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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.

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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
  • Semester 1 - 22 Feb 2021
Mode of delivery

Face to Face

Program code: 12200

Study midwifery

Working with women and families, promoting optimal health outcomes for today and future generations.

As a midwife, you will focus on caring for women during their pregnancy, labour, birth and the early postnatal period. You will work in partnership with the woman and her family to achieve the best health outcomes for her and her newborn during the transition to parenthood. This degree will prepare you for midwifery practice through providing direct clinical care and support for childbearing women and their newborns under the supervision of a registered midwife, with an emphasis on woman-centred care and relational continuity with women and practice experiences in all midwifery contexts.

Our Bachelor of Midwifery degree has been developed in partnership with the Hunter New England Area Local Health District and supported by the 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.

Why study with us?

  • Rural clinical placements available – you now have the option to undertake your studies at Manning Education Centre (Taree) and undertake your professional experience in a rural clinical placement location. These locations include Manning Base Hospital, Port Macquarie Hospital and Kempsey Hospital, and you will be allocated at one of these hospitals for the full three years.
  • Be work-ready – students complete a minimum of 1,400 hours of clinical experience throughout their degree.
  • Access to state-of-the-art simulation labs – Students gain extensive hands on experience within state-of-the-art simulation labs which provide you with a safe environment to practice your clinical skills.
  • Professional recognition – upon graduation you are eligible to join a close community of midwives by applying for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA).
  • Flexible delivery – learn with a mix of face-to-face and online activities, with plenty of hands-on experience in clinical settings.
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What you will study

The Bachelor of Midwifery is designed to sequentially build midwifery knowledge and skills. In the first-year, you will study courses in fundamental concepts of the midwifery profession and normal pregnancy and birth psychophysiology.

In the second year, you will expand your knowledge base and learn about women with complex care needs including:

  • Mental health conditions
  • Pregnancy related conditions
  • Pharmacokinetics
  • Pharmacodynamics
  • Care of the unwell newborn
  • Birth emergencies
  • Consultation and collaboration

In the final year, you'll continue to build skills and knowledge and progress to beginner 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 when required, including births, which occur at all hours.

NOTE: This program includes a clinical placement component. All students will be enrolled at Callaghan but will be allocated to a clinical placement venue in the Hunter, Central Coast or Mid North Coast regions. Student are expected to reside within a one hour travel time of their allocated placement venue due to clinical experience requirements. Depending upon their allocated clinical placement venue students will attend classes at either the Callaghan campus (clinical placement venues located in Maitland, Muswellbrook, Singleton, Scone, Newcastle and Gosford) or the Manning Education Centre in Taree (clinical placement venues located in Taree, Port Macquarie and Kempsey).

Advanced study options

An Honours degree equips you with highly sought after and respected skills and knowledge, giving you a competitive advantage.

With increasing competition in all sectors of employment, students who graduate with an Honours degree have a distinct advantage. It is often considered by employers as an added skill and has been used by previous graduates to pursue higher positions and salaries. You can develop and carry out research on a topic of interest, potentially leading to further academic study such as a research degree.

The Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours) is a one-year full-time (or equivalent part-time) degree that allows you to complete a research project exploring a midwifery issue that is relevant to contemporary practice and birthing-women’s needs.

Midwifery (Honours) program handbook

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Master of Midwifery Studies

A postgraduate degree will advance your knowledge and qualifications, giving you a competitive career-edge.  Specialising your midwifery qualifications lets you expand your career options to management, education and consultancy positions.

Grounded in the provision of woman-centered care, UON’s Master of Midwifery Studies is a combination of contemporary theories encompassing a holistic view of midwifery which includes the social, emotional and cultural factors which influencing health and wellbeing.

The program is available to registered midwives and is undertaken over three trimesters (full-time). At the completion of your Master of Midwifery Studies you will have a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and practical application of the midwifery discipline at a high level.

Master of Midwifery Studies

Program plans

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.

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Practical experience

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.

Clinical placement in a hospital

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:

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

Locations


Detailed information on each of the available Clinical Placement locations.

Continuity of care relationships with childbearing women

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.

Career opportunities

Career opportunities

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.

  • Registered Midwife
  • Clinical Midwife Educator
  • Clinical Midwife Specialist
  • Midwife Consultant
  • Midwife Manager
  • Midwife Researcher

Professional recognition

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

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

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).