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COURSE

Graduate Diploma in Midwifery

GD-MIDW

TAUGHT BY: School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

DURATION

Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.

If duration is not available (N/A) the offering may be part of a larger course.

1year, 6months

CREDIT

A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.

200

About offering

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.

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

Why study Graduate Diploma in Midwifery

  • 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.

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

A bachelor degree in nursing or equivalent and eligibility for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

You are required to have recent clinical work experience and to provide proof of a secured employment position as a student midwife at a maternity hospital before course commencement. The clinical component of the course involves a minimum of 1,300 hours of practice.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are as outlined in the IELTS table below. Additional information on how you can meet the English requirement can be found on the English proficiency page.

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

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 / credit transfer / recognition of prior learning

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please visit our credit for recognised learning webpage or contact our CRL Office on crl@curtin.edu.au or 1300 222 888.

Credit for recognised learning (CRL) is the term Curtin uses to describe advanced standing, academic credit or recognition of prior learning.

You may be entitled to credit for recognised learning for formal, non-formal or informal learning.

Formal learning is learning that takes place through a structured program of learning that leads to the full or partial achievement of an officially recognised qualification. Recognised institutions include, but are not limited to, RTO providers and universities. Non-formal learning is adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning or various kinds of work and life experience.

Credit can reduce the amount of study needed to complete a degree.

For further information, please see our credit for previous study website or contact ci-enquiries@curtin.edu.au.

Fees and charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees for 2019

Student type Cost

Commonwealth supported

What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)?

A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the student pays the remainder (referred to as the “student contribution amount”). The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.

All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place. A limited number of Commonwealth supported places are also available for some postgraduate courses.

Learn more about CSPs and whether you’re eligible by visiting the Australian Government’s StudyAssist website.

$7,120*

Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.

*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.

This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks – visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website

If you’re not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.

How to apply

Please review information on how to apply for the campus of your choice:

Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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Where to get further information

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  • Curtin course code: GD-MIDW
  • This offering was last updated on: December 15, 2018