Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Postgraduate coursework

This postgraduate course, the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, is specifically designed to enable you to apply for registration as a midwife upon completion.

Domestic student information

Key facts

Duration

1.5 years in a combination of full time and part time study

Campuses

  • Cloud (online) with significant campus requirements at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)
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Course information

Take your nursing career in a rewarding and new direction in midwifery.

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is designed for registered nurses seeking registration as a Midwife in Australia. The midwife plays an essential role in maternity care and is recognised as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women within the framework of ‘woman-centered care’.

The midwife is a primary health care provider and undertakes health assessments throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and time after birth to ensure the health and wellbeing of women and their unborn/new born babies. This role includes referral and collaboration with other health care professionals as well as health promotion and education.

As a primary health care provider the midwife has an important role in health counselling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and the community. This involves antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and childcare. A midwife may practice in any setting including the home, community, hospitals, clinics or health units.

Areas of study covered include a review of the anatomy and physiology of human reproduction, pre-conceptual health, conception, embryology, fetal and placental development. Study areas also include anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, signs and symptoms of pregnancy; care of the woman during labour, birth and the time after birth; and complexities of maternal health such as gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders and related pathophysiology. The care of the healthy newborn baby and the specific requirements of the baby born too early or an unwell full term baby are examined in reference to anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology.

You will typically be employed in a supervised part-time placement arrangement including a variety of maternity services settings of a collaborating hospital. These arrangements are designed to assist you in meeting all requirements of the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery as well as those of the Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency (AHPRA) of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Employment opportunities for graduates have never been greater due to the current shortage of qualified midwives both locally and overseas. Throughout your course you will develop the relevant knowledge and skills to make you highly employable within the specialist field of midwifery.

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery students must attain 8 credit points comprising five core units equalling 6 credit points (these are compulsory) and 2 credit points of elective units (you can choose which ones to study).

Both the theoretical and clinical components of the assessment for each unit must be passed to successfully gain an overall pass in this course. Compulsory clinical hurdle requirements form part of the assessment of this course. Recognition of the importance of clinical assessments is calculated in the overall student workload.

Note: Failure of a compulsory practicum in a unit will normally lead to exclusion.

6

Compulsory credit points

2

Elective credit points

8

Total

Core units

Year 1 - Trimester 1 (Commencing February)

  • The Woman During Pregnancy, Labour and Birth HNM701 *
  • The Woman and Newborn Infant HNM702 *
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Contexts of Midwifery Practice HNM703 *
  • Clinical Challenges in Maternity Care HNM704 *
  • plus one elective unit

    Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Clinical Challenges in Infant Care HNM705 *
  • plus one elective unit

    * Classes are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and include online conference arrangements to other venues. Online learning resources are used for independent study, class delivery and discussions.

    Elective units

    The 2 credit points of elective units may be chosen from the following:

  • Clinical Leadership and Collaborative Practice HNN704 (1 credit point)
  • Research in Nursing and Midwifery HNN727 (2 credit points)
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning HNN730 (1 credit point)
  • Patient Safety and Risk Management HNN749 (1 credit point)
  • Alternatively, students may select level 7 electives from other Schools within the Faculty of Health.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Diploma of Midwifery
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    H676
    Level
    Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

    Campuses by intake

    Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud Campus with significant campus requirements at Burwood (Melbourne)

    Additional course information

    CSPs are limited and are dependent on Government funding received by the University. Therefore a CSP is not guaranteed to all domestic students. It is usually given based on prior academic merit.

    Course duration - additional information

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

    Mandatory student checks

    In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to placements in each calendar year of their course.

    In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of placement will not be able to undertake placement and this will impede progress in the course.

    Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals, online interaction and clinical placements. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

    Participation requirements

    Students are expected to participate in all timetabled learning experiences, online or at specified physical locations.

    Classes are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and include online conference arrangements to those students residing outside of the metropolitan area. Online learning resources are used for independent study, class delivery and discussions. An intensive program is conducted at the Burwood Melbourne campus in mid-February and nominated ‘study days’ are conducted throughout each of the trimesters over the 18 months of the course. Students will typically be employed in a supervised part-time placement arrangement including a variety of maternity services settings of a collaborating hospital.

    Work experience

    Clinical Practicum

    The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery has been designed to incorporate clinical learning opportunities and supervised part-time arrangements within a variety of maternity services settings. Students are usually employed within a collaborating hospital to support and provide a sound clinical learning environment for the clinical program requirements of the course. Where concurrent employment is not possible, clinical practicum may be negotiated. There are clinical hours that must be completed independently of the supervised employment component. Following successful completion of 8 credit points of study and all practice requirements of the course and for registration, students are eligible to apply to AHPRA, through the NMBA, for registration as a midwife.

    For the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery (8 credit points), the theoretical and clinical components of the assessment for each unit must be passed in order to successfully gain an overall pass. Compulsory hurdle tasks form part of the assessment. Recognition of the importance of clinical assessments is calculated in the overall student workload. Failure of a compulsory practicum in a unit will normally lead to exclusion from the course.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Applicants should normally possess a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and must be nurses registered with the AHPRA.

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.

    In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $24,200 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $6,566 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)

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    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

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    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

    The midwife is recognised as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period to conduct births and provide care for the newborn and the infant. The midwife has an important task in health counselling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and the community. This work involves antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and childcare. A midwife may practise in any setting, including the home, community, hospitals, clinics or health units.

    Employment opportunities for have never been greater due to the current shortage of qualified midwife both locally and overseas. Throughout your course you will develop the knowledge and skills that make you highly employable within the specialist field of midwifery.

    Professional recognition

    On successful completion of this course, students will be awarded the qualification of Graduate Diploma of Midwifery. This course has been designed to enable eligibility to apply for endorsement as a midwife through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

    Course learning outcomes

    Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Discipline Specific knowledge and capabilities

    Apply specialised knowledge and evidence-based practice, research, and scholarly activity to promote the delivery of contemporary midwifery practice and appraise directions in maternity services for all childbearing women.

    Practice in a safe and competent manner through the identification of issues and critically examine their impact upon maternal and fetal/infant health and wellbeing outcomes leading to advocacy, health promotion, and education for women, their families and the community.

    Communication

    Apply advanced and effective communication strategies to inform and motivate women in appropriate self-care throughout all phases of childbearing including that of their fetus/infant and to other health care professionals for referral and collaborative services

    Digital Literacy

    Use digital technologies to locate, select, collect and curate information to generate and transmit solutions and support continuing professional development to inform practice and support the delivery of the best possible care for women and their families.

    Critical thinking

    Critically assess, plan, evaluate and interpret information to complete a range of activities to impact upon maternal and fetal/infant health and wellbeing outcomes leading to advocacy, health promotion, and education for women, their families and the community.

    Problem Solving

    Initiate, plan and implement safe and effective midwifery care and practice knowledge through problem solving skills, critical thinking; decision-making and reflection on practice including risk management to ensure delivery of safe care for women and their fetus/infant.

    Self-management

    Use appropriate strategies to promote professional competence through critical reflection, accountability and feedback while engaging in life-long learning practices for the benefit of women, their families and the midwifery profession to ensure eligibility for continued registration for practice as a midwife.

    Teamwork

    Collaborate effectively as a member of a team with colleagues and other health care professionals to promote best practice and satisfactory outcomes for maternal and fetal/infant care.

    Global Citizenship

    Contribute to the midwifery discipline through continuing professional development, to promote safe and quality maternity care.

    Apply ethical and culturally safe decision making in the provision of woman centred care, including social, economic and ecologically sustainable considerations respectful of the diverse needs within the Australian community.

     

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    Entry pathways

    Graduates of this course may progress to further studies including higher degree by research or other postgraduate coursework programs.

    Credit for prior learning

    The University aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations. Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course at Deakin University, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed at Deakin.

    You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

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