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Bachelor of Midwifery

Bachelors Degree

Course snapshot

Domestic snapshot

  • Course abbreviation

    BMid

  • Course code

    3007229

  • Credit points

    288

  • Equivalent units

    24

  • Indicative Fee


Overview

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.

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.

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.

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. Before applying for this course, it is important that you understand what these requirements are. 

 

The course includes studies in:

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

Location Teaching period UAC code QTAC code
Coffs Harbour Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3 335153 055451
Gold Coast Session 1 , Session 2 , Session 3 335167 055861

Career Outcomes

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.

Requirements

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.

Course requirements

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. 

Entry requirements

English language requirements apply to International applicants and other applicants whose previous study was undertaken in a language other than English. The minimum English language requirements for such applicants for entry to this course are as follows

Language requirements

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 structure

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.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
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

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
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

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
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

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
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

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 -  Human Physiology Introductory
Year 1, Session 3
BIO10662 -  Systemic Anatomy Introductory
CMM10580 -  The Australian Health Care System Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
MWF10661 -  Midwifery Foundations Introductory
MWF10745 -  Primary Health Care Midwifery Introductory
PHA00315 -  Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
Year 2, Session 2
MWF10746 -  Optimising Health in Childbearing I Introductory Note 2
MWF10747 -  Midwifery Continuity Partnerships A Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
MWF20001 -  Optimising Health in Childbearing II Intermediate
MWF20002 -  Midwifery Continuity Partnerships B Intermediate
MWF10663 -  Research and Evidence Based Practice Intermediate
Year 3, Session 2
MWF20003 -  Optimising Health in Complex Childbearing Advanced
MWF20004 -  Midwifery Practice in Complex Childbearing Advanced
MWF20005 -  Midwifery Continuity Partnerships C Advanced
NUT00214 -  Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
Year 4, Session 1
MWF30001 -  High Acuity Midwifery Advanced Note 2
MWF10681 -  Mental Health and Wellbeing Advanced
CUL00408 -  Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
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 3

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
Year 1, Session 1
BIO10662 -  Systemic Anatomy Introductory
MWF10661 -  Midwifery Foundations Introductory
MWF10745 -  Primary Health Care Midwifery Introductory
CMM10580 -  The Australian Health Care System Introductory
Year 1, Session 2
BIO00307 -  Human Physiology Introductory
MWF10746 -  Optimising Health in Childbearing I Introductory Note 2
MWF10747 -  Midwifery Continuity Partnerships A Introductory
Year 2, Session 1
MWF20001 -  Optimising Health in Childbearing II Intermediate
PHA00315 -  Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
MWF10663 -  Research and Evidence Based Practice 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
NUT00214 -  Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory
Year 3, Session 1
MWF30001 -  High Acuity Midwifery Advanced Note 2
MWF10681 -  Mental Health and Wellbeing Advanced
CUL00408 -  Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate
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 3

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
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.

Unit Code Unit Title Available Credit points Level of learning Notes
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

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

Unit Code Unit Title Level of learning Notes

Part A

Interdisciplinary Units
BIO10662 Systemic Anatomy Introductory
BIO00307 Human Physiology Introductory
MWF10663 Research and Evidence Based Practice Intermediate
PHA00315 Introductory Pharmacology Introductory
CMM10580 The Australian Health Care System Introductory
CUL00408 Health and Indigenous Australian Peoples Intermediate

Part B

MWF10661 Midwifery Foundations Introductory
MWF10745 Primary Health Care Midwifery Introductory
MWF10746 Optimising Health in Childbearing I Introductory Note 2
MWF10747 Midwifery Continuity Partnerships A Introductory
MWF20001 Optimising Health in Childbearing II Intermediate
MWF20002 Midwifery Continuity Partnerships B Intermediate
MWF20003 Optimising Health in Complex Childbearing Advanced
MWF20004 Midwifery Practice in Complex Childbearing Advanced
MWF20005 Midwifery Continuity Partnerships C Advanced
MWF30001 High Acuity Midwifery Advanced Note 2
MWF30002 Midwifery Continuity Partnerships in Practice I Advanced Note 1
MWF30003 Transition to Registered Midwife Advanced
NUT00214 Food and Nutrition in Health Introductory

Part C

Any 1 University Wide Elective (12CP)
MWF10681 Mental Health and Wellbeing Advanced
MWF30004 Midwifery Internship Advanced
MWF30005 Midwifery Continuity Partnerships in Practice II Advanced Note 1