Course summary

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.

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.

The course includes studies in:

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Midwifery theory and practice
  • Primary health care
  • Psychosocial sciences
  • Women’s health.

Graduate AttributeCourse Learning Outcome
Intellectual rigour

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.

Creativity

Consistently demonstrate imaginative and creative responses to intellectual and social challenges and professional practice

Ethical 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

Lifelong learning

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

Cultural competence

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. Visit scu.edu.au/healthplacements

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.


Course overview

Course code

3007229

Course abbreviation

BMid

Credit points

288

Equivalent units

24

Duration

3 years full-time; 6 years part-time

Duration

3 years full-time

Availability details

Domestic

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour Session 1 335153 055451
Gold Coast Session 1 335167 055861

Fee information

Commonwealth supported


International

Location Teaching period Annual Fees CRICOS
Coffs Harbour Session 1 $22,160 ($2,770 per unit) 078636G
Gold Coast Session 1 $22,160 ($2,770 per unit) 078636G

Course requirements

See the University’s Rules Relating to Awards, in conjunction with the Specific Award Rules listed below.

To be eligible for the award of Bachelor of Midwifery a candidate shall successfully complete the prescribed number of units as follows:

  1. applicants admitted under Rule 2 Section 2 of the Rules Relating to Awards, will be required to complete the equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points) comprising:
    1. all units listed in Part A; and
    2. all units listed in Part B; and
    3. all units listed in Part C; and
    4. complete all clinical placement hours assigned to the units in which they are enrolled.
  2. registered nurse applicants admitted on the basis of Admission Requirements, clause (a), will be required to complete all units listed in Part B (174 credit points) and complete all clinical placement hours assigned to the units in which they are enrolled. 

Course progressions

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. Assistance on how to enrol can be accessed here.

Students should use course progression information to select units specific to their course and enrol in these units using My Enrolment

Browse uni-wide elective units by selecting Uni-wide elective in the advanced filter of the Unit search

Browse shared majors and their units at Shared majors

Title Level of learning Note
Please refer to Rule 4.1(a) Admission to candidature for admission requirements for this pathway.
Year 1, Session 1
MWF10661 - Midwifery Foundations Introductory
MWF10745 - Primary Health Care Midwifery Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
MWF10746 - Optimising Health in Childbearing I Introductory Note 2
MWF10747 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships A Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory Note 5
Year 2, Session 1
MWF20001 - Optimising Health in Childbearing II Intermediate
MWF20002 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships B Intermediate
Year 2, Session 2
MWF20003 - Optimising Health in Complex Childbearing Advanced
MWF20004 - Midwifery Practice in Complex Childbearing Advanced
MWF20005 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships C Advanced
Year 3, Session 1
MWF30001 - High Acuity Midwifery Advanced Note 2
MWF30002 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships in Practice I Advanced Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
MWF30003 Transition to Registered Midwife

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy Introductory
MWF10745 - Primary Health Care Midwifery Introductory
MWF10661 - Midwifery Foundations Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory Note 5
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
MWF10746 - Optimising Health in Childbearing I Introductory Note 2
MWF10747 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships A Introductory
Year 1, Session 3
MWF10663 - Research and Evidence Based Practice Intermediate Note 5
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory Note 5
Year 2, Session 1
MWF20001 - Optimising Health in Childbearing II Intermediate
MWF20002 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships B Intermediate
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate Note 5
Year 2, Session 2
MWF20003 - Optimising Health in Complex Childbearing Advanced
MWF20004 - Midwifery Practice in Complex Childbearing Advanced
MWF20005 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships C Advanced
Year 2, Session 3
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory Note 5
Year 3, Session 1
MWF30001 - High Acuity Midwifery Advanced Note 2
MWF10681 - Mental Health and Wellbeing Advanced
MWF30002 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships in Practice I Advanced Note 1
Year 3, Session 2
MWF30003 - Transition to Registered Midwife Advanced
MWF30004 - Midwifery Internship Advanced
MWF30005 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships in Practice II Advanced Note 1
Elective (University-wide) Note 5

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 1
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy Introductory
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory Note 5
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory Note 5
Year 2, Session 1
MWF10661 - Midwifery Foundations Introductory
MWF10745 - Primary Health Care Midwifery Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
MWF10746 - Optimising Health in Childbearing I Introductory Note 2
Year 3, Session 1
MWF20001 - Optimising Health in Childbearing II Intermediate
MWF10663 - Research and Evidence Based Practice Intermediate Note 5
Year 3, Session 2
MWF10747 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships A Introductory
Elective (University-wide) Note 5
Year 4, Session 1
MWF20002 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships B Intermediate
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory Note 5
Year 4, Session 2
MWF20003 - Optimising Health in Complex Childbearing Advanced
MWF20004 - Midwifery Practice in Complex Childbearing Advanced
Year 5, Session 1
MWF30001 - High Acuity Midwifery Advanced Note 2
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate Note 5
Year 5, Session 2
MWF20005 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships C Advanced
Year 6, Session 1
MWF10681 - Mental Health and Wellbeing Advanced
MWF30002 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships in Practice I Advanced Note 1
Year 6, Session 2
MWF30004 - Midwifery Internship Advanced
MWF30003 - Transition to Registered Midwife Advanced
MWF30005 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships in Practice II Advanced Note 1

Title Level of learning Note
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory
CUL00408 - Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate Note 5
Year 1, Session 3
CMM10580 - The Australian Health Care System Introductory Note 5
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy Introductory Note 4
PHA00315 - Introductory Pharmacology Introductory Note 5
Year 2, Session 1
MWF10661 - Midwifery Foundations Introductory
MWF10745 - Primary Health Care Midwifery Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
MWF10746 - Optimising Health in Childbearing I Introductory Note 2
MWF10747 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships A Introductory
Year 2, Session 3
NUT00214 - Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory Note 5
Year 3, Session 1
MWF20001 - Optimising Health in Childbearing II Intermediate
MWF20002 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships B Intermediate
MWF10663 - Research and Evidence Based Practice Intermediate Note 5
Year 3, Session 2
MWF20003 - Optimising Health in Complex Childbearing Advanced
MWF20004 - Midwifery Practice in Complex Childbearing Advanced
MWF20005 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships C Advanced
Year 4, Session 1
MWF30001 - High Acuity Midwifery Advanced Note 2
MWF10681 - Mental Health and Wellbeing Advanced
MWF30002 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships in Practice I Advanced Note 1
Year 4, Session 2
MWF30003 - Transition to Registered Midwife Advanced
MWF30004 - Midwifery Internship Advanced
MWF30005 - Midwifery Continuity Partnerships in Practice II Advanced Note 1
Elective (University-wide) Note 5

Title Level of learning Note
Please refer to Rule 4.1(a) Admission to candidature for admission requirements for this pathway.
Students can complete NUT00214 Food and Nutrition in Health in either Session 2 or Session 3. Refer then to the Shortened pathway for RNs for all midwifery units commencing the following year.

Title Level of learning Note
Complete one or both of the units under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement less the completed unit/s.
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory

Notes

Note 1: Half-weighted Unit
Note 2: Double-weighted Unit
Note 3: Health Unit Recommended
Note 4: Intensive Delivery Mode
Note 5: Available in other Years/Sessions - please refer to the Schedule of Units