La Trobe University

Graduate Diploma in Midwifery


Start dates
Semester 1 (February) 2018
1 year full-time
Fees and costs
$23,200 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
Commonwealth Supported Places may also be available.

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 Women’s hospital.

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, Ballarat Base Hospital and Singapore’s KK Women’s and Children’s 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.

Sample course structure

Year 1

Semester 1

Semester 2

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.

Entry requirements


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.

Career outcomes

La Trobe's Graduate Diploma in Midwifery is designed to enable qualified nurses to become registered midwives. You'll be prepared to work in midwifery roles in private and public hospitals, education and government organisations. Our graduates have become midwives in Australia at the Royal Women's Hospital, Monash Medical Centre and Ballarat Base Hospital, as well as overseas at Singapore's KK Women's and Children's Hospital. Some even pursue research and go into academia. We currently have a 100 per cent employment rate for students seeking employment in midwifery.

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.

Fees and costs

Course fees

$23,200 per 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year.
Commonwealth Supported Places may also be available.

Additional costs

There may be additional costs associated with National Police Checks, Working With Children Check, immunisations and with clinical placements.


Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

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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: