Bachelor of Midwifery

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Faculty of Health and Medicine

Program Code

12200

Graduate Level

Undergraduate

UAC Code

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Mode of delivery

Face to face with online components.

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Description (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

The Bachelor of Midwifery is an AQF level 7 Bachelor program which prepares people for practice as midwives in the care of childbearing women and their families.


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All students can now enrol in an undergraduate Diploma in Languages alongside their main degree program. This diploma will enhance proficiency in another language or languages, and will increase international career opportunities. Subject to course availability, this additional program will generally add an extra year to studies, and students will graduate with a Diploma in Languages as well as their other degree. Please note that all language courses are held on campus (face to face) at Callaghan.


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1. Apply directly through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) by October close date:

Students must apply through UAC - www.uac.edu.au and include either Bachelor of Midwifery - Callaghan (UAC code 483400) or Port Macquarie (UAC code 483410) among your preferences.

Current School Leavers receive 4 bonus points under the University's Regional and Rural Preference Scheme (RRPS) based on the school attended being within the designated footprint. Current School Leavers and Non School Leavers who reside within the University's RRPS footprint will receive 4 bonus points, in addition to any points received by Current School Leavers under the RRPS. Some applicants may also be eligible for bonus points under Year 12 Bonus Scheme and EAS application. The maximum bonus points that can be awarded to any applicant is 12.

2. Register to attend a Personal Qualities Assessment (PQA):

The Personal Quality Assessment (PQA) is an online test designed to assess a range of personal qualities. Details can be found at http://www.pqa.net.au/

PQA fee is $75* per applicant. *Subject to change

3. Apply directly to the University of Newcastle (UON) – clinical placement preference nomination: Complete a direct application form nominating your preference for clinical placement location. The clinical placement venue is dependent upon the applicant’s preferred campus of study (Callaghan or Port Macquarie).

Selection of applicants will be made on the basis of their PQA and academic performance, together with their stated clinical placement preference. Applicants who do not apply and sit the PQA or who do not submit a clinical placement preference will be ineligible for consideration for admission.

Indigenous applicants will be invited to interview according to the University's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Entry Program.

Students who completed their education in a non-English speaking country must have an IELTS of 7.0 on admission in line with University policy.


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The Bachelor of Midwifery is based on some assumed knowledge:

English Band 4 or higher

General maths

Biology and/or chemistry.


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Additional Selection Criteria:
  • Students must meet NSW Ministry of Health verification requirements to attend clinical placements in this program. For information on these requirements please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placement

    Students must hold a current WorkCover approved Senior First Aid Certificate by the beginning of Semester 2 of Year 1.


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The Recognition of Prior Learning practice for the Bachelor of Midwifery will be in line with Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia requirements, i.e. students will be given recognition of prior learning based on having completed units of study that are 80% equivalent in terms of content and objectives.

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to new program go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on How to apply for credit.Credit limits apply.


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Bachelor of Midwifery Honours is available as an additional one-year full-time program or equivalent part-time. Candidates for Honours are selected on the basis of academic achievement.


Practical Experience (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students are required to undertake 430 hours of continuity of care experience in relationship with childbearing women and 704 hours of placement in maternity units and community health settings.


Professional Accreditation (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Graduates of this program are eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, under the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme administered by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


International Students (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

This program is not available to International students.


Special Needs (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)Back to top

Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a audio/visual impairment will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such a disability to contact the Faculty to discuss the issue.

Students with disabilities who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more info.


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All students are required to have completed the Academic Integrity Module available in Blackboard. The module is to be completed by the end of week 4 of the student's first semester of enrolment. Grades will not be released until this module is completed.


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This is a 240 unit undergraduate program with online and face to face components. Students are required to undertake 220 units of Core Courses, 10 units of Directed Courses and 10 units of Electives. The maximum completion time for this program is six years.

This program is available via full-time study only.


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Back to topYear 1 (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
HUBS1406Human Bioscience for Nursing and MidwiferySemester 110 units
NURS1101Foundations of Professional Practice 1ASemester 120 units
NURS1102Primary Health CareSemester 110 units
HUBS1416Advanced Human BioscienceSemester 210 units
MIDI1201Introduction to Midwifery and Psychophysiology

Prior successful completion of NUR1101. Meet NSW Health Verification Requirements.WorkCover First Aid Certificate.

Semester 220 units
MIDI1202Midwifery Clinical Practice 1

Prior successful completion of NURS1101. Meet NSW Health Verification Requirements, WorkCover First Aid Certificate.

Semester 210 units
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
MIDI2101Optimising Psychophysiology in the Childbearing Year

Prior successful completion of MIDI1201 and MIDI1202.

Semester 110 units
MIDI2102Consultative and Collaborative Care 1

Prior successful completion of MIDI1201 and MIDI1202. Meet NSW Health Verification Requirements, PED, First Aid Certicate.

Semester 110 units
MIDI2103Midwifery Clinical Practice 2

Prior successful completion of MIDI1201 and MIDI1202.

Semester 110 units
NURS2103Mental Health Professional Practice

Prior successful completion of MIDI1201 and MIDI1202.

Semester 110 units
ABOR2500Aboriginal ChildbearingSemester 210 units
MIDI2201Consultative and Collaborative Care 2

Prior successful completion of MIDI1201 and MIDI1202.

Semester 220 units
MIDI2202Evidence Informed Health CareSemester 210 units
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Core Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
MIDI3102Issues in the Childbearing Year

Prior successful completion of HUBS1406, HUBS1416, NURS1101, NURS1102, MIDI2101, MIDI2102, MIDI2103 and MIDI2201.

Semester 110 units
MIDI3103The Midwife and Contemporary Maternity Care

Prior successful completion of HUBS1406, HUBS1416, NURS1101, NURS1102, MIDI2101, MIDI2102, MIDI2103 and MIDI2201.

Semester 110 units
NURS3108Care of the Compromised NeonateSemester 110 units
MIDI3201Transition to Professonal Practice

Completed HUBS1406,HUBS1416,NURS1101,NURS1102,MIDI1201,MIDI1202,MIDI2101,MIDI2102,MIDI2103,NURS2103,MIDI2201,MIDI2202,ABOR2500,NUSR3108,MIDI3102,MIDI3103,NURS3106. NSW Health Verification requirements

Semester 220 units
NURS3106Leading, Teaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision for Health ProfessionalsSemester 210 units
Directed Courses (Click to hide)(Section detail has been hidden from print)
Choose 10 units from the following Directed Courses.
HLSC1200Nutrition 1Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
SOCA1010Society and Culture: A Sociological IntroductionSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA1040Constructions of Childhood, the Family and SocietySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
HLSC2241Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary PerspectivesSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
NURS2162Health, Social Disadvantage and Substance AbuseSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2163Complementary Therapies in HealthcareSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
PUBH2020Foundations of Child Health & Well-BeingNot currently offered10 units
SOCA2102Sociology of Childbirth and MidwiferySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)10 units
SOCS2300Ethical Debates in the Social SciencesSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SPSW2002Working with CommunitiesSemester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)10 units
NURS3105Supervised ProjectSemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
SOCA3178Health, Illness and SocietySemester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)10 units
SOCA3370Madness and SocietySemester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
Electives
Elective 1Choose 10 units outside core or compulsory courses for this program.Semester 210 units