Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Federation University Australia

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is an innovative program with a strong regional focus. This program is designed to prepare students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills necessary to practice midwifery in a multidisciplinary context and in a variety of settings. Skills for evaluating evidence for best midwifery practice, as well as for development of self, others and the profession, are also features of the program. Students are exposed to a wide variety of perspectives and environments in order to help develop the ability to think critically about the role of the midwife in the maternity care setting. On successful completion of this program students will be eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). 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. 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 rural and regional agencies in Eastern Victoria for Gippsland based students and Western Victoria for Ballarat based students. Note: Subject to ANMAC approval.

Course Fee:

Australian: $31,800

Entry Requirements:

Applicants must provide proof of registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia as a Registered Nurse. A minimum of 12 months clinical practice. Pathway entry into Semester 1: Registered nurse currently on the AHPRA register with a Bachelor of Nursing qualification. Pathway entry into Semester 2: Registered midwife with a Midwifery Certificate wishing to upgrade qualifications to Graduate Diploma of Midwifery.


On campus teaching occurs in residential teaching blocks, with online learning and off campus clinical components dispersed throughout the year. The clinical component is the major focus of learning and comprises 720 hours supernumerary/employment practice located in a range of relevant settings.

Subjects you can Study:


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.


Subject to ANMAC approval. Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Who for:

Registered nurses (Division 1)

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00103D

Related Careers:

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Gippsland (Churchill) No info Yes Full time 1 year
Gippsland (Churchill) No info Yes Part time 2 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No info Yes Full time 1 year
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No info Yes Part time 2 years

Federation University Australia (FedUni) is one of the country’s leading universities, with an enviable reputation for teaching excellence and graduate employment rates.

Headquartered in regional Victoria, with campuses in Ballarat, Gippsland, the Wimmera and Berwick in Melbourne, FedUni’s standing is based on nearly 150 years of education delivery.

A new Berwick Campus caters for the growing south-east Melbourne area, while a new Brisbane Campus and student support centre in Malaysia cater to the international student market.

FedUni embraces the freedom and dynamism that come from being a progressive university with close links to industry, business, communities and technology.

It is also recognised as a welcoming and friendly university, with students drawn from regional centres and metropolitan cities as well as from overseas.

Known for its supportive, inclusive environment, FedUni offers affordable study options (including online), learning assistance to help you stay at uni, small class sizes, friendly staff and accessible academic support. We are also one of few universities that offer free on-campus parking for students.

Our students have the opportunity to stay on campus with a range of residential options. The university places great emphasis on the quality of its teaching and learning, the student experience, and importantly, employability once you have graduated.

As a dual-sector university, we deliver a range of programs through higher education and TAFE, and have the ability to find the right pathway for your success.

Facilities such as the Nanya Environmental Research Station in western New South Wales and the Manufacturing and Industry Skills Centre in central Ballarat anchor the range of programs that FedUni delivers.

The university’s Australian Centre for Research into Injury in Sport and its Prevention (ACRISP) is recognised as Australia’s premier sports injury prevention research centre. It is one of only four such centres worldwide to be selected by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as a member of the IOC Medical Research Network.

FedUni also hosts Australia’s largest regional technology park — accommodating more than 30 companies, including its signature tenant, IBM — where FedUni IT students are engaged in the ‘earn as you learn’ program, earning a wage as part of their studies.

The University’s Arts Academy in Ballarat and the Gippsland Centre for Art and Design are a major provider of performing arts, music theatre and art programs.

The University is constantly adding to its list of programs and courses across its faculties and campuses, with criminology, outdoor environmental education and the nation’s first nature pedagogy course among more recent offerings.

The University’s Gippsland campus offers a range of exciting programs. An easy drive from Melbourne and located within easy walking distance of the town of Churchill, it offers the benefits of a regional lifestyle with city access.

Our Wimmera campus also provides a wide range of programs for students throughout Horsham, Ararat, Stawell and western Victoria.

Other features of our campuses include art galleries, an indoor swimming pool and gym, a golf course and childcare facilities. 

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