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


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


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Course overview

With a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, you can support women and their families through one of the most important moments of their lives. Graduate with the skills and extensive clinical experience needed to become a registered midwife and take advantage of professional development opportunities that prepare you for the diverse challenges of the role.

Ready for a career that’s all about human connection, building trust and rewarding experiences?

Welcoming a new baby into the world is a special time for families, and midwives have a particularly important role to play in the journey. It’s a role that requires warmth, understanding, patience, attention to detail and confidence. Not to mention specialist expertise that prepares you for the many different scenarios you will face on a daily basis. The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery gives you the tools and experience to make your dream career a reality.

The course covers a broad range of study areas that reflect the complex nature of maternity care. An intensive program at the start of the course builds your foundational knowledge of what it takes to begin working as a registered nurse in the postnatal environment. You will then go on to explore specialised areas of midwifery including:

  • the anatomy and physiology of human reproduction
  • pre-conceptual health and conception
  • embryology
  • fetal and placental development
  • anatomy and physiology of pregnancy
  • signs and symptoms of pregnancy
  • care of the woman during labour, birth and the time after birth
  • complications of maternal health such as gestational diabetes, hypertensive disorders and preterm births.

You will also gain a deep understanding of antenatal care, women’s health, care of the newborn and parenthood, preparing you for the health promotion and education aspects of the role.

To be fully prepared for contemporary professional practice as a midwife, you’ll need to take your learning beyond the classroom. It’s common for midwives to deal with unexpected challenges like emergency caesareans, back-to-back shifts and delivery complications (sometimes all in the same day), so you’ll need to have a wealth of real-world experience to guide your decision-making. Our focus on practical learning exposes you to the full spectrum of emotional and physical challenges you’ll face in your future role, ensuring you’re ready and confident when it’s time to put your skills into practice. When you graduate from the course, you will have completed at least 540 hours of clinical placement. On top of that, our employment-based program gives you the opportunity to gain hundreds more hours of clinical experience in a paid maternity services role. This can provide an important financial boost, and students who take advantage of this program often secure continued employment with their host organisation.

These opportunities are in place to ensure you have the skills and clinical experience needed to become a registered midwife. Following successful completion of the course, you’ll be eligible to apply for registration as a midwife through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

2022 course information

Deakin code
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status

This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery students must attain 8 credit points comprising of 8 core units (these are compulsory).

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.

All commencing Faculty of Health Undergraduate and Postgraduate course work students are required to complete HAI010 Academic Integrity in their first trimester of study (0 credit point compulsory unit).

Core units

Year 1 - Trimester 1 (Commencing February)

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Partnerships in Midwifery 1: Pregnancy Care *
  • Partnerships in Midwifery 2: Labour and Birth Care *
  • Partnerships in Midwifery 3: Postnatal Care *
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Complex Midwifery Care *
  • Neonatal Challenges in Midwifery Practice *
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples' History, Culture and Health *
  • Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Emergency Midwifery Care *
  • Contemporary Midwifery Practice *
  • * 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.

    Campuses by intake

    This course commences in Trimester 1 (March) only. It is available to commence in March across all nominated campuses.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Cloud (online)

    Level: Postgraduate (Graduate Diploma)

    NOTE: Students enrol in Cloud (online) however there are significant campus requirements at Burwood (Melbourne)

    Additional course information

    There are limited CSP places in the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery. Therefore a CSP is not guaranteed to all domestic students. They are competitive and are allocated based on academic merit. Applications for CSP usually closes in mid-late November each year. Applications after received after this time are considered for full-fee places only.

    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 Worker Screening Act 2020, 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 clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

    Students are required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical 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.


    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 all units and all practical requirements of the course, students are eligible for registration as a midwife to AHPRA through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

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

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • Bachelor Degree or higher


    • Two years relevant work experience or


    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    English language requirements 

    ANMAC additional English language proficiency requirements

    In addition to meeting the Deakin English language requirement, it is an Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) accreditation requirement that applicants meet the English Language requirements of the ANMAC Accreditation Standards leading to initial registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) at commencement of their course. These requirements include a self- declaration that English is their primary language, evidence of achievement of the minimum English language test result as specified in the (NMBA) English language skills registration standard or hold current registration with The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (APRHA) as a Registered Nurse.

    Nursing English Language Requirements Self-Declaration

    Applicants applying directly to Deakin are required to complete and submit the Deakin University Nursing English Language Requirements Self-Declaration form with their online course application via the applicant portal.

    Primary language

    NMBA requirement is that English is your primary language and you have attended and satisfactorily completed at least six years of primary and secondary education taught and assessed solely in English, including at least two years between years 7 and 12. This education must have been completed in one or more of the following countries: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America.

    Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

    English language test

    Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they have achieved the required minimum scores in one of the following English language tests and meet the requirements for test results specified in the NMBA English language skills registration standard:

    - ELTS (Academic): minimum overall band of 7.0 (with no individual band less than 7.0);

    - OET: minimum score of B in each of the four bands;

    - TOEFL iBT: minimum overall score of 94 (with minimum score of 24 in listening and reading, 27 in writing and 23 in speaking)

    - PTE Academic: minimum score of 65 (with no communication band less than 65)

    Applicants can obtain further information about the Standard at:

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

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Please note: meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into this program is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $27,200 for 1 yr full-time - Full-fee paying place
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    $3,985 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 this course within the same year. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Recognition of 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 eight credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

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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.

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    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 your course, you will be eligible to apply for registration as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    The NMBA has mandatory registration standards that applicants need to meet to be registered. Core registration standards are available on the NMBA website.

    This course accreditation has currently expired, and the course is in teach out mode. A new course is pending accreditation with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approval by the NMBA.

    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 foetal/infant health and wellbeing outcomes leading to advocacy, health promotion, and education for women, their families and the community.


    Apply advanced and effective communication strategies to inform and motivate women in appropriate self-care throughout all phases of childbearing including that of their foetus/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 foetal/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 foetus/infant.


    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.


    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 foetal/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.