian university, our School of Nursing and Midwifery has continued to set the pace for nursing education in our region.
  • Our teaching staff are highly qualified, both academically and professionally.
  • The School ensures its leading position in nursing education through industry partnerships integrated with its teaching and research programs.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Graduates may be eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Career information

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The application of evidence-based theory and practice enables graduates to practise midwifery in a variety of settings and in ways which meet contemporary society’s demands for family-centred maternity care.

What you'll learn

  • demonstrate thorough conceptual and procedural knowledge for midwifery practice in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia Midwife standards for practice (2018) and principles of woman-centred midwifery
  • engage reflectively, critically and with initiative to apply midwifery knowledge and skills within dynamic and complex midwifery contexts
  • engage ethically and professionally with health and scientific information when seeking, recording, evaluating and using data related to midwifery care and clinical decision-making
  • communicate effectively, in a way the woman, her family and professional colleagues can understand, to meet the woman’s needs and promote midwifery within the community in the broader contexts of primary healthcare and public health policy
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of technologies for midwifery practice for the delivery of safe and effective care
  • identify and access opportunities for learning that support the ongoing development of self as a midwife and recognise personal knowledge and skills to further contribute to the midwifery profession
  • recognise the importance of skilled professional care (midwifery) for women and babies in an international context; with critical reference to relevant international evidence/recommendations into midwifery practice
  • support culturally safe, non-discriminatory, values-led care for all women and their babies through the development of personal and professional skills for cultural competence
  • work with appropriate autonomy and accountability within the scope of ethical and legal midwifery practice, to lead and collaborate with interprofessional teams

Entry requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 7.0
Speaking 7.0
Reading 7.0
Listening 7.0
Overall band score 7.0

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Essential requirements for admission (including fieldwork requirements)

Many of our courses require students to comply with additional essential requirements. Failure to comply with any of the essential requirements may potentially prevent the successful completion of the course and/or achieving professional registration.

Fieldwork requirements during the course

Please refer to the following statements on the fieldwork component of this course:

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:

Tel: 1300 222 888

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  • Curtin course code: GD-MIDW
  • Last updated on: February 16, 2020