Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is for designed for Registered Nurses and has an emphasis on rural and remote practice.

Campus
Townsville
Limited attendance on campus - block mode
Start dates
February
Duration
1.5 years part-time
Part time available
Study mode
Flexible
Prerequisites
Australian nursing registration; AQF level 7 degree in a health-related field; concurrent 0.5FTE employment in a Midwifery unit

Career opportunities

JCU’s Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is an ANMAC accredited course and graduates can apply for registration as a midwife.

Course highlights

  • Emphasis on rural and remote practice
  • Emphasis on Indigenous health, including the Murri Birthing subject
  • Clinical placements are held throughout the 18-month course, which are mostly in birth suites, community midwifery services, maternity wards and special care nurseries.

Course overview

JCU's College of Nursing and Midwifery has responded to growing requirements for professionals to keep up-to-date with changes in technology, procedures and research that inform current practice. Our specialist and advanced practice coursework program is available to registered nurses who want to progress their careers in their chosen specialty area.

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

Please note: Subjects NS5131 (First Year) and NS5135 (Second Year) include attendance at a compulsory 5-day residential school at the Townsville campus in January each year, five full days, 8am-5pm.

  • NS5131 (Year 1 students) residential = 11-16 January 2016
  • NS5136 (Year 2 students) residential = 15-19 February 2016.

How to apply

Complete an online application through our Online Application Portal.


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.

GDip Midwifery applicants are required to upload the following completed forms and required documentary evidence:

  1. Graduate Diploma of Midwifery Student Application Form
    1. Current NMBA RN Registration
    2. Degree testamur or official academic transcript
    3. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Graduate Diploma of Midwifery Student Placement Agreement  
  3. Professional Experience Placement

    Applicants are required to read the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery PEP Handbook prior to application.

    Clinical Requirements

    Professional experience in the form of clinical placement is sought by the student. It is a requirement of the GDMid that all students secure a minimum of a 0.4 FTE clinical placement (either paid or supernumerary) at an approved clinical facility, for the duration of the course (18 months), prior to application.

    How to Secure a Clinical Position

    Clinical Facilities usually advertise clinical positions for postgraduate midwifery students. You could also approach the midwifery educator at each facility and ask if they employ or support postgraduate midwifery students with clinical placement.  We currently have Midwifery students in clinical positions in Central/Northern Queensland, NT, NSW & WA.

Subjects

Course Structure

CORE SUBJECTS

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

Handbook

Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Course code

73907

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).

Division

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 0.5FTE 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

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 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

CORE SUBJECTS

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

Campus

COURSE AVAILABLE AT

NOTES

Townsville


Candidature

Expected time to complete

1.5 years part-time

Maximum time to complete

4 years

Maximum leave of absence

1 year

Progression

Course progression requisites

Nil

Course includes mandatory professional placement(s)

Yes

Special assessment requirements

Nil

Professional accreditation requirements

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

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade

Nil

Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable

Advanced Standing

Eligibility

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)

Currency

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

Expiry

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

GRADUATE DIPLOMA OF MIDWIFERY

Approved abbreviation

GDipMid

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.

This website is intended as general guide. Prospective students should contact the university to confirm admission requirements and the availability of courses. James Cook University reserves the right to alter any course or admission requirement without prior notice.