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Master of Midwifery MMID

Program focus

This program is designed to prepare registered nurses to become
eligible for registration as a midwife and has been developed in partnership
with Cairns Hospital (Cairns and Hinterland Health Service District),
Toowoomba Hospital (Darling Downs Health Service District), St Vincent's
Hospital Toowoomba and other nominated rural hospitals in Queensland.
Students of this program must be employed as midwifery students at
a partner hospital to complete the professional practice requirements
of the program.# (See Application Procedures section). Students who have
completed a midwifery program at a tertiary institution are not eligible
to apply for this program.

Study Mode

Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available


1 year full-time equivalent on a part-time basis,
maximum 3 years, with compulsory attendance at a partner hospital
for designated sections of the program

Professional accreditation

Please Note

The Master of Midwifery curriculum is undergoing a review process
to ensure it meets the new Midwifery Education Standards. Any information
contained herein is now subject to the outcomes of this accreditation
process by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council
(ANMAC) and approval by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

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Program aims

The aim of this program is to prepare students for practice
in midwifery to the standard of the Australian Nursing and Midwifery
Council (ANMC) National Competency Standards for the Midwife using
a woman-centred model. Graduates will be eligible for registration
with NMBA.

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Program objectives

On successful completion of this program graduates will be able

  • initiate, maintain and conclude partnerships with women which
    facilitate women's empowerment and promote the health of women and
    their families

  • use a comprehensive knowledge and skill base to provide safe
    and effective clinical care and education for childbearing women and
    their foetuses/infants across all ages and health-risk categories

  • express acceptance of the uniqueness of individual women and
    through the combined attributes of caring, patience, gentleness, and
    compassion and by practising within the ANMC code of ethics, promote
    a supportive and safe birthing environment

  • develop and integrate into practice knowledge and wisdom about
    the biophysical and psycho-social spiritual aspects of childbearing
    women and foetuses/infants

  • critically evaluate and apply research relevant to midwifery

  • apply clinical decision-making skills to provide midwifery care
    and promote quality outcomes

  • practice midwifery within prescribed legal boundaries and within
    their own scope of competence

  • when required, fulfil the pivotal role of midwife and coordinator
    of care within the multi-disciplinary health care team

  • demonstrate a critical awareness of historical, political and
    cultural context of birthing and use this to further the aims of childbearing
    women and the discipline of midwifery

  • demonstrate advanced skills in reflection, analysis, argument
    and criticism including the ability to research and enhance own clinical

  • grow and develop as a person and as a professional .

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Program structure

This program consists of eight courses. Exemptions may be granted
according to regulations in USQ Policy 3.5 Course Exemptions. Students will normally study
two courses per semester for four semesters over two years. This program
uses a two semester academic calendar. Students will commence their
study in March (Semester 1) with a one week residential school. As
a flexible learning program, students are required to interact through
Internet Discussion Groups (See IT Requirements for minimum technology
requirements). Unpaid professional experience will be commenced in
this semester.

In Semester 2 (July), students attend a one-week residential school and then begin paid employment as midwifery
students. They will be required to continue in the clinical field
for 18 months and will complete their hospital internship and the
program in Semester 2 of the following year. This includes some unpaid
clinical placements to ensure the professional experience requirements
specified by ANMAC have been met.

Students should contact the Program Coordinator to discuss variations
in enrolment pattern and courses for exemption in recognition of prior

Course Sequence and Relationship to Residential Schools

Course Name Year/Semester Residential School
MID8070 Midwifery Foundations Year 1, Sem 1,2 1 week (pre-semester)
MID8001 Preparation for Midwifery Practice Year 1, Sem 1 1 week (pre-semester)Toowoomba
MID8073 Midwifery and Collaborative Care 1 Year 1, Sem 2 5 days in week 1 Toowoomba
(Week 3 Cairns)
MID8074 Midwifery and Collaborative Care 2 Year 1, Sem 2
MID8075 Year 2, Sem 1 2 days TBA in 2013
MID8076 Year 2, Sem 1 2 days TBA in 2013
MID8077 Researching Practice Year 2, Sem 2
NUR8340 The Law and Health Care Practice Year 2, Sem 2

Students choosing to study at one of the rural partner hospitals
will need to organise with their Director of Nursing Services an exchange
or a supernumerary position for a total of approximately three weeks
to a larger partner hospital during the clinical year to ensure exposure
to high-risk maternity and neonatal care.
The program will be
delivered primarily by flexible learning, which will be supplemented
by three residential schools. For more detail on residential schools
please see below.

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