Course summary

Midwives are responsible for the care of women and babies 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.

Pathway for Registered Nurses: In accordance with the admission requirements, a Registered Nurse (RN) only needs to complete the midwifery specific units, (60% of the total course, mostly part-time) in order to complete the Bachelor of Midwifery. Students do not begin midwifery placements until session 2 of year 1, but are thereafter in practice continuously except for the University break at the end of the year. Students may be able to negotiate to meet their practice requirements either partly or fully whilst in paid employment as a RN midwifery student.

For further information about midwifery, visit the School of Health and Human Sciences’ midwifery page.

Midwives are responsible for the care of women and babies 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.

Pathway for Registered Nurses: In accordance with the admission requirements, a Registered Nurse (RN) only needs to complete the midwifery specific units, (60% of the total course, mostly part-time) in order to complete the Bachelor of Midwifery. Students do not begin midwifery placements until session 2 of year 1, but are thereafter in practice continuously except for the University break at the end of the year. Students may be able to negotiate to meet their practice requirements either partly or fully whilst in paid employment as a RN midwifery student.

For further information about midwifery, visit the School of Health and Human Sciences’ midwifery page.

Studies include:

  • 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 are required to undertake about 1,000 hours of supervised placements that will enable them to focus on woman-centred care and provide continuity-of-care with women throughout 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.

Please be aware labour and birth can be unpredictable and occur at any time of the day or night. Therefore the continuity-of-care component in the program requires you to be ‘on call’. The professional experience rostered placement may occur ‘away’ from your campus and place of residence. Students are responsible for any cost incurred for travel and accommodation.

Professional experience placements require students to fulfil certain pre-requisites prior to attending any placements (e.g. a working with children check and National Police Certificate). Prior to applying for this course, please consider the important information regarding these requirements.

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.

Further training is required to work as a privately practising midwife.


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 $24,080 ($3,010 per unit) 078636G
Gold Coast Session 1 $24,080 ($3,010 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 equivalent of 24 units (288 credit points) comprising all units listed in Part A, all units listed in Part B and all units listed in Part C and complete all clinical placement hours assigned to the units in which they are enrolled.

Registered nurse applicants admitted under Admission Requirement (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.

Professional Experience Learning

This course includes professional experience learning. Pre-requisites to meet national and state-based regulatory requirements, as detailed on School of Health and Human Sciences Professional Experience page must be met prior to attending professional experience placement. All professional experience learning hours must be completed and professional behaviour and conduct must be demonstrated.

Inherent Requirements

Inherent Requirements apply to this course as defined on the Student Access & Inclusion website. If you have a disability or health condition which may impact on your ability to meet these requirements please refer to the Student Access & Inclusion website for further information and contact details.


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
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
MWF30003 - Transition to Registered Midwife Advanced
MWF30004 - Midwifery Internship 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
Complete one or both of the units under Session 3 below and then follow the Course Progression for Session 1 Commencement excluding the completed unit/s.
Session 3
BIO10662 - Systemic Anatomy Introductory
BIO00307 - Human Physiology Introductory

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
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.

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