Bachelor of Midwifery

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Bachelor of Midwifery

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1st Jul 2016 9:37pm

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.

ATAR (2016)

Cut-off Median
Callaghan CampusA+CNA
Port MacquarieA+CNA

Assumed Knowledge

HSC English Band 4 or higher, General Mathematics, Biology and/or Chemistry. Computer skills, including word processing, email, web and web searching.

Recommended Studies

HSC Biology and/or Chemistry, General English and General Maths.

Term Type

Semesters

Relevant University rules and policies

Description

Midwives are responsible for the care of women, babies and thier families prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy, labour, birth and the early infancy period. The University of Newcastle has a wholistic approach to midwifery, with an emphasis on health promotion, mental health and clinical practice.

The Bachelor of Midwifery at Newcastle has been developed in partnership with Hunter New England Area Local Health District, Mid North Coast Local Health District, Central Coast Local Health District, Gosford Private Hospital and Newcastle Private Hospital. Our midwifery students are guided and supported by clinicians who are a part of the workforce.

With a mix of face to face and online learning, and plenty of hand on experience, graduates will be ready to commence their career as a midwife at the end of the three year degree.

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration to practice as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (ANMAC) and are eligible to apply for registration with the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).


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Admission Information

Admission Requirements

Admission to this program is available to Australian citizens and residents only. Admission information is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students.

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

Applicants must submit an online application through the Universities Admissions Centre (www.uac.gov.au), ensuring they include the Bachelor of Midwifery - University of Newcastle among their preferences. Applicants may list both or either campus in their preferences:

  • Bachelor of Midwifery – Callaghan (Newcastle) (UAC code 483400)
  • Bachelor of Midwifery – Port Macquarie (UAC code 483410)

Current Australian Year 12 Students:

UAC application is 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. School leavers may also be eligible for bonus points under Year 12 Bonus Scheme and EAS application.

Year 12 Bonus Point Scheme:

  •     Biology (Band 5 - 6) 2 points
  •     English (Advanced) (Band 6) 2 points  OR
  •     English Ext 1 (Band 3 - 4) 4 points OR
  •     English Ext 2 (Band 2 - 4) 4 points
  •     Chemistry (Band 5 - 6) 2 points

The maximum bonus points that can be awarded to any applicant is 12.

Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:UAC application is 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 under the B Midwifery regional and rural preference scheme.

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).

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

Additional Selection Criteria

  • Additional Form - Minimum English Language Proficiency is required for entry to the Bachelor of Midwifery. Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for registration as a practitioner in your discipline within Australia is IELTS 7.0. 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 Proficiency Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html 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 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. 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 Further information regarding additional admission requirements for the Bachelor of Midwifery are available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/degrees/bachelor-of-midwifery/additional-entry-criteria

Assumed Knowledge

HSC English Band 4 or higher, General Mathematics, Biology and/or Chemistry. Computer skills, including word processing, email, web and web searching.

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.


Compulsory Program Requirements

Over the course of the Bachelor of Midwifery program, you will complete 1468 hours in a range of diverse clinical contexts.You will spend between 928 and 1268 hours (over the three year period) in an allocated maternity service in one of the following health facilities: Taree, Scone, Muswellbrook, Singleton, Maitland, John Hunter and Belmont, Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Newcastle Private, Gosford Public or Gosford Private where you will have hands-on experience with women during:

  • the antenatal period
  • labour and birthing
  • the postnatal period

During your midwifery degree, you will also participate in a number of (10-26 depending on the health facility and models of care available) relationship-based, continuity of care experiences with childbearing women. Each relationship equates to approximately 20 hours of interactions. You will have a real-world experience, as an on-call clinician for these women.  The hours for this component of clinical experience ranges from 200 - 540 hours over the three years.

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

    Students must hold a current WorkCover approved 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.

MIDI1101 - Introduction to Midwifery and the Childbearing Woman

MIDI1204 - Midwifery Practice and the Well Women

MIDI2105 - Midwifery Practice and Women with Complex Care Needs

MIDI2204 - Midwifery Practice and Women with Complex Care Needs B

MIDI3105 - Midwifery Practice and Contemporary Maternity Care

MIDI3202 - Transitioning to Professional Midwifery Practice

NURS1101 - Foundations of Professional Practice 1A


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.

The Bachelor of Midwifery degree offered by The University of Newcastle requires completion of 240 units of approved courses with a minimum requirement of:

160 units of core midwifery courses

30 units of core nursing courses

10 units of core foundational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander courses

20 units of core human bioscience courses

10 units of directed courses

10 units of electives


Transition Arrangements

Transition arrangements for Pre-2016 students: Individual assessment will be made to determine the most appropriate course/s in the current structure for students who fall into the following categories:

  • students who study on a part time basis
  • students who have been on leave
  • students who have failed one of more courses
  • students who are not able to complete courses within the propsed schedule for other reasons

This will allow students to complete the Bachelor of Midwifery program and be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Students must contact the Program Convenor for further information and/or assistance.

 


Program Structure

Core Courses

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

HUBS1406Human Bioscience for Nursing and Midwifery
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
HUBS1416Advanced Human Bioscience
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
MIDI1101Introduction to Midwifery and the Childbearing Woman
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
MIDI1203Optimising Psychophysiology for a Health Transition to Parenthood
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
MIDI1204Midwifery Practice and the Well Women
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
NURS1101Foundations of Professional Practice 1A
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Port Macquarie)
20 units
ABOR2500Aboriginal Childbearing
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Port Macquarie)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
MIDI2105Midwifery Practice and Women with Complex Care NeedsNot currently offered20 units
MIDI2106Working Collaboratively with Women with Complex Care Needs (A)Not currently offered10 units
MIDI2107Care of the Newborn with Complex NeedsNot currently offered10 units
MIDI2203Working Collaboratively with Women with Complex Care Needs BNot currently offered10 units
MIDI2204Midwifery Practice and Women with Complex Care Needs BNot currently offered20 units
MIDI3104Contemporary Maternity Care IssuesNot currently offered10 units
MIDI3105Midwifery Practice and Contemporary Maternity CareNot currently offered20 units
MIDI3202Transitioning to Professional Midwifery PracticeNot currently offered20 units
NURS3106Leading, Teaching, Mentoring and Clinical Supervision for Health Professionals
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Port Macquarie)
10 units

Directed Courses

Choose 10 units from the following directed courses

HLSC1200Nutrition 1
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
ABOR2000Foundations of nursing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peopleNot currently offered10 units
HLSC2241Engaging Communities: Cross Disciplinary Perspectives
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan Online)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
NURS2103Mental Health Professional Practice
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2162Health, Social Disadvantage and Substance Abuse
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS2163Complementary Therapies in Healthcare
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
PUBH2020Foundation Studs in Early Childhood Hlth and PolicyNot currently offered10 units
SPSW2002Working with Communities
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
10 units
ABOR3380Human Rights and the World's Indigenous Communities
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan Online)
10 units
NURS3105Supervised Project
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Port Macquarie)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Central Coast)
  • Semester 2 - 2016 (Port Macquarie)
10 units
NURS3109Gender and HealthNot currently offered10 units
SOCA3178Health, Illness and Society
  • Semester 1 - 2016 (Central Coast)
10 units
SOCA3370Madness and SocietyNot currently offered10 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 (Hons) 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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