Bachelor of MidwiferyBachelors Degree
Midwives are responsible for the care of women, babies and their families during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labour, birth and the early infancy period. They provide direct clinical care and support for healthy women and babies and work collaboratively with doctors and other members of a health care team when there are risks or complications.
The Bachelor of Midwifery is specifically designed to develop graduates for entry to professional midwifery practice. The course prepares graduates with skills, knowledge and attitudes to provide high quality woman-centred care through safe and effective midwifery practice in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council National Competency Standards for the Midwife.
Graduates are equipped to apply sound evidence-based reasoning skills to their midwifery practice; work in continuity-of-care models in partnership with women; and collaborate effectively in multidisciplinary teams to promote effective outcomes. The degree aims to produce graduates with the capability, confidence and flexibility to adapt to changes and contribute to innovation in the midwifery profession and the health care system, focusing on women and their needs through a primary health approach.
For further information visit the School of Health and Human Sciences’ midwifery page.
|Course Learning Outcome
Function in accordance with legislation and common law affecting midwifery practice
Assess, plan, provide and evaluate safe and effective midwifery care
Use research to inform midwifery practice.
Consistently demonstrate imaginative and creative responses to intellectual and social challenges and professional practice
Accept accountability and responsibility for own actions within midwifery practice
Base midwifery practice on ethical decision-making
|Knowledge of a discipline
Assess, plan, provide and evaluate safe and effective midwifery care for the woman and/or baby with complex needs
Promote safe and effective midwifery care
Identify personal beliefs and develop these in ways that enhance midwifery practice
Act to enhance the professional development of self and others
|Communication and social skills
Communicate information to facilitate decision-making by the woman
Advocate to protect the rights of women, families and communities in relation to maternity care
Develops effective strategies to implement and support collaborative midwifery practice
Actively support midwifery as a public health strategy
Ensure midwifery practice is culturally safe
Students will be required to undertake supervised placements that will enable them to focus on woman-centred care and provide continuity of care with women across their pregnancies; attend antenatal and postnatal assessments/visits with women; provide direct care to women during labour, assist women during birth; support women and their babies with diverse needs across pregnancy, labour and birth, and the postnatal period, and experience the full scope of midwifery practice.
The course includes studies in:
- Anatomy and physiology
- Midwifery theory and practice
- Primary health care
- Psychosocial sciences
- Women’s health.
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The Bachelor of Midwifery is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and provides the necessary qualification for graduates to be eligible to register and practise as a midwife in Australia.
We encourage you to apply for the courses you most want to study. If you are not eligible to enter your chosen course right now, our team will work with you to find the best pathway option.
Before applying, make sure you double check all entry requirements, gather required documentation and review the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, noting any specifics listed below.
To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Midwifery a candidate shall successfully complete the prescribed number of units as follows:
- applicants admitted under Rule 2 Section 2 of the Rules Relating to Awards, will be required to complete the equivalent of 24 units comprising all units listed in Part A, all units listed in Part B and all units listed in Part C of the Schedule (288 credit points) and complete all clinical placement hours assigned to the units in which they are enrolled.
- registered nurse applicants admitted on the basis of Admission Requirement (a) of the Specific Award Rules, will be required to complete all units listed in Part B of the Schedule of Units attached to these Rules (174 credit points) and complete all clinical placement hours assigned to the units in which they are enrolled.
In addition to Rule 2 Section 10 – Exclusion, students enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery who are reported to the Regulatory Authority for Professional Misconduct will be excluded from the course.
Your course progression is in the recommended order you should complete your course in. It is important that you follow this to ensure you meet the course requirements. For further assistance see How to Enrol in Units using My Enrolment.
Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment.
Health Unit Recommended
|Level of learning
|Research and Evidence Based Practice
|The Australian Health Care System
|Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples
|Primary Health Care Midwifery
|Optimising Health in Childbearing I
|Midwifery Continuity Partnerships A
|Optimising Health in Childbearing II
|Midwifery Continuity Partnerships B
|Optimising Health in Complex Childbearing
|Midwifery Practice in Complex Childbearing
|Midwifery Continuity Partnerships C
|High Acuity Midwifery
|Midwifery Continuity Partnerships in Practice I
|Transition to Registered Midwife
|Food and Nutrition in Health
|Any 1 University Wide Elective (12CP)
|Mental Health and Wellbeing
|Midwifery Continuity Partnerships in Practice II