Bachelor of Midwifery - Indigenous

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This program is for Indigenous women who want to become registered midwives. It prepares Indigenous students to work as entry-level midwives in any maternity setting focusing on Indigenous women and their families. Students enrol in this midwife course in an 'away-from-base' capacity because they will spend block periods at ACU's Brisbane campus and the remainder with their local community. It teaches students how to: manage normal pregnancy and childbirth; provide effective postnatal, maternal and newborn care; provide safe and reliable care to meet individual physical, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual needs of mothers and promote positive health outcomes for Indigenous women and children in rural and remote locations. The Weemala Indigenous Higher Education Unit (Brisbane) provides social, cultural, personal and academic support for students taking this course, and assists with the coordination of travel, accommodation and meals. Graduates can pursue a range of careers including: midwife, consultant midwife, clinical specialist, pre-natal educator, researcher, family care and child health centre professional.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; QLD Prerequisites: English (4, SA); VIC Prerequisites: Units 3 and 4 - a study score of at least 30 in English (ESL) or 25 in any other English; plus evidence of immunisation; a current CPR certificate; blue card clearance (QLD); Police Check


240 credit points consisting of: 80 cp from Midwifery Foundation Units; 80 cp from Midwifery Theory Units; 60 cp from Midwifery Practice Units; and 20 cp from University Core Curriculum Units. Students will undertake clinical placements as part of a variety of clinical units throughout the course in maternity hospitals and community facilities.

Subjects you can Study:


Study Pathways:

Graduates may progress to postgraduate coursework degrees or research degrees. An Honours year is available to meritorious students who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours).


Eligible graduates can apply for registration as a midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Nursing and Midwifery on AHPRA website.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00004G

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Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 3 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 6 years

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