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By enrolling in La Trobe's Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, you’ll expand on your experience as a nurse, gain valuable clinical practice in maternity care, before stepping into one of the most rewarding careers in healthcare.

In your first year, core subjects offer fundamentals in pregnancy and birth. The course teaches you about every stage of the maternity experience, ensuring the best maternity care, from prenatal to postnatal.

This Graduate Diploma gives you opportunities to apply your learning in a supportive environment. Our staff are highly-skilled midwives, and we've drawn on their experience to develop an innovative curriculum that lets you work in real-life situations.

In fact, around three days per week will be spent on placement during the course with leading Victorian hospitals and healthcare organisations. Placements not only convert your academic knowledge into practical skills, they expand your professional network and potential recruitment opportunities.

La Trobe’s reputation for leading-edge research in midwifery means, in an ever-changing field, you’ll be graduating with the most up-to-date skills and knowledge. Our research in midwifery was rated ‘well-above world standard’ by the Australian Government's most recent 'Excellence in Research for Australia' ratings.

The course is full-time for one year, with teaching conducted at either our Melbourne or Bendigo Campuses. Our timetable also offers some online and block study options.

Career opportunities

Employment prospects for Midwives are strong. According to Department of Employment data published in May 2016, there’s a shortage of qualified, skilled and experienced midwives in Victoria. The data also shows there’s a very high demand for midwives in regional areas. Now is the time to upgrade your skills to take advantage of this trend.

Our graduates have gone on to become midwives in leading hospitals and medical centres in Australia and overseas. These include the Royal Women’s Hospital, Monash Medical Centre and Ballarat Base Hospital.

Besides hospitals, graduates can practice in many other settings including obstetric clinics, home births or health units, and private or self-employed practice.

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Kate Dawson is the Course Coordinator for the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery Staff profile

Kate Dawson

Lecturer in Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery
College of Science, Health and Engineering

Kate Dawson is a La Trobe Alumni multiple times over, starting with a Bachelor of Science, then a Bachelor of Nursing and a postgraduate course in midwifery.

After working as a midwife from 2001 in a diversity of midwifery models, Kate decided a few years ago that it was time to return to La Trobe to continue her education journey.

“I worked as a midwife for a long time and a few years ago I decided I needed to diversify so I did a Diploma of Education, again at La Trobe.” From there, Kate has progressed to her current role as the Course Coordinator for the Graduate Diploma of  Midwifery where she draws from her extensive industry experiences to design real world relevant course material.

Course details for local students

Graduate Diploma in Midwifery

Course offer year:
2017
Semester starts:
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Fees amount:
$22,500 per 120 credit points. Commonwealth Supported Places may also be available.
Campus:
Bendigo; Melbourne
Duration:
1 year full-time
Prerequisites:
The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree in Nursing (or its equivalent). Applicants must also have current registration as a Division 1 nurse with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and at least one year's post-registration acute medical/surgical nursing experience. Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation in nursing, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a post-graduate level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience. A place in this program is dependent upon the applicant having a clinical place at an approved clinical midwifery agency in either the metropolitan or regional areas. NB: Meeting minimum prerequisites does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.
Professional recognition:
The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery may be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as a midwife. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.
Additional costs (other than health insurance):
There may be additional costs associated with National Police Checks, Working With Children Check, immunisations and with clinical placements.
Additional information:
This course commences in early February (Week 8) of each year and runs until December. Clinical placement may extend after this time to ensure all requirements are met. Applicants must apply to the hospital for their clinical placement and apply separately for the course. It is advisable that you are up-to-date with all your immunisations. Current recommendations for practice in Midwifery include: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, tetanus, varicella and TB. You may have to provide details of your immunisation status for your placement hospital as part of your employment, and some hospitals will not permit your commencement without proof of these vaccinations. You will also need access to a broadband internet connection.
See Student Handbook for more details:

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus:

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Midwifery fundamentals, pregnancy and birth
  • Foundations for midwifery practice A

Semester 2

  • Foundations for midwifery practice B
  • Care of the neonate with special needs
  • Research foundations

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By enrolling in La Trobe's Graduate Diploma in Midwifery, you’ll expand on your experience as a nurse, gain valuable clinical practice in maternity care, before stepping into one of the most rewarding careers in healthcare.

In your first year, core subjects offer fundamentals in pregnancy and birth. The course teaches you about every stage of the maternity experience, ensuring the best maternity care, from prenatal to postnatal.

This Graduate Diploma gives you opportunities to apply your learning in a supportive environment. Our staff are highly-skilled midwives, and we've drawn on their experience to develop an innovative curriculum that lets you work in real-life situations.

In fact, around three days per week will be spent on placement during the course with leading Victorian hospitals and healthcare organisations. Placements not only convert your academic knowledge into practical skills, they expand your professional network and potential recruitment opportunities.

La Trobe’s reputation for leading-edge research in midwifery means, in an ever-changing field, you’ll be graduating with the most up-to-date skills and knowledge. Our research in midwifery was rated ‘well-above world standard’ by the Australian Government's most recent 'Excellence in Research for Australia' ratings.

The course is full-time for one year, with teaching conducted at either our Melbourne or Bendigo Campuses. Our timetable also offers some online and block study options.

Career opportunities

Employment prospects for Midwives are strong. According to Department of Employment data published in May 2016, there’s a shortage of qualified, skilled and experienced midwives in Victoria. The data also shows there’s a very high demand for midwives in regional areas. Now is the time to upgrade your skills to take advantage of this trend.

Our graduates have gone on to become midwives in leading hospitals and medical centres in Australia and overseas. These include the Royal Women’s Hospital, Monash Medical Centre and Ballarat Base Hospital.

Besides hospitals, graduates can practice in many other settings including obstetric clinics, home births or health units, and private or self-employed practice.

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Kate Dawson

Lecturer in Midwifery
School of Nursing and Midwifery
College of Science, Health and Engineering

Kate Dawson is a La Trobe Alumni multiple times over, starting with a Bachelor of Science, then a Bachelor of Nursing and a postgraduate course in midwifery.

After working as a midwife from 2001 in a diversity of midwifery models, Kate decided a few years ago that it was time to return to La Trobe to continue her education journey.

“I worked as a midwife for a long time and a few years ago I decided I needed to diversify so I did a Diploma of Education, again at La Trobe.” From there, Kate has progressed to her current role as the Course Coordinator for the Graduate Diploma of  Midwifery where she draws from her extensive industry experiences to design real world relevant course material.

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Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

  • Academic Integrity Module (online)
  • Midwifery fundamentals, pregnancy and birth
  • Foundations for midwifery practice A

Semester 2

  • Foundations for midwifery practice B
  • Care of the neonate with special needs
  • Research foundations

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