Campuses and locations
The University of Newcastle is a multi-campus institution offering programs in a number of locations.
Admission to our undergraduate degree programs usually requires successful completion of a senior secondary school qualification similar to the Higher School Certificate (HSC), the highest educational award in New South Wales schools.
Face to Face
3 years full-time.
Working with women and families, promoting optimal health outcomes for today and future generations.
Midwives are responsible for the care of women, babies and their families prior to pregnancy, during pregnancy, labour, birth and the early infancy period. The University of Newcastle has a holistic approach to the study of midwifery, with an emphasis on health promotion and clinical practice.
Our Bachelor of Midwifery is a degree that has been developed in partnership with Hunter New England Area Local Health District and supported by Hunter New England Local Health District, Mid North Coast Local Health District, Central Coast Local Health District, Gosford Private Hospital and Newcastle Private Hospital. These close relationships mean that the learning experiences of our midwifery students are guided and supported by clinicians who are a part of the workforce.
The Bachelor of Midwifery degree is designed to sequentially build midwifery knowledge and skills. In the first-year, students study courses in fundamental concepts of the midwifery profession and normal pregnancy and birth psychophysiology.
In the second year, students expand their knowledge base and learn about women with complex care needs including:
In the final year, students continue to build skills and knowledge and progress to beginning level practitioners consolidating clinical skills and integrating research into practice.
A mix of both face-to-face and online learning is provided to ensure you are able to be with childbearing women during your practical experience.
Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.
These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.
Midwifery at the University of Newcastle gives you the opportunity to obtain approximately 1,400 hours of clinical experience in a maternity service environment.
There are two forms of clinical practice that you will participate in; clinical placement in a hospital and continuity of care relationships with childbearing women.
You will spend a minimum of 880 hours (over the three year period) in an allocated hospital in one of the health facilities listed below.
You will have hands-on experience with women during:
Detailed information on each of the available Clinical Placement locations.
During your midwifery degree, you will also participate in a minimum of 10 relationship-based, continuity of care experiences (CCE) 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 experiences totals a minimum of 200 hours over the three years.
The remaining 320 hours will be spent in further CCE relationships OR additional allocated hospital experiences, depending on your allocated clinical placement venue and the models of care available.
By studying midwifery at the University of Newcastle you have excellent chances of securing employment after you finish. In 2018, 94% of our midwifery graduates were employed within four months of completing their degree1.
The Bachelor of Midwifery is a specialised program that qualifies graduates to become registered midwives in Australia. Below is a list of the typical job titles for Midwifery graduates, including advanced roles that will require further study and experience beyond the undergraduate Midwifery qualifications.
Not everyone uses their degree in the same way and the transferable skills gained through university study may allow graduates to pursue a range of careers that might not be directly linked to their study. Below is a sample list of job titles that might be suitable for graduates with the skills gained upon completion of the Bachelor of Midwifery.
Some of these jobs will depend upon the amount and level of study undertaken, level of experience, and the combination of other majors and electives studied, for example some may require further study.
Source: 1 Quality Indicators of Learning and Teaching 2018
Graduates are eligible to apply for registration to practise as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (ANMAC).
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).