Midwifery

midwife and babyWhy study Midwifery?

Our postgraduate coursework programs are for those with a nursing degree and experience who want to specialise in midwifery, and for qualified midwives who want advanced training to qualify as a maternal and child health nurse or neonatal intensive care nurse. Develop the knowledge and skills to be an expert clinical practitioner.

Career opportunities

Graduates are prepared for careers in the health care industry, education and government.

Courses

Local students

2014 - apply now

Graduate Diploma in Midwifery

Duration :
1 year full-time
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus:
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This course aims to prepare graduates to practise as entry-level midwives across the wide spectrum of healthcare contexts and cultural groups. It aims to give you the skills necessary to provide direct midwifery care and evaluate the impact of that care, and the capacity to advocate for the women in your care. Please note the course will only be conducted in 2014 if sufficient enrolments are achieved.
Professional recognition
Graduates are able to register to practise as midwives with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Prerequisite
A three-year Bachelor's degree in nursing, or international equivalent, and 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.

Applicants must also have a clinical place at an approved clinical midwifery agency in either the metropolitan or regional area before the start of the course.
Fee amount
Indicative (2013): $16,640 per 120 credit points.
Commonwealth Supported Places also available.
Costs
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.
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in July. Please ensure you also provide all supplementary information required.

Please complete the Midwifery Supplementary Form .

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Midwifery (Graduate Diploma)Melbourne
Midwifery (Graduate Diploma)Bendigo

2015

Graduate Diploma in Midwifery

Duration :
1 year full-time
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus:
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
This course aims to prepare graduates to practise as entry-level midwives across the wide spectrum of healthcare contexts and cultural groups. It aims to give you the skills necessary to provide direct midwifery care and evaluate the impact of that care, and the capacity to advocate for the women in your care. Please note the course will only be conducted in 2014 if sufficient enrolments are achieved.
Professional recognition
Graduates are able to register to practise as midwives with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Prerequisite
A three-year Bachelor's degree or diploma in nursing, or international equivalent, and 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.

Applicants must also have a clinical place at an approved clinical midwifery agency in either the metropolitan or regional area before the start of the course.
Fee amount
Indicative (2015): $18,510 per 120 credit points
Commonwealth Supported Places may also be available.
Costs
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.
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in 2015. Applications close Friday 28 November 2014.

Please complete the Supplementary Form.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
Please complete the Midwifery Supplementary Form .
See Student Handbook for more details

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Master of Midwifery

Duration :
1 year full-time or 2 - 3 years part-time
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Distance education
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
This course aims to prepare midwives to undertake an advanced practice role and provides them with sound research training.

Please note the course will only be conducted if sufficient enrolments are achieved.
Prerequisite
Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery Science or equivalent, with minimum B grade average, and Division 1 and Midwifery (dual current registration) or Midwifery current registration as a midwife with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Applicants must also have at least one year's recent clinical practice in midwifery and be employed by a clinical agency in an approved area of midwifery practice.
Please contact the course coordinator if you need further information on these requirements.
Fee amount
Indicative (2015): $19,210 per 120 credit points
Costs
Federal Police check - A$15 to A$43, Immunisations - approximately A$500, Working with Children Check - A$77. Accommodation for any clinical placements may vary according to the venue and location.
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in 2015. Applications close 30 January 2015.

You must also complete our Supplementary Form outlining previous studies and experience.

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Midwifery (Master)Melbourne

Master of Nursing

Duration :
1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent, except for child, family and community (2 years full-time or part-time equivalent)
Semester starts :
Semester 1 (February)
Campus:
Distance education
Melbourne
Year
2015
Course description
Our Master of Nursing helps registered nurses build their careers through qualifying in one of our 14 specialisations. The degree is flexible and easily accessible for working nurses through online study. You'll need to work at a hospital that focuses on your specialisation subject (like intensive or renal care) so that you can do advanced clinical training on site.

You'll do some subjects wholly online, so broadband internet access is essential for taking part in this degree. Depending on your specialisation, you may also have face-to-face study days at La Trobe or at one of our affiliated hospitals.

Many of our teaching staff are clinical nurses in demanding areas like emergency care, cardiac and intensive care, so you'll get high quality training you can apply directly into your practice.

In each specialisation you'll study the latest evidence-based research developments, undertake advanced clinical studies, study both theory and clinical practice, explore the physiological, psychosocial, ethical and rehabilitation aspects of care, and take part in supervised clinical practice.

You also have the option to take an early exit from the Master of Nursing and get awarded with a Graduate Certificate or a Graduate Diploma.
Prerequisite
You must be a Division 1 Registered Nurse and hold a current practising certificate with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) or equivalent international body. You must also have at least one year of recent relevant nursing experience, a degree or diploma from a college or university, or nursing certificate from a hospital-based program. You must either already be employed in the relevant clinical specialist area or an agency approved by the Course Coordinator, or have applied to the agency to undertake your clinical placement at the time of applying for the course. In the latter case, an offer into the course will be conditional upon confirmation of the clinical placement.

Applicants for the child, family and community clinical specialisation must also have APHRA registration to practise as a midwife (and at least one year's experience post-registration in midwifery). Although you are encouraged to organise your own clinical placement, clinical practicum in the Maternal and Child Health Service will be arranged by the University, through negotiation with the student and local government agencies.

Some subjects are delivered online. Internet access is an essential requirement of this course.
Fee amount
Indicative (2015): $19,210 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
You may be eligible for institutional credit - please contact the Faculty for more information.

Depending on your choice of specialisation, you'll study via our flexible online delivery mode and/or in-person at one of our affiliated hospitals. For most subjects, the online learning modules are supported by a limited number of on-campus workshop days (or equivalent online virtual classrooms) with location dependent on specialisation. All online subjects require broadband internet access.
How to apply
Apply now to start this course in March 2015. Some specialisations may commence before this date.

You'll also need to complete the nursing Supplementary Form. outlining previous studies and experience.

If you're applying for the Child, Family and Community specialisation must also complete the following Supplementary Form.


You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page or chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday). Or call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
Nursing (Master)Melbourne
Nursing (Master)Distance education

How to apply?

Methods of application vary from course to course. Please see the course entry above for details of how to apply for the course you are interested in.

Fees and scholarships

Some postgraduate courses are fee-paying which means that you pay the full cost of the course (FEE-HELP is available). Others offer Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) – where the Commonwealth Government subsidises the cost of your course and you pay a contribution (HECS-HELP is available).

Students enrolled for certain postgraduate coursework programs may be eligible for student income support.

International students

2015

Initial Registration for Overseas Nurses (IRON Program) (068287G )

Duration :
13 weeks
Semester starts :
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Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
12 500
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2015
Course description
Suitably qualified, internationally-registered nurses with approval from the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA), are eligible to undertake this 13 week, non-award program. Successful completion of IRON will lead to registration as a Registered Nurse in Australia.

In this program students will build on their theoretical and skill based knowledge of nursing in preparation to transition into the Australian nursing workforce. Students will have learning experiences that incorporate contemporary healthcare research, evidenced based educational approaches and identified societal needs. IRON will provide the students with an understanding of healthcare in Australian context with the opportunity for reflection of contemporary and emerging thinking about evidence based nursing practice.
Areas of study include: legal and ethical accountability, culturally appropriate care, an introduction to the Australian healthcare system and communication.


The primary venues for clinical placements are Bendigo Health and St John of God Hospital, both located in Bendigo. The clinical component of the course consists of five, eight-hour shifts per week for the duration of the professional placement period required by the student to demonstrate competence, with a maximum of 400 hours.
English Language Requirements
Applicants must provide evidence of an IELTS score of 7.0 overall with at least 7.0 in all components of the test, or pass an OET with A or B only in each of the four components.

Please check the NMBA website
for the latest requirements
Academic entry requirements
Potential students must provide evidence of current registration as a registered nurse in a country other than Australia, a letter (valid for the duration of the program) from the Australian Health Professionals Regulation Agency (AHPRA) confirming eligibility for registration as a registered nurse in Australia upon satisfactory completion of an ANMC-accredited Program, and meet the registration standard for English Language proficiency (an IELTS of 7 overall with no band lower than 7 or Pass the OET with a minimum B grade in all bands achieved at the one sitting).
Additional information
This course will be offered in May 2015.
Professional recognition
Successful completion of this course leads to registration as a registered nurse with AHPRA/NMBA.
How to apply
Apply now or ask us a question if you need more help. You can also call us on +61 3 9627 4805.

How to apply?

Enquire now about any course for international students or find out how to apply.

Fees and scholarships

Estimated fees for international students are indicated for each course above. Fees are indicative only and set at 120 credit points per course, unless otherwise stated, and may vary depending on the number of credit points in which students enrol. Some courses may vary in credit point load and fees will be adjusted accordingly.

There is also a range of scholarships available for international students to assist students.

Your study experience

Midwifery placements

Clinical placements are an important part of our courses and you must complete the requisite number of hours.

Overseas study opportunities

You may be eligible for our student exchange program.

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