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Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery

Graduation requirements

To graduate and be eligible for registration as a midwife, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points comprising six compulsory subjects and completion of a concurrent 12 month midwifery practice (four days per week) component undertaken during enrolment in the course.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

What is this course about?

The Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery combines theory and practice in a hands-on one-year distance education course aimed at allowing registered nurses in all midwifery settings (both rural and urban) to remain in their communities while achieving their midwifery qualification.

Charles Sturt University has many years of experience in educating midwifery students to the level that is required for registration as midwives with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Nursing and Midwifery Board.

The midwifery course at Charles Sturt University commenced in 1990 after concern was raised by local maternity services about decreasing numbers of midwives in rural NSW. The course has grown to a eight-subject Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery, with over 50 hospitals approved to have midwifery students in ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

The CSU Postgraduate Diploma model is unique. It has been designed to allow registered nurses to work in a maternity unit for the duration of the course in midwifery practice while studying the theoretical component by distance education. Students only work in midwifery, rather than care for general patients, during their midwifery practice hours. Upon successful completion of the two components (midwifery practice and academic study), students are eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the AHPRA Nursing and Midwifery Board.

Study by distance education provides opportunities for rural students to remain in their communities and achieve a midwifery qualification. The program is also increasingly utilised by urban students in city hospitals.

Registered midwives who wish to gain a Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery can also enter this program and will not need to complete any practical component or to attend residential schools.

Application process

It is the responsibility of any Registered Nurse wishing to undertake this course to become a Registered Midwife to first seek employment as a midwifery student in a hospital with an accredited maternity unit. Application processes differ depending on where you wish to undertake your midwifery practice placement.

If you wish to be employed as a midwifery student in a NSW public hospital, you must apply between early July and early August in the year prior to which you wish to enrol.

Admission requirements for the Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery at CSU

Closing dates for applications

Application closing dates will be determined in relation to hospital acceptance notifications. Hospitals need to notify the University prior to 1 May for the Session 2 intake, and 1 November for the Session 1 intake. Contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call) or make an online enquiry for further details.

Credit

Registered midwives wishing to upgrade their qualifications will receive an initial credit package of 24 points (the midwifery practice subject), with up to a further 8 credit points available, depending on midwifery experiences and qualifications.

Articulation

After successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery, students continuing on to study CSU's Master of Midwifery can apply for 64 points credit.

Scholarships

Information on scholarships is available from the following sources:

  • Nursing and Midwifery Board
  • State Nurses Association
  • State Midwives Association
  • Royal College of Nursing Australia
  • State Health Department
  • Australian College of Midwives

More about Nursing and midwifery scholarships

Residential school

Students, who are not registered midwives are required to attend two compulsory residential schools at Charles Sturt University's Wagga Wagga Campus.

The first is held before the start of midwifery practice and is of six days' duration. This school aims to:

  • introduce the student to the University and teaching staff
  • introduce the student to the use of study materials
  • provide lectures, demonstrations and workshops on selected areas of midwifery practice

The second five-day residential school is usually held half-way through the duration of the course. It provides formal lectures and opportunities for students to explore areas of midwifery practice in depth.

Course structure

Part-time

Session 30 intake

Session 1 ('30)

MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
MID443 Midwifery Practice (commenced)
MID452 Issues in Midwifery

Session 2 ('60)

MID442 Midwifery Studies 2
MID524 Midwifery Evidence, Connections and Complementary Therapies
MID443 Midwifery Practice (continues)

Session 3 ('90)

MID525 Midwifery Models
MID443 Midwifery Practice (completed)

Session '60 intake

Session 1 ('60)

MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
MID443 Midwifery Practice (commenced)
MID452 Issues in Midwifery

Session 2 ('90)

MID525 Midwifery Models
MID443 Midwifery Practice (continues)

Session 3 ('30)

MID442 Midwifery Studies 2
MID524 Midwifery Evidence, Connections and Complemetary Therapies
MID443 Midwifery Practice (completed)

Professional recognition

The Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery is accredited by the National Registration Board.

At a glance

Study Mode

Distance education

Where

Wagga Wagga

When

Session 1; Session 2; Session 3

Level

Postgraduate

Duration

1 year

International?

NO

Indicative ATAR

N/A

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