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.
As a midwife, you will work in partnership with women and their families through pregnancy, labour and birth and the early parenting period. You will work alongside women and families to achieve the best health outcomes for mothers and their babies. Our Midwifery programs have been co-designed with industry partners, consumers, past and present midwifery students to ensure midwifery at the University of Newcastle reflects contemporary midwifery knowledge and practice. Our programs have a strong research inspired theoretical basis to preparestudents for midwifery professional experience placement. Midwifery recognises that people have diverse gender identities, and the terms pregnant person and parent can be used to avoid gendering birth however women around the world are marginalised and oppressed so the University of Newcastle, Midwifery programs have a focus on woman-centred care in alignment wit hthe National Standards for the Midwife and the International Confederation of Midwives definition of a midwife.Accreditation is pending approval from Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).
Program learning outcomes
On successful completion of the program students will have:
- sound knowledge of and practice within legislation and common law in accordance with the endorsed code of ethics and professional standards for midwifery
- the ability and skills to analyse and reflect in, on and about practice
- the capability to practise within a woman-centred, primary healthcare framework and be committed to seeing midwifery as a public health strategy
- the ability to provide safe and effective midwifery care within any practice context
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Admission to this program is available to Australian citizens and residents only.
Current Australian Year 12 Students:
Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on Selection Rank or equivalent. During the admission process adjustment factors may be applied to your Selection Rank. Find out if you are eligible.
Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:
Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:
- Previous Year 12 studies and/or
- Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or
- Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Applicants:
Apply for entry through UAC. You have the opportunity to access the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Admission Scheme 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
All Applicants 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 here.
Applicants for this program must satisfy a minimum English Language Proficiency Standard equivalent to an IELTS overall minimum of 7.0 with no subtest result below 7.0.
Before being considered for admission to the Bachelor of Midwifery, the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council requires all applicants to demonstrate a high level of English language proficiency. To do this, applicants must do one of the following:
- Declare that:
- English is your primary language (ie the language you primarily use for reading, writing, listening and speaking and the language you know best and are most comfortable with)
- before the program start date you will have completed six years of schooling in English - including at least two years of secondary school in English - in one of the following countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, United States, Canada, Republic of Ireland, United Kingdom. All the requirements for schooling are on the UAC website.
- Undertake an English language proficiency test accepted for entry to the Bachelor of Midwifery no more than two years before the program start date. You will need to achieve specified minimum results. Minimum test results are outlined in the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy.
- Declare that you are currently registered as an enrolled nurse, registered nurse or registered midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency - Nursing and Midwifery (AHPRA).
Upon graduation and application for registration as a midwife in Australia, you will also need to meet the English language skills registration standard of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
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, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.
The Recognition of Prior Learning practice for the Bachelor of Midwifery will be in line with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
Compulsory program requirements
Students should also be aware that they may be required to undertake midwifery professional experience placement and/or classes outside normal semester dates.
Bachelor of Midwifery (Hunter Placement)
If you choose this option you will be undertaking your on campus studies at the Callaghan Campus, Newcastle and you will be placed at one of the following hospitals for your entire midwifery professional placement over the three year program (except in the instance of a short term voluntary rural/metropolitan/international exchange).
- John Hunter Hospital
- Maitland Hospital
- Newcastle Private Hospital
Bachelor of Midwifery (Central Coast Placement)
If you choose this option you will be undertaking your on campus studies ta the Central Coast Clinical School, Gosford and you will be placed at one of the following hospitals for your entire midwifery professional placement over the three year program (except in the instance of a short term voluntary rural/metropolitan/international exchange).
- Gosford Public Hospital
- North Gosford Private Hospital
Bachelor of Midwifery (Mid-North Coast Placement)
If you choose this option you will be undertaking your on campus studies at the Manning Education Centre at Taree and you will be placed at one of the following hospitals for your entire midwifery professional placement over the three year program (except in the instance of a short term voluntary rural/metropolitan/international exchange).
- Kempsey District Hospital
- Manning Base Hospital, Taree
- Port Macquarie Hospital
The Bachelor of Midwifery is offered with both full-time and part-ime pathways.
Midwifery education and midwifery professional practice require students to be committed to study and professional practice that can be mentally and physically demanding. Students will engage in simulated practice in specially designed simulation laboratories and will conduct emotional, social and physical examinations of childbearing women on midwifery placement under the supervision of a midwife/obstetrician. Students engage in peer learning on campus and virtually.
Students will complete a minimum of 1104 hours of midwifery professional experience placement that includes:
- Midwifery Professional Experience Placement in an allocated hospital with hands-on experience during the antenatal period, labour and birthing, and the postnatal period.
- Continuity of Care Experiences (CCE) where students develop relationships with childbearing women - a minimum of 10 relationship-based experiences as the on-call clinician for expectant mothers (minimum 200 hours).
Further hours may be required in order to complete minimum requirements for registration and may be completed as rostered hours or continuity of care experiences.
NSW Health Verification Requirements
Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met. For more information please visit www.newcastle.edu.au/health-medicine-placement.
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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
MIDI1207 - Midwifery Professional Experience 2
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
Academic requirements for program completion
Total units required
3 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.
This is a 240 unit undergraduate program with online and face to face components. Students are required to undertake the 240 units of core courses.
The Bachelor of Midwifery program offered by the University of Newcastle requires the completion of 240 units of approved courses with a minimum requirement of:
- 200 units of core midwifery courses;
- 20 units of core human bioscience courses;
- 10 units of core pharmacology courses; and
- 10 units of core foundational Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander courses.
Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.
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Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.
|Code||Title||Term / Location||Units|
|HUBS1406||Human Bioscience for Nursing and Midwifery||10 units|
|HUBS1416||Advanced Human Bioscience||10 units|
|MIDI1101||Introduction to Midwifery and the Childbearing Woman||10 units|
|MIDI1105||Midwife: ‘With woman’||10 units|
|MIDI1106||Women in pregnancy||10 units|
|MIDI1203||Optimising Psychophysiology for a Healthy Transition to Parenthood||10 units|
|MIDI1205||Women in labour||10 units|
|MIDI1207||Midwifery Professional Experience 2||20 units|
|HUBS2203||Introductory Pharmacology||10 units|
|INDH2510||Foundations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Midwifery Care||10 units|
|MIDI2105||Midwifery Practice and Women with Complex Care Needs||20 units|
|MIDI2106||Working Collaboratively with Women with Complex Care Needs (A)||10 units|
|MIDI2107||Care of the Newborn with Complex Needs||10 units|
|MIDI2203||Working Collaboratively with Women with Complex Care Needs B||10 units|
|MIDI2204||Midwifery Practice and Women with Complex Care Needs B||20 units|
|MIDI3105||Midwifery Practice and Contemporary Maternity Care||20 units|
|MIDI3202||Transitioning to Professional Midwifery Practice||20 units|
|MIDI3206||Perinatal Mental Health||Not currently offered||10 units|
|MIDI3207||Midwifery Futures||Not currently offered||10 units|
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.
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.
AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the College or School to ensure that this happens 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. More information is available online.
Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or an audio/visual impairment will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such a disability to contact the College to discuss the issue.
The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.