Graduate Diploma of Midwifery (H6G)

Overview  2019

ATAR

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Duration

Minimum 2 Years, up to a maximum of 5 Years

Duration

Duration refers to the minimum and maximum amounts of time in which this course can be completed. It will be affected by whether you choose to study full or part time, noting that some programs are only available part time.

Location

This course may not be available to international students. Please see the list of distance courses (i.e. online and taken outside Australia) that are offered to international students

This course is not offered in 2017.

This course is comprised of two pathways: Entry to Practice (Schedule A); and Upgrading to a Graduate Diploma (Schedule B).

On completion of the course the graduate will:

  • Function as a midwifery practitioner competent to provide comprehensive care for women and their families during normal pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council National Competency Standards for the Midwife (2006);
  • Have an understanding of women's health issues in relation to the childbearing experience;
  • Demonstrate an ability to facilitate the development of social support systems for women during the childbearing years;
  • Provide women and their families with information that will facilitate them in making informed decisions about the care that they wish to receive;
  • Identify situations that fall outside the normal birth process and initiate care as required;
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary team to provide safe and effective care for women who experience complications during pregnancy, birth or the postnatal period;
  • Maintain an up-to-date knowledge of contemporary trends in midwifery practice and the evidence that informs such practice;
  • Recognise the importance of life-long learning through the skills of critical and reflective thinking;
  • Understand the parameters for professional midwifery practice, and
  • Critically contribute to the discussion of trends and issues in current midwifery practice.

Career outcomes

A graduate of the entry to practice pathway is eligible for registration as a midwife.

Course structure

Schedule A - Entry to Practice

This unit introduces you to the roles and scope of midwifery practice. The philosophy of woman-centred care is explored through a primary health care framework. Opportunities to examine models of care that integrate choice, continuity, and control for the woman…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides you with the foundational knowledge required to appreciate the role of research in clinical practice. The unit aims to deepen appreciation of the importance of research utilisation and evidence-based practice in the provision of quality patient, woman…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit provides you with the knowledge and skills to work with the woman, her new born baby and family during the labour and birthing experience and early parenting days. Underpinning this unit is a belief that childbirth is essentially…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit extends students' understanding of the role and scope of practice of midwifery. Students will explore trends within Australian health and society and consider the impact these have on women within the context of childbearing and midwifery practice. The…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides you with an opportunity to examine the midwife's responsibility to provide safe care during complex labour, birth and the postpartum period. The unit builds upon CNA689 in that it considers at-risk and complex situations which may endanger…

Credit Points: 25

This unit is currently unavailable.

Schedule B - Upgrading Midwives

This unit is directed at currently practising midwives and examines a broad range of contemporary issues that impact on midwifery and women across the childbearing year. These are explored in the context of society's expectations and the political and social…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

This unit provides you with the foundational knowledge required to appreciate the role of research in clinical practice. The unit aims to deepen appreciation of the importance of research utilisation and evidence-based practice in the provision of quality patient, woman…

Credit Points: 12.5

LocationStudy periodAttendance optionsAvailable to
LauncestonSemester 1
LauncestonSpring school (extended)

Key: On-campus    Off-Campus    International students    Domestic students

This unit considers more complex issues that influence pregnancy, labour, birth, parenting and contemporary midwifery care of women and their families. Trends within Australian health and society are explored and consideration given to the impact these have on women within…

Credit Points: 12.5

This unit is currently unavailable.

Any SNM Health Studies elective unit

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry into the Entry to Practice pathway of the course applicants shall:
i. Be currently registered as a nurse with the Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency (AHPRA);
ii. Have completed a tertiary qualification in nursing or equivalent;
or iii. Have qualifications and experience deemed by the Faculty of Health to be equivalent to (ii) above;
iv. Attend for interview if required by clincal placement agencies, and 
v. Produce evidence of recent nursing experience in an appropriate care setting.

To be eligible for entry into the Upgrade to Graduate Diploma pathway of the course applicants shall:
i. Be currently registered as a nurse with AHPRA. Applicants must be registered as a midwife with AHPRA.
ii. Have completed a tertiary qualification in nursing or equivalent;
or iii. Have qualifications and experience deemed by the Faculty of Health to be equivalent to (ii) above;
iv. Produce evidence of recent midwifery employment in an appropriate care setting.

Professional Experience Placement Requirements

SAFETY IN PRACTICE COMPLIANCE

All students enrolling in Faculty of Health programs which include a professional experience placement component, laboratory and/or field activity are required to establish and maintain their capacity to practice safely via Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation.

The Faculty, in accordance with Safety in Practice Compliance and Risk Assessment Procedure, assesses student compliance with Safety in Practice Requirements, which include:

  • national criminal history;
  • working with children registration;
  • medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake the Faculty of Health Mandatory Functional Requirements; and
  • infectious disease and immunisation status.

National criminal history and medical, physical and psychological disclosures can inhibit student eligibility to participate in courses. Students must submit the Safety in Practice Requirements compliance documentation to enable risk assessment to be completed before:

  • semester one census date annually; or
  • in case of late enrolment, prior to beginning study.

The exceptions are the Working with Children Registration and Immunisation Record Card check, which must be completed 4 weeks prior to first PEP.

To be eligible for entry into the Entry to Practice pathway of the course applicants shall:
i. Be currently registered as a nurse with the Australian Health Professional Regulation Agency (AHPRA);
ii. Have completed a tertiary qualification in nursing or equivalent;
or iii. Have qualifications and experience deemed by the Faculty of Health to be equivalent to (ii) above;
iv. Attend for interview if required by clincal placement agencies, and 
v. Produce evidence of recent nursing experience in an appropriate care setting.

To be eligible for entry into the Upgrade to Graduate Diploma pathway of the course applicants shall:
i. Be currently registered as a nurse with AHPRA. Applicants must be registered as a midwife with AHPRA.
ii. Have completed a tertiary qualification in nursing or equivalent;
or iii. Have qualifications and experience deemed by the Faculty of Health to be equivalent to (ii) above;
iv. Produce evidence of recent midwifery employment in an appropriate care setting.

Professional Experience Placement Requirements

Students enrolled in the Entry to Practice pathway of the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery must demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health and the School of Health Sciences policies relevant to workplace based learning. For current information on Professional Experience Placement requirements please follow the link below:  http://www.utas.edu.au/health/professional-experience-placement

Students may articulate from the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery to the Master of Clinical Midwifery.

Fees & scholarships

Domestic students

Domestic students enrolled in a full fee paying place are charged the Student Services and Amenities Fee but this fee is incorporated in the fees you pay for each unit you enrol in. Full fee paying domestic students do not have to make any additional SSAF payments.

Domestic students enrolled in a Commonwealth supported place will be charged a fee based on the number of units a student enrols in. In 2018, this fee is $44.70 per unit. In 2018, the maximum charge for full time students is $298.

Scholarships

For information on general scholarships available at the University of Tasmania, please visit the scholarships website.

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