Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Course summary for local students

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Year2017 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Midwifery
Campus
  • Cloud (online) with significant campus requirements at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud CampusYes
Length1.5 years in a combination of full time and part time study
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Tuition fee rateAvailable fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees
LevelPostgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Faculty contacts

Health - Student and Academic Services
Tel 03 9251 7777
health-enquire@deakin.edu.au

OR

School of Nursing and Midwifery Postgraduate Enrolments Team

Deakin course code H676

Course sub-headings

Course overview

Take your nursing career in a rewarding and a 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-entered 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 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.

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.

Fees and charges

Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

Career opportunities

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.

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 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:

HNN704Clinical Leadership and Collaborative Practice (1 credit point)

HNN727Research in Nursing and Midwifery (2 credit points)

HNN730Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning (1 credit point)

HNN749Patient Safety and Risk Management (1 credit point)

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

Entry requirements - general

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 Guide.

Credit for prior learning - general

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.

How to apply

Trimester 1 – start studying in March 2017

Applications for this course can be made directly through our Applicant Portal.

For more information on the application process, visit our Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.


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.

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.

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.