Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Information valid for students commencing in 2015.

Course code




Course type

Graduate Diploma (AQF Level 8)

Professional Accreditation Status

This course is accredited by the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates of this course will be eligible for registration as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).


Tropical Health and Medicine

Award Requirements

Admission Requirements

Course pre-requisites

Applicants must be registered as a nurse in Australia, and:

  • have completed an AQF level 7 bachelor degree in a health related field at this or another university; or

  • have completed qualifications recognised as equivalent to the above; or

  • submit as an exceptional case, evidence of professional attainments including professional experience in nursing.

  • have concurrent employment minimum 0.5 FTE in a Midwifery unit.

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants of non-English speaking backgrounds must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Band 3a Schedule II of the JCU Admissions Policy.

Additional selection requirements

Students must submit the following additional registration forms with application:

  • Graduate Diploma of Midwifery Student Registration form

  • Graduate Diploma of Midwifery Clinical Placement Schedule

For more information, refer to:

Additional Information for Midwifery Applicants

Special admission requirements


Post admission requirements

Hepatitis B immunisation:

Students must provide evidence of being immune to hepatitis B.  A blood-borne viral disease may result in a student’s inability to obtain a placement in a Queensland Health facility and consequently may result in their inability to complete the requirements of the course as accredited by the relevant professional accrediting body.  If a student has not complied with the above requirement before the start of their first placement, their enrolment will be terminated immediately.

For more information, refer to:

Infectious Diseases Policy and Immunisation Guidelines

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Additional course rules


Additional completion requirements

Students are required to undertake a portion of the course via a block and/or limited attendance mode delivery (two 5-day residential schools at Townsville Campus). Students not resident in the Townsville region are required to arrange accommodation at their own expense.

Course learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates will be able to:

  • Reflect critically on the ANMC competencies, behaviours, ethical frameworks and professional responsibilities of midwives

  • Design, implement and evaluate midwifery care that is supportive and holistic, and recognises every woman’s right to self-determination in familiar, complex and challenging environments in the pregnancy continuum

  • Apply primary health care principles and knowledge of social determinants of health to develop and communicate strategies to promote and optimise health, welfare and autonomy of childbearing women and their families in northern Australia

  • Provide culturally appropriate care that is collaborative and in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander childbearing women and their families across the pregnancy continuum in northern Australia

  • Evaluate and apply established and emerging evidence and concepts in midwifery practice, in accordance with Page’s (2000) five steps to evidence based midwifery

  • In partnership with the woman, appropriately consult with interdisciplinary professionals to ensure safe, effective, woman and family centred care throughout the pregnancy

  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability in managing own professional development, and contribute to the professional development of others, through sharing knowledge, analyses, evaluations and attitudes that develop and enhance midwifery practice

  • Demonstrate the English language and numeracy skills necessary to evaluate and interpret clinical information in partnership with all women and families in the pregnancy continuum.

Course Structure


NS5131:03 Foundations of Midwifery Practice

NS5132:03 Midwifery Care of Murri and Torres Strait Islander Families

NS5133:03 Healthy Labour, Birth and the Puerperium

NS5134:03 Challenges to the Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Continuum

NS5135:03 Complex Midwifery Care

NS5136:03 Pharmacology and Clinical Midwifery Practice

NS5201:03 Research Design: Theory and Application

NS5214:03 Professional Midwifery Care







Expected time to complete

1.5 years part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year


Course progression requisites


Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)


Special assessment requirements


Accreditation requirements

Must be registered as a Registered Nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing


Students may apply for advanced standing for previous tertiary study in accordance with the Advanced Standing and Articulation policy and associated procedures.

Maximum allowed

Maximum 12 credit points (for formal study, or RPL, or a combination of formal study & RPL)


Advanced standing will be granted only for studies completed in the 5 years prior to the commencement of this course.


Advanced standing gained for any subject shall be cancelled 9 years after the date of the examination upon which the advanced standing is based if, by then, the student has not completed the course of study prescribed for the degree.

Other restrictions

Not applicable

Award Details

Award title


Approved abbreviation


Inclusion of majors on testamur

Not applicable, this course does not include majors

Exit with lesser award

Not applicable

Course articulation

Students who complete the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery are eligible for entry to the Master of Midwifery and may be granted advanced standing for all subjects completed under the graduate diploma.