Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Courses and Study Australian courses Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

If you are a Registered Nurse and looking for opportunities to advance your career, this 1.5 year part-time Graduate Diploma of Midwifery could be perfect for you. When you graduate, you'll possess qualifications that are sought after by employers of midwives. You will have acquired high-level knowledge of midwifery, especially in rural and remote practice, and you will be up-to-date with changes in technology, procedures and research that inform current practice.

Importantly, this course offers you the opportunity to study four overlapping subjects that enable you to fast-track completion of the Master of Midwifery degree, as after successful completion of this Graduate Diploma you would only need to complete eight subjects.

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

Career opportunities

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is an ANMAC accredited course that qualifies you to apply for registration as a midwife. Your JCU qualification will be highly valued by employers, and especially by those looking for professional midwifery staff to work in Indigenous, rural or remote settings. Your studies provide you with the competencies and knowledge you'll require to advance your nursing career into a specialised field that is deeply appreciated by your patients and families.

Course highlights

    This James Cook University (JCU) Graduate Diploma provides you with skills and practical experience that you won't be offered anywhere else. You'll experience:

  • Clinical placements throughout your studies, giving you first-hand experience of working in birthing suites, community midwifery services, maternity wards and special care nurseries
  • Intensive studies of Indigenous health, with unique opportunities to study the JCU Murri Birthing subject
  • Midwifery practice in Indigenous, rural, remote and tropical northern settings
  • Two compulsory 5-day residential schools at JCU's Townsville campus give you valuable opportunities to network and learn in a collaborative environment.

If your future plans include completing a Masters degree, keep in mind that successfully completing your JCU Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, gives you credit for 4 subjects towards a JCU Master of Midwifery (so you can complete your Masters degree in less time and less cost).

Course overview

This course provides you with the professional skills and knowledge you'll need to advance your career. Your skills will enable you to:

  • Demonstrate ANMAC competencies, behaviours and ethical frameworks in midwifery settings
  • 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
  • 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 (2006) 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
  • 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.

Among the units you'll study are:

  • Foundations of Midwifery Practice
  • Midwifery Care of Murri and Torres Strait Islander Families
  • Health Labour, Birth and the Puerperium
  • Challenges to the Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Continuum
  • Complex Midwifery Care.

Special Note

Depending on your area of research and/or where you complete your Professional Experience Placement activities, you will have to comply with the pre-placement requirements of James Cook University and your host facility.

You must complete all Professional Experience Placement requirements by the set deadlines and ensure all requirements are kept up to date throughout your course enrolment.

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 (PDF, 97 KB)
    1. Current NMBA RN Registration
    2. Degree testamur or official academic transcript
    3. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Graduate Diploma of Midwifery Student Placement Agreement (PDF, 1201 KB)

Professional experience placement

Applicants are required to read the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery PEP Handbook (PDF, 896 KB) 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, Northern Territory (NT), New South Wales (NSW) and Western Australia (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

This course may have specific admission requirements such as immunisation, a Suitability to Work with Children Card, a federal police check and/or other conditions that students must comply with. Students must complete all professional experience placement requirements by the prescribed deadlines and maintain currency of these requirements in order to stay admitted in the course.

You will find your course requirements here:

https://www.jcu.edu.au/professional-experience-placement/preparation-checklists

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.