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Doctorate (PhD)

Albury-Wodonga, Mildura, City Campus, Shepparton, Melbourne, Bendigo
You will graduate from this degree as a midwife who is qualified to provide leadership in advanced clinical, management, research and academic aspects of the provision of health services.You will possess a unique blend of abilities stemming from clinical experience, rigorous intellectual development...
Duration
3 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
75.80%

Short course or microcredential

Parramatta
The Australian College of Nursing’s (ACN) National Immunisation Program for Healthcare Practitioners course is based on the National Immunisation Education Framework for Health Professionals (2017) and has been accredited by the ANMAC subsidiary Health Education Services Australia (HESA) to deliver this course. HESA is the National body for health education accreditation and ACN is the first institution to have its Immunisation course accredited.
Duration
Flexible, self-paced (a minimum of 21 days up to a maximum of 120 days)
Study Mode
Online

Masters (Coursework)

Perth
The WA Department of Health offers Nursing and Midwifery scholarships to help cover the cost of course fees. To learn more about eligibility criteria and the scholarships available, please visit the WA Department of Health website.
Duration
2 years full-time
Study Mode
In person
International Tuition Fees
$5,000 per year / $26,605 total
Graduate Satisfaction
74.00%

Graduate Diploma

Sydney, Fremantle, Broome
Are you a registered nurse with one year of experience and a desire to become a midwife? The University of Notre Dame Australia's 18-month full-time postgraduate qualification will give you the confidence to embark on a career where woman-centred care is a priority.
Entry Requirements

The following entry requirements apply to this program:

  • A bachelor degree in nursing or the equivalent and registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
  • Registered nurses who do not have a level 7 AQF qualification in nursing may be admitted with an alternative mode of entry assessment and recent clinical nursing experience.
Duration
1.5 years full-time
Graduate Satisfaction
85.80%

Masters (Coursework)

Canberra
Breathe new life into your career with midwifery If you are a Registered Nurse currently registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and wish to pursue a career in midwifery, this two-year full-time or part-time equivalent course will open up a whole world of exciting new...
Duration
2 years full-time
Domestic Tuition Fees
$19,500 per year / $39,000 total
International Tuition Fees
$30,500 per year / $61,000 total

Graduate Certificate

Canberra
Bring your career to life with midwifery If you have previously been registered as a midwife in Australia or have been out of the workforce for between five and ten years, this one-year part-time degree will lead to registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
Duration
0.5 year full-time
Domestic Tuition Fees
$19,500 per year / $19,500 total

Graduate Diploma

Parramatta South
The Graduate Diploma in Midwifery is a 14 month program for registered nurses who wish to pursue a career in midwifery.
Intake Months
Jan
Duration
14 months full-time
Study Mode
In person
Graduate Satisfaction
76.10%

Graduate Diploma

Melbourne, Bendigo
The Graduate Diploma in Midwifery is a one-year full-time, 150 credit point award, with teaching conducted at either the Bendigo or Melbourne (Bundoora) campuses.It is designed to enable appropriately qualified and experienced nurses to undertake studies in midwifery.
Intake Months
Feb
Duration
1 year full-time
Study Mode
In person
Domestic Tuition Fees
$35,250 per year / $35,250 total
Graduate Satisfaction
75.80%

Midwifery Courses overview

Midwifery is the discipline of caring for pregnant women before, during and after birth. It is a specialisation of nursing that demands further postgraduate study in order to attain proper accreditation and knowledge for the role. Although obstetricians take care of childbirth in hospitals, there are countless areas of the world where midwives are crucially important.

This field has been a necessity for as long as women have been giving birth. Laws concerning its recognition have been discovered as early as 1900 BCE in Ancient Egypt, with early laws concerning its legitimacy as a profession appearing much later in 15th century France. Prior to the 20th century, women had to personally give birth to be considered qualified. This is no longer a necessity to the relief of male midwives.

The world still has need of this profession despite the advent of hospitals and obstetricians, making it a fulfilling and in-demand career. Postgraduate study in this field is a great way to deepen existing knowledge of midwifery for the benefit of expecting women worldwide.

Is midwifery for me?

Patient students who empathise with the difficulty of pregnancy can seek a fulfilling career as a midwife. Postgraduate study in the field is perfect for those who want a recognised qualification to go with their nursing degree, or extend their existing capabilities as a midwife. If you’re compassionate, knowledgeable and a diligent nurse, you could be one qualification away from being an excellent midwife.

Study pathway

Postgraduate midwifery tends to require a background in nursing to commence, as all courses at all levels require extensive prerequisite knowledge. Qualifications range from graduate certificate to master level, the latter being slightly more uncommon.

The Graduate Certificate in Midwifery and similar programs tend to be aimed at existing midwives wishing to deepen their understanding of the field. The rendition of this course offered by Flinders University is an example of this, requiring applicants to already be registered midwives. These courses take six months to complete if taken full time, or a year if part time.

The Graduate Diploma in Midwifery is aimed at nurses wishing to specialise, making it ideal for aspiring midwives rather than those already qualified. Courses like those from Curtin University come with the added bonus of being government funded. These tend to take one year if undergone full time, or two years if part time.

Master level midwifery courses are slightly harder to find, but are still offered by institutions like James Cook University. These courses are similar to graduate certificates in that they require students to be midwives already at the time of enrolling. These courses tend to take a year and a half to complete full time, with potential to complete the degree even faster depending on prior relevant postgraduate study such as the Graduate Diploma in Midwifery.

Employment options

Infertility specialist

Midwives are valuable for educating women on fertility issues they might experience and treatments available. IVF Australia employs nurses with midwifery qualifications for this specific purpose, making it a valid career path for midwives.

Teen pregnancy specialist

The particularly difficult waters of teen pregnancy are well-suited to a midwife. Teenagers have different physiology to adults; being able to navigate those differences while remaining true to one’s training is a highly useful skill. Best Beginnings is a company formed to address this specific issue, employing midwives specifically for managing teen pregnancies.

High risk carer

It is an unfortunate fact of life that some infants aren’t given a fair chance. Midwives in this line of employment serve the important role of managing and interpreting the risks of complicated pregnancies.

Specialisations

Midwives can serve a variety of similar but specialised roles. A few of these include:

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