Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Course summary for local students

Year2016 course information
Award granted Graduate Diploma of Midwifery
Campus
  • Burwood (Melbourne)
  • 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)

CSP annual fee (indicative) - commencing 2016$6,289 - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Full fee paying annual fee - commencing 2016$22,000 - Full-fee paying place
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 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

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

Commonwealth supported place (CSP)

Under the present legislation, a Commonwealth supported place is one for which the University receives some Government funding. Students enrolled in these places are required to contribute part of their course costs. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be an Australian citizen, or New Zealand citizen or holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.

The Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) indicative course fee shown in the table above 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. The cost of each unit offered in 2016 can be viewed from the Unit Search.

Full-fee paying place

A full-fee paying place is one which the University does not receive any Government funding. Students enrolled in these places contribute the full cost of their course. Domestic full-fee paying places are available to Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

The actual course fee charged by Deakin University, is based on the course and the study load being undertaken. The annual fee above is 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.

Fee information for all domestic students

The fees per course/unit/credit point may be otherwise subject to an annual increase due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.

This information is provided as a guide only. No representation is made that the information provided is current or accurate. Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on indicative course fee to calculate the total future cost of their course. Applicants can email enquire@deakin.edu.au for more information about 2016 fees.

Study load

Eight credit points is considered a standard full time load for one year, which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL. The annual fee displayed for this course is based on eight credit points.

Fee payment assistance

Australian citizens or holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, enrolling in a CSP or full-fee paying place, may be eligible for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP respectively. For more information about HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP visit the Study Assist website.

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 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.

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.

How to apply

Some courses are available in Trimester 2 and 3 2016. Check our Midyear entry and Trimester 3 pages to see if direct applications are open for this course.

Applications for Trimester 2 and Trimester 3 must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page. 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.