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.

Celebrating over 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 among the top 30 universities worldwide for nursing.*

Our school is ranked in the top 30 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

Head of School

Our disciplines

All the courses we offer at the School of Nursing and Midwifery are grouped into disciplines.



Learn in real-world settings

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 – 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.

Read more about 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

State-of-the-art Clinical Simulation Centres are located at our Melbourne Burwood, Geelong Waterfront and Warrnambool campuses. 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.

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

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

Contact us

General enquiries
+61 3 9251 7777
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*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2020