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Diploma in Midwife


Diploma in Midwife (2 Years)

Course overview

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is designed for registered nurses seeking registration as a midwife. They are required to successfully complete the sequence of core units of study (equivalent to eight credit points).

Professional recognition

On successful completion of this course, students will be awarded the qualification of Graduate Diploma of Midwifery. This course has been designed to enable eligibility to apply for endorsement as a midwife through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
Career opportunities?
The midwife is recognized as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labor and the postpartum period to conduct births and provide care for the newborn and the infant. The midwife has an important task in health counselling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and the community. This work involves antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and childcare. A midwife may practice in any setting, including the home, community, hospitals, clinics or health units.
Employment opportunities for have never been greater due to the current shortage of qualified midwife both locally and overseas. Throughout your course you will develop the knowledge and skills that make you highly employable within the specialist field of midwifery.

Course rules

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery comprises eight credit points of study, including five core units (6 credit points) plus 2 credit points of electives.
Both the theoretical and clinical components of the assessment for each unit must be passed in order to successfully gain an overall pass in this course. Compulsory clinical hurdles form part of the assessment of this course. Recognition of the importance of clinical assessments is calculated in the overall student workload.
Note: Failure of a compulsory practicum in a unit will normally lead to exclusion

Course structure

Year 1

Trimester 1 (Commencing February)

HNM701 The Woman During Pregnancy, Labour and Birth *
HNM702 The Woman and Newborn Infant *

Trimester 2

HNM703 Contexts of Midwifery Practice *
HNM704 Clinical Challenges in Maternity Care *

plus one elective unit Year 2

Trimester 1

HNM705 Clinical Challenges in Infant Care *
plus one elective unit
* Classes are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and are video-conferences to other venues. Online learning
resources are used for independent study, class delivery and discussions.