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.

As a La Trobe graduate you may be eligible for our 10% Alumni Advantage when you apply for a full-fee postgraduate coursework program.

Career opportunities

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

Courses

Local students

2016 - apply now

Master of Midwifery

Duration :
2 years part-time. Full-time may be available in consultation with the course coordinator.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Distance education
Melbourne
Year
2016
About this course
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
$20,550 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 in Semester 2, 2016. You also need to submit a supplementary form [DOC 913KB] with your application. Applications close 8th July 2016.

To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.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 and 2 (February and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2016
About this course
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
$20,550 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
You can also apply now if you have a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in any of the following specialisations: Acute Care, Cancer Care, Cardiac Care, Child, Family and Community, Critical Care, Emergency Care, Intensive Care, Neonatal Care, Perianaesthetic Care, Perioperative Care, Renal Care, Urological and Continence or Wound Management.

You may be eligible for institutional credit - please contact us 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 in Semester 2, 2016 for one of the following streams: Acute Care, Critical Care, Emergency Care, Intensive Care or Neonatal Special Care.

Applicants applying for one of the following streams: Cancer Care, Cardiac Care, Neonatal Care, Perianaesthetic Care, Perioperative Care, Urology & Continence and Wound Management for mid-year 2016 entry must have completed a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma. Applicants for the Child, Family & Community stream must have completed a Graduate Diploma.

You also need to submit a supplementary form [PDF 848KB] with your application. Applications close 8th July 2016.


To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:
- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Nursing (Master)Melbourne

2017

Graduate Diploma in Midwifery

Duration :
1 year full-time
Semester starts :
See additional information
Campus:
Bendigo
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
We've taught midwifery for 40 years and we've used this experience to create an innovative curriculum that lets you work with our industry partners and apply what you learn in real-life situations.

If you're an experienced nurse, this Graduate Diploma in Midwifery is designed to enable you to train and register as a midwife.

The course will allow you to apply what you learn about every stage of the maternity experience continuum to provide safe maternity care. You'll also learn how to critically evaluate available evidence to inform best practice.

Our research in midwifery was rated as being well above world standard by the Australian Government's most recent 'Excellence in Research for Australia' evaluation. Our staff are highly skilled and experienced midwives who will help you refine your advanced clinical practice skills.

We have partnerships with leading Victorian hospitals and healthcare organisations, such as Northern Health, Mercy Health and The Royal Womens hospital.

Our graduates have gone on to become midwives in leading hospitals and medical centres in Australia and overseas. These include the Royal Womens Hospital, Monash Medical Centre, Ballarat Base Hospital and Singapores KK Womens and Childrens Hospital. We currently have a 100 per cent employment rate for graduates seeking employment in midwifery.

The course is studied full-time for one year, with teaching conducted at either our Bendigo or Melbourne Campus.

You can apply to register as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia when you finish this course.
Professional recognition
On completion you'll be eligible to apply for registration as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
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
$22,500 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
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.Midwifery (Graduate Diploma)Melbourne
Midwifery (Graduate Diploma)Bendigo

Master of Midwifery

Duration :
2 years part-time. Full-time may be available in consultation with the course coordinator.
Semester starts :
Semester 1 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Distance education
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
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
$22,500 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
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
0Melbourne

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 and 2 (February and July)
Campus:
Melbourne
Year
2017
About this course
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
$22,500 per 120 credit points.
Additional information
You may be eligible for institutional credit - please contact us 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
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. To find out more about this course and studying at La Trobe:

- ask us a question
- book a one-on-one consultation
- chat online
- visit our FAQ page
- connect with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram
- call us on 1300 135 045.
See Student Handbook for more details
NB: The Handbook contains detailed information about courses, including course structures, designed primarily for students enrolled at La Trobe University.
1Melbourne

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.

You may be eligible for a Postgraduate Excellence Scholarship, which offers a 20% reduction on postgraduate course fees.

International students

2017

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

Duration :
13 weeks
Semester starts :
See additional information
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
13 500
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2017
About this course
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
IELTS Requirements - Overall score of 7.0 with no band less than 7.0 for the IRON program at La Trobe
OET Requirement - Minimum scores of all B
Please check the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's 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.
Additional information
Semesters start in January and June.
Professional recognition
Successful completion of this course leads to registration as a registered nurse with AHPRA/NMBA.
How to apply
Applications for 2017 will open later this year. Please 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.

About the academic staff

You'll get to meet a large number of academics during your course, from tutors through to lecturers. You can view all the staff from the College of Science, Health and Engineering or focus on staff in Midwifery.