Midwives are the primary maternity care providers in Australia, providing care, support and advice to women during pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatally. They play an important role in the promotion of normal birth which includes screening, assessments, detection of complications and providing emergency care to both mother and baby in collaboration with other health professionals. Midwives have a significant role in health education such as family planning, preparing for birth, parenting and infant care.
Focusing on contemporary theory and practical experience, you will apply your skills through clinical placements from your first year.
External students residing in the regional catchment area of south east South Australia are able to attend compulsory on campus intensive workshops at the Mount Gambier campus . Staff from the City East Campus will travel to Mount Gambier to conduct these intensive workshops.
Nursing study pathway
High achieving students with a competition grade point average (GPA) who wish to qualify as both a registered midwife and a registered nurse may be given the opportunity to undertake the Bachelor of Midwifery with a linked Bachelor of Nursing program pathway comprising four years of full-time study.
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Registered Nurses (RNs) entering the Bachelor of Midwifery program will be granted 54 units of credit and will be able to complete the program in two years.
Under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (South Australia), all students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant National Board. The registration process is undertaken by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) with the University providing notification to AHPRA following a student’s enrolment in the program. No fee applies for student registration.