Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Deakin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00113B

The midwife is a primary health care provider and undertakes health assessments throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and time after birth to ensure the health and wellbeing of women and their unborn/new born babies. This role includes referral and collaboration with other health care professionals as well as health promotion and education. As a primary health care provider the midwife has an important role in health counselling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and the community. This involves antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women's health, sexual or reproductive health and childcare. A midwife may practice in any setting including the home, community, hospitals, clinics or health units. Areas of study covered include a review of the anatomy and physiology of human reproduction, pre-conceptual health, conception, embryology, foetal and placental development. Study areas also include anatomy and physiology of pregnancy, signs and symptoms of pregnancy; care of the woman during labour, birth and the time after birth; and complexities of maternal health such as gestational diabetes and hypertensive disorders and related pathophysiology. The care of the healthy newborn baby and the specific requirements of the baby born too early or an unwell full term baby are examined in reference to anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. You will typically be employed in a supervised part-time placement arrangement including a variety of maternity services settings of a collaborating hospital. These arrangements are designed to assist you in meeting all requirements of the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery as well as those of the Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency (AHPRA) of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

Designed for

Registered nurses seeking registration as a midwife


To complete the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery students must attain 8 credit points comprising five core units equalling 6 credit points (these are compulsory) and 2 credit points of elective units (you can choose which ones to study). Both the theoretical and clinical components of the assessment for each unit must be passed to successfully gain an overall pass in this course. Compulsory clinical hurdle requirements form part of the assessment of this course. Recognition of the importance of clinical assessments is calculated in the overall student workload.


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Standard entry requirements

Applicants should possess a Bachelor of Nursing or equivalent and must be nurses registered with the AHPRA. Entry will be based on performance in: Bachelor Degree or higher OR Two years relevant work experience OR Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.


This course is recognised by AHPRA and accredited by the NMBA and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (?ANMAC?).

Study pathways

Graduates of this course may progress to further studies including higher degree by research or other postgraduate coursework programs.

Study information

Campus Fees Entry Mid year intake Attendance
Burwood Domestic: $25,000
International: $33,800
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Further information

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