About the School

We have a proud history as one of the early pioneers in nursing education in Australia. Nursing and midwifery are global occupations and our courses address national and international contexts.

Study options

The School of Nursing and Midwifery at La Trobe is one of the oldest tertiary nursing schools in Australia and offers education programs including Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Research Higher Degrees and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programs.

You will receive practical training in our clinical schools at large metropolitan hospitals and in a broad range of community and mental health settings.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible for registration as a Registered Nurse and/or Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Clinical Schools

A clinical school is a dedicated teaching space set up by the university within hospitals. Professional placements are an important part of our courses and all students will experience learning in different clinical settings. Placements are arranged with our Clinical School partners.

La Trobe has dedicated teaching spaces at The Alfred Hospital, Austin Hospital, Melbourne Clinical School, Northern Health, and the Gerontic clinical school at the Bundoora Extended Care Centre as part of the La Trobe Academic and Research Network.

We also have very close links with a number of affiliate hospitals and health care organisations including Albury-Wodonga Private Hospital, Royal District Nursing Service, Goulburn Valley Health and Mercy Hospital for Women.

Alfred Health Academic Research Network and Clinical School of Nursing

The Alfred Health Clinical School allows the combination of resources of academic and clinical practice fields into an entity which transcends both, and provides unprecedented opportunities to integrate the full range of activities. It encourages the exchange of ideas and provides a continuum between theoretical concepts and clinical practice at all LEVELs.

The broad objectives of the Clinical School are to:

  • Promote interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration in health care delivery and research.
  • Establish a reputation as a leader in research.
  • Establish a leading centre for honours and postgraduate research.
  • Establish a centre of excellence for undergraduate and postgraduate education in nursing and allied health.
  • Develop clinical consultancies around areas of clinical practice.

Northern Health Academic Research Network and Clinical School of Nursing

The clinical school of nursing as part of the La Trobe University/Northern Health Academic Research Network is a clinical site partnership to provide world-class research, teaching and clinical supervision in nursing that builds on, extends and integrates the best available research evidence and influential nursing theory with contemporary clinical nursing excellence across health service specialties.

The Clinical School of Nursing at Northern Health is part of the interdisciplinary Northern Health Academic Research Network located in the recently opened Northern Centre of Health, Education and Research adjacent to the Northern Hospital. This means being located in one of the most significant growth corridors of Melbourne, with a population estimated to grow by approximately 64% by 2031.

The clinical partner Northern Health is among Victoria's busiest public health services, with acute and sub-acute health services covering a population of about 728,000 people. The education and research strategy for Northern Health aims to modify existing models for patient-centred care, clinical research, education, governance, ethics and interdisciplinary cooperation to deliver optimum outcomes for staff, patients and the local community.

The  La Trobe University/Northern Health Academic Research Network prioritises an integration of education and research, innovative learning and translational research with a particular focus on the four strategic areas of aged care, chronic disease, social  determinants of health and care, as well as women's and children's health.

This Northern Health Academic Research Network is a strong partnership with ample opportunities for staff and students to develop high-level clinical nursing skills, as well as nurturing research and teaching skills in translational collaboration with clinicians, senior academics and consumers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. The collaborative and hardworking team at the Northern Health Academic Research Network conducts influential research in the areas of ageing, cognitive impairment and person-centred care, stroke care, wellness and supportive care.

Contact: Prof David Edvardsson

Austin Health Academic Research Network, Clinical School of Nursing

The clinical school of nursing as part of the La Trobe University/Austin Health Academic Research Network is a well-established clinical site partnership to provide world-class research, teaching and clinical supervision in nursing that builds on, extends and integrates the best available research evidence and influential nursing theory with contemporary clinical nursing excellence across health service specialties.

The Clinical School of Nursing at La Trobe University/Austin Health Academic Research Network is located in the heart of the Austin Hospital, which includes over 560 acute beds, a unique teaching, training and research precinct including a teaching space and laboratory on each level of the Austin Hospital Tower. The whole of Austin Health operates approximately 980 beds across acute, sub-acute and mental health with a 2011-12 operating budget of > $700 million.

Austin Health is an internationally recognised leader in clinical teaching and training, and is renowned for its research and specialist work in cancer, liver transplantation, spinal cord injuries, neurology, endocrinology, mental health and rehabilitation. This La Trobe University/Austin Health Academic Research Network is a successful partnership with ample opportunities to develop high-level clinical nursing skills, as well as nurture research and teaching skills in translational collaboration with clinicians, senior academics and consumers from a range of backgrounds and disciplines. The collaborative and hardworking team at the La Trobe University/Austin Health Academic Research Network conducts high-impact research in the areas of ageing, cognitive impairment and person-centred care, wellness and supportive care, cardiology and cardiac care, urology and advanced practice nursing models and associated outcomes.

Contact: Prof David Edvardsson