Federation University Australia

Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

An innovative course with a strong regional focus. Develop critical thinking skills as well as theoretical and practical knowledge, necessary to practice midwifery in a multidisciplinary context and in a variety of settings.

Designed for

Registered nurses (Division 1)


The program incorporates two models of clinical placements at both the Mt Helen and Gippsland campuses:The Employment model: The health agency employs students and enables students to learn in the workplace while studying to gain their clinical experience. Students are mentored to consolidate their clinical experience. Potential students make applications to both FedUni and an affiliated clinical agency of their choice. You will need to contact the midwifery educator in the facilities that you are interested in, to check the availability of employment positions and the application process for these positions.The Supernumerary model: Students gain clinical experience and expertise through clinical placements in healthcare agencies as supernumerary workforce. Their clinical learning experience is facilitated by clinical educators in the workplace. Learning will take place in a number of metropolitan, rural and regional agencies in Eastern Victoria for Gippsland based students and Western Victoria for Ballarat based students.


  • Introduction to public health
  • Women centred midwifery care
  • Midwifery as a profession
  • Midwifery care for women with complex needs
  • Care of the neonate with increased needs
  • Research methods for evidence based practice
  • Vulnerable population in midwifery practice.

Standard entry requirements

  • Applicants for this program will need to meet the following criteria.Registered Nurse wanting to achieve registration as a midwife:Applicants must be a Registered nurse currently on the AHPRA register with a Bachelor of Nursing qualification, and at least one year's recent post-registration acute medical/surgical nursing experience.Registered Midwife wanting to upgrade their qualification to a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery:Applicants must be a Registered midwife currently on the AHPRA register and who meet the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia recency of practice registration standard. Academic IELTS with an Overall score of 7.0
  • Or equivalent.


ANMAC (Aust. Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council). AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). NMBA (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia).

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Gippsland (Churchill) No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years
Gippsland (Churchill) No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Part-time : 2 years

Fee comments

Campuses: Gippsland (Churchill), Gippsland (Churchill), Mount Helen (Ballarat), Mount Helen (Ballarat).

There are 20 Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) available for those students who are eligible each intake. Non-Commonwealth Supported Places are also available however places per intake will not exceed 20 students in total (both CSP and Non-CSP).

Further information

Extra requirements: Police record check; Working With Children Check (WWCC); Relevant vaccinations with signed declaration of immunisation status. Students should be aware that healthcare organisations recommend all health staff to have relevant vaccinations to protect themselves and their patients/clients. It is recommended that students have relevant vaccinations along with a signed declaration of immunisation status prior to clinical placement. They will be required to undertake a police check (renewed annually) and a Working With Children Check (renewed every five years). This may be required to be presented to an authorised staff member of a healthcare organisation.

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