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

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.
Full course details
Midwifery (Graduate Diploma)Melbourne
Midwifery (Graduate Diploma)Bendigo

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
2014
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 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 in an approved area of midwifery practice.
Fee amount
Indicative course fee for students commencing in 2014: $17,470 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
Mid-year applications are now open for Semester 2 2014, applications close on Friday 4 July. Apply online.

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

You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
Full course 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 and 2 (March and July)
Campus:
Distance education
Melbourne
Year
2014
Course description
This course is ideal for suitably qualified nurses who want to pursue a career in one of the specialisations offered, while undertaking advanced clinical training. You can choose from the following specialisations: acute care, breast care, cancer and palliative care, cardiac care, child, family and community, critical care, emergency care, intensive care, neonatal care, perianaesthetic care, perioperative care, renal care, urology and continence, wound management.

Please note: you have the option to exit early from the degree with either a Graduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma in all specialisations, except child, family and community which has an exit option at Postgraduate Diploma only.

Students who exit the child, family and community specialty at Graduate Diploma level are qualified to practice in the maternal and child health service.

The Graduate Certificate requires completion of two Foundations for Specialty Practice subjects.

The Graduate Diploma requires the completion of certificate subjects plus an additional 60 credit points, which include two core subjects (Clinical Practice Development and Research Foundations),and two advanced practice subjects with elective modules that focus on your chosen career pathway.

The Master's component requires successful completion of the Certificate and Graduate Diploma subjects, and the final 60 credit points as either a clinical project and an independent study unit or minor thesis.

For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions webpage.
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. You must either already be employed in the relevant clinical area or an agency approved by the Course Coordinator, or have applied to the agency to undertake their 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) with at least one year of recent relevant nursing experience. You must supply your degree or diploma from a college or university, or nursing certificate from a hospital-based program. 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 (2014): $17,470 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.

Mid-year entry is available for specialisations in: Acute Care, Critical Care, Emergency Care, Intensive Care, Perioperative Care (Healthscope Industry Credit and Advanced Standing applicants only) Wound Care Management.

For specialisations in Breast Care, Cancer/Palliative Care, Cardiac Care, Neonatal Care, Perianaesthetic Care, Renal Care, Urology & Continence, mid-year entry is only available to applicants with a relevant Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma qualification entering at the Graduate Diploma or Master level.
How to apply
Apply online to start this course in July. You can also ask us a question, visit our FAQ page, chat online with one of our team (9.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday) or call us on 1300 135 045.
Applicants are required to complete a Supplementary Form.
Full course 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

2014

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

Duration :
13 weeks
Semester starts :
January, May
Annual Tuition Fee (A$) :
11 500
Campus
Bendigo
Year
2014
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 the program will lead to registration as a Registered Nurse in Australia and allow you to work as a nurse in Australia.

It consists of twelve modules and addresses contemporary thinking and research about current best practice and evidence based health care and nursing practice. It also focuses on health care in the Australian context, interpersonal communication and teamwork with patients, other nurses and interdisciplinary health care staff. It provides you with nursing knowledge and skills required for the provision of person-centred care and health outcomes, information on roles and responsibilities expected of a Division 1 Registered Nurse in Victoria inclusive of areas around patient care, interdisciplinary practice and risk management.

La Trobe University has agreements with a number of regional clinical venues for high-acuity clinical placements. The primary venues for clinical placements are Bendigo Health and St John of God Hospital, both located in Bendigo. Some clinical placements may be located outside Bendigo. The clinical component of the course consists of five, eight-hour shifts per week for the duration of the clinical period, to 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
You must provide evidence that you have 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) stating that you will be eligible for registration as a registered nurse in Australia upon satisfactory completion of an ANMC-accredited Bridging 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
Some clinical placements may be located outside Bendigo.
Professional recognition
Successful completion of this course leads to registration as a registered nurse with AHPRA/NMBA.

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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