Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
This program prepares people for practice as midwives providing direct health care and support for childbearing women and their babies. It has an emphasis on health promotion, mental health and clinical practice in all midwifery contexts. Registered midwives support students in each area. There is a mix of both face-to-face and online learning to ensure students are able to be with childbearing women when required (including births which occur at all hours). Students will learn to be responsible for the care of women, babies and their families during pregnancy, labour, birth and the early infancy period. They work collaboratively with medical colleagues and other members of the health care team when the woman's health deviates from normal.
- The Bachelor of Midwifery involves 3 years of full-time study, which includes clinical experience. There are 2 forms of clinical experience
- one involves clinical placement hours within maternity service environments and the other involves students participating in relationship-based, continuity of care experiences (CCE) with childbearing women throughout the antenatal, labour and birthing, and postnatal periods. Each relationship equates to approximately 20 hours of interactions. Students have real-world experiences, as an on-call clinician for these women. Clinical experience hours equate to approximately 1,400 hours over the three years of the program.
- Human bioscience
- Mental health conditions
- Care of the unwell newborn
- Pregnancy related conditions
Standard entry requirements
- Year 12 or equivalent
- Assumed knowledge: English Band 4 or higher, General Mathematics, Biology and Chemistry
- Meet NSW Ministry of Health placement verification requirements
Our degree is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduates are eligible to apply for registration with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
Credit transfer will be considered on a case by case basis except where there is an agreed pathway. Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) is available to students who achieve the required grade-point average in the Bachelor of Midwifery.
This degree requires students to participate in clinical placements in NSW health facilities, and as such there is a requirement to meet NSW Ministry of Health placement verification requirements. These requirements may include criminal record checks, screening and immunisations. Students are expected to comply with these requirements prior to undertaking clinical placements. The Bachelor of Midwifery degree is both demanding and rewarding. The award of this program degree depends on the student satisfactorily completing and passing all academic and clinical components.