Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Federation University Australia

Take the next step in your career. The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is an innovative program with a strong regional focus. This program is designed to prepare you 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. You 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 you 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. 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.

Course Fee:

Australian: $6,566
International: $27,400

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.


Residential schools: Students are required to attend two compulsory residential schools per semester at either the Mt Helen or Churchill campus. Full-time students are required to attend 5 days for each residential school, with part-time students attending 3 days per week in year 1, and 2 days per week in year 2. Residential schools are held at the beginning and mid-way through each semester. Dates will be advised with letter of enrolment. Clinical placement: Full-time students are required to complete a minimum of 360 hours per semester, this may be as a block of full-time placement or flexible placement of 2-3 shifts per week. Part-time students will complete a minimum of 200 hours of placement per semester in year 1, and 160 hours per semester in year 2. All students are required to commit time to engaging women in continuity of care experiences (further information below under the `industry experience' tab). All students are required to commit time to engaging women in continuity of care experiences.

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.


ANMAC (Aust. Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council). AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). NMBA (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
Mount Helen (Ballarat) No info Yes Part time 2 years
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

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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