The Bachelor of Midwifery provides three entry pathways:
- Pre-registration - requires three years of full-time study or the equivalent
part-time in the internal mode of study only
- Registered Nurse Entry - requires one and a half years of full-time study or the equivalent part-time in the external mode of study
- Registered Midwife Entry - requires one year of full-time study or the equivalent part-time in the internal or external modes of study
The course is offered by the College of Nursing and Health Sciences.
Enrolment in the honours program may be offered to a student who meets certain academic criteria and subject to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences being able to provide appropriate resources and staff to supervise the program of study.
Pre-registration: For candidates with no previous formal midwifery qualifications and enrolled nurses seeking registration as a midwife.
Registered Nurses Entry: For candidates who are eligible for registration as a general nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and who hold a current practising certificate. Selected topics may be undertaken in the internal mode of study.
Registered Midwife Entry: For candidates who are eligible for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) and who hold a current practising certificate. This pathway does not lead to eligibility for registration with the NMBA.
The aim of the course is to provide students with the learning opportunities they need to meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) National Competency Standards for the Midwife (2006) and be eligible for registration as a midwife with the NMBA. They will be competent, confident practitioners in all maternity settings able to practise according to the International Definition of a Midwife adopted by the International Confederation of Midwives 2011.
Graduates of this course will be expected to be able to:
- meet the requirements for registration as midwives with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA)
- provide high-quality, safe and effective woman-centred care within different midwifery models, with a focus on the principles of primary health care and continuity of care
- effectively communicate and professionally partner with women, communities and multi-disciplinary teams to promote choice and achieve high-quality maternal and neonatal care
- incorporate critical reflection and well-developed clinical reasoning skills and professional judgement in their practice
- review, critically analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge and skills into practice
- provide professional midwifery care in response to identified psychosocial, environmental, economic, educational, political and cultural factors
- accept responsibility and accountability for career-long learning and continued professional development.
Refer to Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours)