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

Duration

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

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

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Course overview

Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Midwifery course provides the knowledge, skills and ethical understanding you need to become a registered midwife – launching you into a career where you can make a real difference for women and their families. This course prepares you to provide high quality woman-centred care. Midwives play an invaluable role in supporting women across the continuum of pregnancy, labour, birth and the first weeks following birth.

Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is developed in consultation with our healthcare partners, ensuring you’re always connected to those at the forefront of industry. The course is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), enabling clear career outcomes upon graduation.

Aspiring to enter the maternity health care sector with the confidence to succeed as a midwife?

Throughout this 18 month course you will engage in experiential learning in our purpose-built Clinical Simulation Centres. Our Clinical Simulation Centres provide a safe, supportive and realistic environment for you to develop and hone the essential midwifery skills to prepare you for clinical practice.

Midwifery practice experiences are undertaken at partner organisations who offer employment (paid) and/or clinical only (non-paid) practice models, supported by qualified and experienced clinicians. Midwifery practice experiences are secured by the applicant through our healthcare partners. These positions are advertised through the health service. Acceptance into a health service postgraduate midwifery program is a pre-requisite requirement for acceptance into Deakin’s Graduate Diploma of Midwifery.

Clinical practice begins in trimester 1 and continues throughout the 18 months of your course. Clinical practice provides an opportunity to care for women and families from diverse cultural backgrounds in a range of maternity settings, enabling application of knowledge and further development of technical and non-technical midwifery skills.

The course covers a broad range of study areas that reflect the breadth 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:

  • pregnancy, birthing and postnatal care
  • complex midwifery care, including emergency management
  • neonatal special care

Gain a valuable mix of hands-on clinical practice and theory with a nursing and midwifery school that’s ranked 30th in the world by two prestigious international ranking bodies.* As one of the most research active schools in Australia, our School of Nursing and Midwifery boasts some of the best facilities and resources available.

When you graduate from the course, you will have completed at least 856 hours of clinical practice. Additionally,- our employment-based program offers you significant clinical experiences 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.

*2021 QS World University Rankings by Subject, and 2021 ShanghaiRankings Ranking of Academic Subjects.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Diploma of Midwifery
Year

2022 course information

Deakin code
H676
Level
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 (compulsory) units.

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).

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

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
  • 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)

    NOTE: Course will commence February due to intensive requirements.

    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 for 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 clinical practice requirements.

    Mandatory student checks

    Police Record Check

    In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

    Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

    Working with Children Check

    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 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.

    Immunisation

    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.

    Workload

    As a student in the Faculty of Health you can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This may include classes, seminars and simulation. 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

    The course involves compulsory clinical practice hours over the duration of the course with your host organisation. An intensive teaching program is conducted at the Melbourne Burwood Campus in mid-February and nominated ‘study days’ are conducted throughout each of the trimesters during the 18 months of the course. Students will typically be employed in a supervised part-time placement arrangement within maternity services at their host organisation.

    Students are expected to participate in all timetabled learning experiences, online or at specified physical locations.

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information

    Work experience

    Clinical Practicum

    The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery has been designed to incorporate clinical learning opportunities and supervised part-time arrangements within your host organisation. Students are usually employed within a collaborating health service to support and provide a sound clinical learning environment for the clinical program requirements of the course. Some healthcare partners offer non-paid clinical midwifery practice experience including pregnancy care, labour and birth, postnatal care and neonatal special care.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Applicants must possess:

    • Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent

    AND

    • Registration as a registered nurse with AHPRA, with no conditions or restrictions.

    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:http://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/English-language-skills.aspx

    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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    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $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

    This course provides a pathway to higher degree by research courses and other postgraduate coursework programs.

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    Careers

    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 registered midwives have never been greater due to the current shortage of qualified midwives 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.

    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.

    Course Learning Outcomes

    Graduate Learning Outcomes

    Practice midwifery that is underpinned by the philosophy of woman-centred care.

    GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
    GLO2: Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

    Critically engage in a process of assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation to provide evidence-based, safe and quality care to optimise outcomes in partnership with the woman.

    GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
    GLO3: Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
    GLO4: Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
    GLO5: Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

    Be a reflective lifelong learner who is cognisant of, and actively develops and maintains their midwifery knowledge, skills and mindsets required for contemporary midwifery practice.

    GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.
    GLO3: Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.
    GLO4: Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.
    GLO5: Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.
    GLO6: Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

    Develop sustainable, respectful partnerships that are built on collaboration, mutual trust, respect and cultural safety.

    GLO2: Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.
    GLO8: Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context, and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as diverse communities and cultures in a global context.

    Foster effective professional relationships to ensure safe and quality care.

    GLO2: Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.
    GLO6: Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.
    GLO7: Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.
    GLO8: Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context, and with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as diverse communities and cultures in a global context