GD015 - Graduate Diploma in Midwifery

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Plan: GD015 - Graduate Diploma in Midwifery
Campus: Bundoora Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Diploma in Midwifery
Award abbreviation: GradDipMid
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: 2 semesters full time, 4 semesters part time
Location: Bundoora Campus
Owning school: Health and Biomedical Sciences (173H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 060303
CRICOS code: 038974K

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Purpose of the Program

The overall purpose of this program is to provide the necessary education, both theory and practice, for you to be eligible to apply for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia in order to practice as a midwife. This program is in keeping with contemporary midwifery practice. Changes that have occurred in the field include the changing nature of the maternity services and introduction of more models of midwifery care.

The Program Learning Outcomes achieved thorough your successful completion of this program are identified in the ANMC National Standards for the Midwife 2006 as follows: 

  • Functions in accordance with legislation and common law affecting midwifery practice
  • Accepts accountability and responsibility for own actions within midwifery practice
  • Communicates infomration to facilitate decision making by the woman
  • Promotes safe and effective midwifery care
  • Assesses, plans, provides and evaluates safe and effective midwifery care
  • Assesses, plans, provides and evaluates safe and effective midwifery care for the woman and/or baby with complex needs
  • Advocates to protect the rights of women, families and communities in relation to maternity care
  • Develops effective strategies to implement and support collaborative midwifery practice
  • Actively supports midwifery as a public health strategy
  • Ensures midwifery practice is culturally safe
  • Bases midwifery practice on ethical decision making
  • Identifies personal beliefs and develops these in ways that enhance midwifery practice
  • Acts to enhance the professional development of self and others
  • Uses research to inform midwifery practice.
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Articulation and pathways

The Graduate Diploma in Midwifery is a graduate entry program for applicnats who have successfully completed

  • Bachelor of Nursing degree or equivalent (such as a Bachelor of Helath Sciecne (Nursing)) or a Bachelor of Midwifery

Registered Midwives or students who have completed a Bachelor of Midwifery will be eligalbe for the following Recognition of Prior Learning:

Source ProgramOwning SchoolCredit towards this programAcademic requirement for entryTerms of entry (guaranteed place, merit etc)Date of agreement & expiry
Registered MidwifeHealth Sciences48 credit points Gained a clinical placement and on meritOn enrolment
Bachelor of MidwiferyHealth Sciences48 credit points Gained a clinical placement and on meritOn enrolment

Students who are successful in completing the Graduate Diploma in Midwifery may apply for the Graduate Diploma in Child and Family Health GD158 or may apply for a Masters by Research (Nursing) to progress their career.




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Entrance requirements

The entrance requirements for the Graduate Diploma in Midwifery programs are detailed below.

To be considered for admission, the applicant should normally:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Nursing degree, or equivalent, from an approved higher education institution;
  • Be a registered nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. 
  • Applicants are required to have secured a clincial placement in an affiliated maternity unit prior to being offered a position in the program


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External accreditation and industry links

Professional accreditation is necessary for the Graduate Diploma in Midwifery. The accrediting body is the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia  – a Government Ministerial body that registers nurses and  midwives for practice. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Midwifery program will allow graduates to be eligible to be registered as a midwife by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, entitling the graduate to practice midwifery. Graduates of the Graduate Diploma in Midwifery are also eligible to apply for membership with the professional body of Australian College of Midwives

The Graduate Diploma in Midwifery program has a strong link with industry and incorporate a significant amount of Work Integrated Learning as part of the program. This strong industry link is fostered by the Program Director regularly meeting with industry represensatives throughout the year as well as formally the industry representatives attending the Program Advisory Committee.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

Library resources and services
As a student enrolled in a program at RMIT University, you may access the extensive services, facilities and study space provided by the university library. Resources include comprehensive collections of books, periodicals and other course related materials, such as DVD's, magazines, slides, films and so forth. You may also make use of computer laboratories with access to a wide range of desktop publishing software and access the expanding virtual collection of electronic resources and networks, including product data, e-books, electronic journal and newspapersm web based tutorials, online reference and document delivery services and so forth, all of which are accessible on and off campus 24 hours per day.

You can find information on library resources at

The existing library resources will be adequate to support your needs for this program. Currently, the midwifery teaching team continually update the library resources for the students to ensure that they are up to date and this will continue. RMIT libraries support and enhance the educational and research programs at RMIT.

In addition, the current Bundoora West Campus facilities are adequate. Students can access learning centres on Level 4 and 7 of Building 201, and/or computers in the RMIT Learning Centre in the library.

Students also have access to a range of other services available through RMIT, such as printing, learning centre and various union services.

Online learning tools and content
You can access online learning tools and content for your program and associated courses at myRMIT

Services available to you as a student at RMIT University
RMIT University provides a wide range of resources and opportunities to assist your learning and wellbeing so you can achieve your study and career goals.
Services are available face to face and online assisting with:

  • transition to tertiary study and learning
  • study skills, academic skills including literacy, mathematics and basic sciences if relevant
  • enabling assistance if you have a disability, long term medical condition or other form of disadvantage which may impact on your learning
  • career development and employment
  • living and wellbeing (including advice on health, housing and financial matters)
  • opportunities for scholarships, leadership and study abroad
  • opportunities for participating in arts, sport, recreation, fitness activities as well as student activism and university governance

We also offer a friendly and supportive environment for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
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