Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

La Trobe University

This program aims to prepare graduates to practise as entry-level midwives across the spectrum of healthcare contexts and cultural groups. It aims to give graduates the skills to provide direct midwifery care and evaluate the impact of that care, and the capacity to advocate for the women in their care.

Course Fee:

Australian: $23,200

Entry Requirements:

The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree in Nursing (or its equivalent); Applicants must also have current registration as a Division 1 nurse with the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and at least one year's post-registration acute medical/surgical nursing experience. Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation in nursing, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a post-graduate level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience; A place in this program is dependent upon the applicant having a clinical place at an approved clinical midwifery agency in either the metropolitan or regional areas; NB: Meeting


The program includes a combination of block and online modes, and is only available full-time. Students need to do a minimum of 710 hours of clinical placement, which equates to approximately 3 days per week, throughout the year. There are also specific clinical requirements that have to be achieved during this time.

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Further information:

This course commences in early February (Week 8) of each year and runs until December. Clinical placement may extend after this time to ensure all requirements are met. Applicants must apply to the hospital for their clinical placement and apply separately for the course. It is advisable that students are up-to-date with all their immunisations. Current recommendations for practice in Midwifery include: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, influenza, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, tetanus, varicella and TB. Students may have to provide details of their immunisation status for their placement hospital as part of their employment, and some hospitals will not permit commencement without proof of these vaccinations. Students will also need access to a broadband internet connection.


The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates of the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery may be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) as a midwife. Professional registration may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

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