School of Nursing and Midwifery

Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery is one of the largest in Australia and ranked amongst the best in the world*.

We offer a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, developed in consultation with our healthcare partners and are one of Australia’s most research active schools of nursing.

*2018 QS World University Rankings

Celebrating 30 years

The School of Nursing and Midwifery was established in 1987 and has grown to be one of the largest Nursing Schools in Australia. It is ranked in the top 25 universities in the world for nursing.*

Learn more about our 30 year history (PDF, 15.5MB)

*2018 QS Quacquarelli Symonds Subject Rankings

We are very proud of the School of Nursing and Midwifery’s international rankings and excellent graduate employment outcomes.* The School established and continues to lead an extensive clinical Partnership Network that links both the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety Research (QPS) and the School with many of Victoria’s major healthcare providers. The Partnership Network gives our students access to a wide variety of clinical learning experiences and enables us to undertake world-leading research# . This research contributes directly to our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, which are evidence-based and underpinned by the principles of quality and patient safety in healthcare, promoting a person-centred approach. The School also has a number of international partnerships that include both educational and research relationships. Our School is ranked in the top 25 nursing schools in the world**. Consequently, students can be confident that they are receiving a world-class education that allows them to graduate job ready and in demand.

Professor Nikki Phillips

Interim Head of School

* 96.4% of our undergraduate nursing students are employed shortly after graduating which is above the national average (Graduate Destinations Survey (2015) and the Graduate Outcomes Survey, QILT (2016–17)).
# Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery is a world leader in research, achieving a rating of 4 (above world standard) in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015 evaluations.
** 2018 QS Quacquarelli Symonds Subject Rankings

Work with real patients, here and overseas

Clinical placements begin in Trimester 1 of your first year and continue throughout your course in every trimester. They provide extensive opportunities to develop and consolidate your learning, and are undertaken in various metropolitan, regional and rural health care settings under the supervision of qualified practitioners.

You have the opportunity to choose from a variety of health care organisations, including, but not limited to:

  • Alfred Health
  • Austin Health
  • Barwon Health
  • Eastern Health
  • Epworth HealthCare
  • Healthscope – Knox Private, Melbourne Private
  • Melbourne Health
  • Mercy Health
  • Monash Health
  • Ramsay Health
  • St John of God Geelong
  • South West Healthcare
  • Western Health.

Choose from local and regional Victorian healthcare organisations or take advantage of our global partnerships and study abroad.

Read more about study opportunities

Virtual Maternity Clinic

The Virtual Maternity Clinic is a virtual learning environment designed to complement classroom teaching and clinical placements. It includes video clips, avatars and interactive learning activities related to the health assessment of women during pregnancy. The clinic aims to better prepare you in the art and science of providing evidence-based pregnancy care.

Innovative partnership models

Deakin’s partnership networks with health care organisations give you access to a wide variety of health care environments and clinical learning experiences. You can complete the majority of your placements within one organisation or gain experience in different hospitals and settings - the choice is yours!

The latest in simulation centres

State-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centres are located at our Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront and Warrnambool campuses so you'll have access to these facilities no matter which campus you study at.

Our Clinical Simulation Centres contain purpose-built, flexible learning spaces and simulated clinical settings that provide a safe, supportive and realistic environment for you to develop core clinical nursing and midwifery skills.

The simulated learning spaces replicate hospital and community environments with equipment such as high-fidelity human-patient simulators, bed spaces, hand basins, wall oxygen, suction and cardiac monitoring devices; they are well resourced with disposable dressing packs, injection equipment, monitoring equipment and other materials.

Explore our facilities

Multidisciplinary learning

Deakin students engage in multidisciplinary learning. For example, our nursing students learn with students from a range of other health disciplines, including medicine, social work, occupational therapy and dietetics. 

This experience introduces you to working in multidisciplinary teams and helps you to develop an understanding of the expertise and roles of different health professionals.

Studying nursing and midwifery at Deakin

Deakin's School of Nursing and Midwifery is committed to providing excellence in our courses through an emphasis on current trends and evidence-based practice in nursing.

Featured staff

Alfred Deakin Professor Mari Botti AM is Chair in Nursing in Deakin Nursing’s Epworth HealthCare partnership. Professor Botti has research interests that cross a number of clinical practice domains, with a particular focus on pain management, patient activation, quality and safety and clinical outcomes in acute care settings. She was honoured in 2016 with an Order of Australia (AM) Award for significant service to nursing, medical education and pain management research as an academic and author.

World-class nursing research

From laughter therapy for people with chronic kidney disease to the impact of emerging technology on patients and carers, our research is always focused on practical application and real patient outcomes.

We currently have over 100 research projects underway through the Centre of Quality and Patient Safety (QPS).

Find out more about our research

Opportunities for international visitors

Deakin’s School of Nursing and Midwifery welcomes applications from overseas academics and PhD candidates to come and research with us. 

Visitors are able to work on meaningful projects with Deakin researchers, expand their international networks and contribute to our vibrant research culture. 

Learn more about the opportunities available for overseas scholars

Contact us

General enquiries
+61 3 9251 7777
Email the School of Nursing and Midwifery

School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Health
Deakin University
221 Burwood Highway
Burwood, Victoria 3125