Bachelor of Midwifery

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Bachelor of Midwifery

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1st Sep 2015 12:54pm

Program Code

12200

AQF Level

Level 7 Bachelor Degree

Locations and UAC Codes

Mode of Delivery

  • Face to Face - Face to face with online components.

Duration

Domestic - 3 years full time.

Assumed Knowledge

English Band 4 or higher; General maths; Biology and/or chemistry.

Recommended Studies

Enabling Study

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

Description

The Bachelor of Midwifery prepares people for practice as midwives in the care of childbearing women and their families.


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

All Candidates must lodge all THREE of the below applications to be eligible to be considered for entry to the Bachelor of Midwifery.

1.       Lodge an application through the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) by October close date.

2.       Apply for and sit the Personal Quality Assessment (PQA)

3.       Lodge a direct application to the University of Newcastle, stating Clinical Placement Preference

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 Australian Year 12 Students:

Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.

Current School Leavers may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) under Year 12 Bonus Scheme and EAS application. The maximum bonus points that can be awarded to any applicant is 12.

Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:

Entry based on:

    Previous Year 12 studies and/or

    Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or

    Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.

 

Current School Leavers and Non School Leavers who reside within the University's Regional and Rural Preference Scheme (RRPS) footprint will receive 4 bonus points.

 

Selection of applicants will be made on the basis of their Personal Qualities Assessment and academic performance (UAC - Tertiary Rank), together with their stated clinical placement preference. Applicants who do not apply through UAC, or do not apply for and sit the PQA or who do not submit a clinical placement preference will be ineligible for consideration for admission.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants apply through UAC and have the opportunity to access the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander entry program which incorporates an interview process considering personal attributes as well as educational qualifications.

Admission is not available to International Applicants (non Australian Citizens/ Residents).

Please refer to the Additional Entry Criteria for further information and application close dates: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-midwifery/additional-entry-criteria

Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements

Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University's English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/about-uon/governance-and-leadership/policy-library/document?RecordNumber=D15/15438

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.

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Additional Form - 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).
  • Examinations - 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

Assumed Knowledge

English Band 4 or higher; General maths; Biology and/or chemistry.

Computer skills - word processing, email, web, web searching.


Credit Transfer

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 the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.

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.


Compulsory Program Requirements

Over the course of the Bachelor of Midwifery program, students will complete 1210 hours.  Students are required to undertake 430 hours of continuity of care experience in relationship with childbearing women and up to 780 hours of clinical experience in maternity units and community health settings.

Post-admission Requirements

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. For more information please visit www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placement
  • Senior First Aid Certificate

Compulsory Program Requirements - Review of Progress

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.

MIDI1202 - Midwifery Clinical Practice 1

MIDI2103 - Midwifery Clinical Practice 2

MIDI2201 - Consultative and Collaborative Care 2

MIDI3103 - The Midwife and Contemporary Maternity Care

MIDI3201 - Transition to Professonal Practice

NURS1102 - Primary Health Care


Professional Recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (under AHPRA)

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).


Academic Requirements for Program Completion

Total Units required

240 units

Program Duration

3 years full time up to 6 years maximum.

Program Requirements

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.


Program Structure

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program

HUBS1406Human Bioscience for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
HUBS1416Advanced Human Bioscience
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
MIDI1201Introduction to Midwifery and Psychophysiology
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
MIDI1202Midwifery Clinical Practice 1
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS1101Foundations of Professional Practice 1A
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
NURS1102Primary Health Care
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
ABOR2500Aboriginal Childbearing
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
MIDI2101Optimising Psychophysiology in the Childbearing Year
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
MIDI2102Consultative and Collaborative Care 1
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
MIDI2103Midwifery Clinical Practice 2
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
MIDI2201Consultative and Collaborative Care 2
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
MIDI2202Evidence Informed Health Care
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2103Mental Health Professional Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
MIDI3102Issues in the Childbearing Year
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
MIDI3103The Midwife and Contemporary Maternity Care
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3106Leading, Teaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision for Health Professionals
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3108Care of the Compromised Neonate
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3201Transition to Professional Practice
  • Semester 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)
20 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

HLSC1200Nutrition 1
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
PUBH1020Foundations of Early Childhood Health and Well-Being
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA1010Society and Culture: A Sociological Introduction
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA1040Constructions of Childhood, the Family and Society
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
HLSC2241Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
NURS2162Health, Social Disadvantage and Substance Abuse
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2163Complementary Therapies in Healthcare
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
SOCA2102Sociology of Childbirth and Midwifery
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
SOCS2300Ethical Debates in the Social Sciences
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SPSW2002Working with Communities
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Callaghan)
10 units
NURS3105Supervised Project
  • Semester 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 Society
  • Semester 2 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA3370Madness and Society
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2015 (Central Coast)
10 units

Electives

Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

10 units

Honours

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.


Program Learning Outcomes

  • The graduate midwife has sound knowledge of and practices within legislation and common law in accordance with the endorsed code of ethics and professional standards
  • The graduate midwife has the ability and skills to analyse and reflect in, on and about practice.
  • The graduate midwife practises within a woman-centred, primary healthcare framework and is committed to seeing midwifery as a public health strategy
  • The graduate midwife will be able to provide safe and effective midwifery care within any practice context.

Additional Information

All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.


International Students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.


Special Needs

Students with a disability 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. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.

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 information.

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.

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