School of Nursing and Midwifery

We offer a number of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, developed in consultation with our healthcare partners. We're ranked #16 in the world for nursing* and are one of Australia's most research active nursing schools.

Celebrating over 35 years

The School of Nursing and Midwifery was established in 1987 and has grown to be one of the largest nursing schools in Australia. We are ranked #16 in the world for nursing* and our school’s research is recognised as well above world standard^ with a focus on improving health care quality and patient safety, through the Centre for Quality and Patient Safety (QPS).

Study with us

Students can be confident that they are receiving a world-class education that enables them to be job ready and in demand upon graduation. Key nurses, midwives, clinicians and researchers inform the courses and ensure student learning experiences are modern and evidence-based, providing best practice healthcare.

Professor Nikki Phillips

Head of School of Nursing and Midwifery

Learn in real-world settings

Clinical placements begin in Trimester 1 of your first undergraduate 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 – Holmesglen Private, Knox Private, Melbourne Private
  • Melbourne Health
  • Mercy Health
  • Monash Health
  • Mulgrave Private
  • Ramsay Health
  • St John of God Geelong
  • St John of God Warrnambool
  • South West Healthcare
  • Western Health.

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

Learn more about our study opportunities

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

The latest in simulation centres

Our state-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centres are located at Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront and Warrnambool campuses. They 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.

Roadmap Education podcast

Roadmap Education podcast

This insightful interview with Associate Professor Lauren McTier, hosted by Kim Whitty, Career Counsellor for High School Students and Parents at Roadmap Education, explores Deakin's nursing and midwifery courses, the diverse career opportunities available in healthcare, and Lauren’s journey with Deakin and her successful career in nursing and education.

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.

World-class nursing research

Our research focuses on improving health care quality and patient safety. We have a range of research projects conducted through the Centre of Quality and Patient Safety (QPS). These projects focus on a number of the National Safety and Quality Health Service (NSQHS) standards. Particular standards in which we have conducted research include: healthcare-associated infection, medication safety, comprehensive care, including pressure injuries, communicating for safety and recognising and responding to acute deterioration.

Our projects encompass the importance of partnering with consumers.

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


*2023 ShanghaiRanking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects
^Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) 2018

Contact us

Get in touch if you have any further questions regarding the School of Nursing and Midwifery.

+61 3 9251 7777

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