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Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

This course is available to Domestic Students only.
Students must attend 2 x 5-day residential blocks at Townsville campus.
1.5 years part-time
Attendance mode
Entry Requirements
Australian nursing registration; AQF level 7 degree in a health-related field; concurrent 0.5FTE employment in a Midwifery unit
Not applicable
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JCU graduates work as registered midwives in a variety of settings, including public and private hospitals and clinics, maternity and neonatal care, education and rural and remote clinics.

Build on your qualifications and experience as a Registered Nurse and become a Registered Midwife with JCU’s ANMAC-accredited Graduate Diploma of Midwifery. Learn how to provide outstanding continuity of care to women through pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period.

Combine core subjects with practical experience unique to JCU in this 1.5 year part-time course. Undertake continuous placement in a facility of your choice in Australia, where you live or close to where you live. This provides you with first-hand experience working with midwives in your local birthing suites, community midwifery services, maternity wards and special care nurseries.

In addition to planned placement, you will develop your own continuity of midwifery care experience program. Continuity of care experiences are central to the midwifery curriculum. These require you to follow women through attendance at antenatal and postnatal appointments, labour, birth and the postnatal period throughout the course. Your continuity of care program may require your attendance in the evenings, overnight and on weekends.

You will complete two compulsory five-day residential schools at JCU's Townsville campus. These provide valuable opportunities to network and learn in a collaborative environment. You will undertake focused studies of Indigenous health and midwifery practice in rural, remote and tropical northern settings.

View the Handbook for a detailed overview of core subjects, as well as pre-placement requirements.

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, 1253 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).

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Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Handbook year


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 placement arranged for a minimum 0.4FTE 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 Agreement

For more information, please see How to apply

Post admission requirements

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:

Academic Requirements for Course Completion

Credit points

24 credit points

Additional completion requirements

Students are required to undertake a portion of the course via intensive and/or mixed 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.

This course includes extensive professional or clinical placements. Students are required to initiate their clinical placement arrangements at their chosen clinical site. To successfully complete the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery degree, students are required to recruit pregnant women who consent to the student attending and observing aspects of their care provision in a continuity of care model. Clinical agencies may require students to attend continuity of care experiences as additional to planned professional or clinical placements. Aspects of continuity of care experiences are likely to occur outside business hours.

Further information about placements can be found at

Coursework Enrolment Policy.

Course learning outcomes

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

  • Reflect critically on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia standards for practice, behaviours, ethical frameworks and professional responsibilities of midwives

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

  • Apply primary health care principles and knowledge of social determinants of health to develop and communicate culturally safe strategies to promote and optimise health, welfare and autonomy of childbearing women in Australia with specific reference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families

  • 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 Australia

  • Evaluate and apply established and emerging evidence and concepts in midwifery practice with a woman centred approach

  • Demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability in managing own professional development, and contribute to the professional development of others

Inherent Requirements

Inherent RequirementsInherent requirements are the fundamental abilities, attributes, skills and behaviours needed to complete the learning outcomes of a course while preserving the academic integrity of the university’s learning, assessment and accreditation processes. Students and prospective students must be able to demonstrate that they have acquired or have the ability to acquire the inherent requirements for their degree. For more information refer to Inherent Requirements page.
Reasonable adjustmentsReasonable adjustments may be made to assist students manage additional circumstances impacting on their studies provided these do not change the academic integrity of a degree. Reasonable adjustments do not alter the need to be able to demonstrate the inherent requirements of the course.

Course Structure


NS5131:03 Foundations of Midwifery Practice

NS5132:03 Midwifery Care of Aboriginal 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

NS5201:03 Research Design: Theory and Application

NS5214:03 Professional Midwifery Care

NS5225:03 Care of the “At Risk” Newborn







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

At the discretion of the College Dean, students may be required to undertake a prescribed English language test to ensure that they have an acceptable level of English language proficiency, including at least at the level required to be admitted to the course, to safely participate in professional experience placements.

Professional accreditation requirements

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

Under the National Law, JCU has a responsibility to notify the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) if a student undertaking midwifery practice experience has an impairment that may place the public at risk of harm.

Maximum allowed Pass Conceded (PC) grade


Supplementary exam for final subject

Not applicable



Students may apply for a credit transfer for previous tertiary study or informal and non-formal learning in accordance with the Credit Transfer Procedure.

Maximum allowed

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


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


Credit gained for any subject shall be cancelled 9 years after the date of the examination upon which the credit 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

Annual Tuition Fee: $6,684. (Estimate only)

Student Services and Amenities fee is payable per subject up to a maximum amount per year.

A variety of Scholarships are available to suit different student types.

Consult the admission requirements section in the Handbook for prerequisites and pathways into this course.

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