Bachelor of Midwifery - Indigenous

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00004G

This midwifery course is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who want to become registered midwives. As with the Bachelor of Midwifery, this course prepares Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to work as entry-level midwives in any maternity setting - focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families. Students will enrol in this midwifery course in an 'away-from-base' capacity. The 'away-from-base' mode enables students to live and work in their local community while studying and attending four residentials of one week each in Brisbane throughout the year. The students will also engage with a minimum of ten women to follow their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care journey called their Continuity of Care Experiences (CCE). This experience involves the student recruiting the woman in early pregnancy and attending appointments throughout. If possible, the student attends the labour and birth and follows the woman after discharge home up to six weeks following birth.The Bachelor of Midwifery (Indigenous) degree will teach you how to: manage normal pregnancy and childbirth; provide effective postnatal, maternal and newborn care; provide safe and reliable care that meets the individual psychological, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of mothers; promote positive health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children in rural and remote locations.

Structure

240 credit points. Students will undertake clinical placements at maternity hospitals and community facilities across Australia. The first clinical placement begins in the first year of the program. Our clinical partners are very important to us and range from small maternity units to large tertiary hospitals. In Queensland partners include the Mater Health Service, St Vincent's Private Hospital and Redcliffe Hospital. There are many more partners including rural health services where students experience placement.

Subjects

  • Midwifery

Standard entry requirements

  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • QLD Prerequisites: English (4, SA).

Recognition

Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Midwives on the AHPRA website.

Study pathways

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours). The Faculty of Health Sciences also offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees with specialties including mental health, clinical education, health administration as well as leadership and management in health care.

Further information

Graduates can pursue a range of careers including: midwife, consultant midwife, special care nurseries, clinical specialist, pre-natal educator, researcher, family care and child health centre professional.

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