Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Course summary for current students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Midwifery
Campus
  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • Cloud (online) with significant campus requirements at Burwood (Melbourne)
Duration1.5 years in a combination of full time and part time study
Deakin course codeH676

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Take your nursing career in a rewarding new direction with a specialisation in midwifery.

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is designed for registered nurses seeking registration as a midwife. Midwives play an essential role in maternity care and are recognised as responsible and accountable professionals who work in partnership with women providing them with appropriate  support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the post-partum period. Midwives conduct births, and provide care for the mother and the baby from birth to infancy.

You will learn how to undertake midwifery health assessments incorporating physical, emotional and mental health of the woman as well as health assessments of her baby through pregnancy, birth and postnatal period. The midwife is a primary health care provider and this role includes referral and collaboration with other health care professionals as well as health promotion and education.

Midwives have 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 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 and foetal and placental development. You will look at anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, female pelvis, signs and symptoms of pregnancy and the intra-partum phase and mechanism of labour.

The course incorporates clinical learning opportunities and supervised part-time arrangements within a variety of maternity services settings, which means you will get the chance to put your learning into hands-on practice before you graduate. You will typically be employed within a collaborating hospital, providing you with a sound clinical learning environment in which to satisfy the clinical program requirements of the course.

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 relevant knowledge and skills to make you highly employable within the specialist field of midwifery.

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.

Professional recognition

This course is recognised by AHPRA and accredited by the NMBA and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (“ANMAC”).

Note: This course is currently accredited as at the date of publishing.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
$6,289$22,000$27,520

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

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.

Course structure

Core units

Year 1 - Trimester 1 (Commencing February)

HNM701The Woman During Pregnancy, Labour and Birth *

HNM702The Woman and Newborn Infant *

Year 1 - Trimester 2

HNM703Contexts of Midwifery Practice *

HNM704Clinical Challenges in Maternity Care *

plus one elective unit

Year 2 - Trimester 1

HNM705Clinical Challenges in Infant Care *

plus one elective unit

* Classes are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and are video-conferenced 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:

HNN727Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)

Alternatively, students may select level 7 electives from other Schools within the Faculty of Health.


Fees - CSPs: More 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.