Graduate Diploma and Master
These programs prepare students to practise competently in a variety of maternity settings, in accordance with the international defined role and scope of practice of the midwife.
The Master component will provide graduates with a basis for advanced studies in areas such as midwifery, family and child health and women's health. It will encourage graduates to base their practice on current research.
The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is offered part-time, and is available on a statewide basis to applicants living in Tasmania. There are two 12.5% units and three x 25% units to be completed by entry to practice students, in addition to a minimum of 580 hours of unpaid practicum in first year and a minimum of 800 hours of paid clinical practice in second year. As part of this course, students are employed to work in a midwifery setting at 50% of full-time equivalent in year 2 for 42 weeks (inclusive of 2 weeks of paid annual leave). Twenty continuity of care experiences need to be completed with at least eight of these experiences occurring in the second year of the course. It is expected that students will spend approximately 20 hours per experience and this may occur during rostered clinical shifts or in the student's own time. Hence it is possible that students will have extra unpaid clinical experience in both first and second years of the course.
Attendance at all study days is compulsory. There is one study day in semester one in first year, a five-day workshop in Launceston prior to the commencement of semester two in first year and two study days in semesters one and two of second year. The course is taught predominantly online and therefore personal access to a computer and internet facilities is essential for learning and teaching purposes. Each semester there is a 25% academic work load and it is expected that students will do 20 hours of study per week.
In first year you are required to undertake unpaid supernumerary clinical experience which includes:
- 29 weeks of rostered clinical experience from July through to the commencement of semester one in second year (February)
- Attendance and observation of a complete series of antenatal parent craft classes; and
- commencement of continuity of care experiences - follow women through their pregnancy, birth and postpartum period, the 4 week child health and parenting service (CHAPS) visit and conclude at the 6 week postnatal check.
In second year clinical experience involves:
- paid part time (0.5FTE) shift work (weekends included) for 42 weeks, inclusive of 2 weeks annual leave which is allocated in the mid-semester break.
- Completion of continuity of care experiences – at least 8 of these experiences must occur in year two with the student fully involved in the midwifery care of the women under appropriate supervision. This may occur in paid or unpaid time. Twenty continuity of care experiences need to be completed over the two years of the course.
Online applications open in August for the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery. The application process involves academic selection by the university and clinical selection by practice venues. As part of the application process, students are required to submit a CV, names of two professional referees and a copy of their current registration certificate, and address the Registered Nurse undertaking Graduate Diploma of Midwifery Selection Criteria required by practice venues. When applying please indicate your 1st and 2nd preference for practice venue in your covering letter. Please send the above information to the Admissions office by mail or email (The Admission Office Private Bag 45, Hobart, 7001 or Admissions@utas.edu.au). Applications meeting academic selection are then forwarded to practice venues for clinical selection. If selected by a healthcare facility students are then offered a place in the course. Venues offering placement for University of Tasmania students are listed below.
|Launceston||Launceston General Hospital|
Royal Hobart Hospital
|Northwest||Mersey Community Hospital|
Applications for the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery close on 31st October.
Each hospital has a different selection process; students may be required to be interviewed. Applications for first round offers will be processed in early November. Applications received after this date may be considered if second round offers are made. If applicants are unsuccessful in obtaining their first preference, the University will contact them in regard to their second preference. Offers will not be made until December.
Postgraduate courses are scholarship funded (when studying a 25% load /semester) – successful applicants automatically receive the scholarship when they accept their offer so there are no course fees.
Professional Experience Placement Requirements
As a condition of offer you will be required to comply with the University of Tasmania Faculty of Health Professional Experience Placement Requirements, which includes police check requirements, infectious diseases policy and student safety in practice agreement. Information and forms are available on the Postgraduate Placement Site
The Codes and Competency Standards for midwifery practice in Australia can be found at the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website.
Student Registration Requirements
All students enrolling in the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery are required, under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009, to be registered (as students) with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia via the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Students who do not meet registration criteria and are refused registration by the Board, or who have their registration rescinded during the program, will be unable to continue in the program.
Applicants please note that the University Student Centre will commence the registration process following initial enrolment.
Students meet the registration criteria by:
- establishing and maintaining their medical, physical and psychological capacity to safely undertake practice; and by
- undertaking a National Police History Record Check to establish that they have not been charged with an offence, or have not been convicted or found guilty of an offence which is punishable by 12 months imprisonment.
Post-Graduation Registration requirements
The School of Nursing and Midwifery will advise the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) of entry to practice students who have successfully met the required course of studies for the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery. Students will need to download, complete and submit the Application - general registration - AGEN-04 form which is located under General Registration on the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia website. This application form can be submitted prior to the release of results, which will assist in a timely registration process. Registration standards which need to be met in order to register as a midwife have been developed by the Nursing and Midwifery Board and can be located on the Nursing and Midwifery Website Registration Standards.
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Students
Scholarships are available to assist students to undertake university study. Please visit the Riawunna Centre Scholarships page. The Ida West Aboriginal Health Scholarship is also available to support students living in Tasmania with university study.
Riawunna Centre offers a wide range of services to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander students and their communities in Tasmania. There are centres located on both the Hobart and Launceston campuses and student support officers are situated on the Cradle Coast Campus. Riawunna assists all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students who are studying at the University of Tasmania.
The Mildred Hansen Prize in Midwifery
Mildred Isabel Hansen was a double certified nurse and midwife who trained in the Ballarat Base Hospital in Victoria in the early years of the Second World War. While she gave up her midwifery career to marry her husband, Keith, and have a family, she maintained a life-long interest in women's health issues and in the compassionate care for those afflicted with ill-health. Mildred died unexpectedly in 2008 in her 91st year and to encourage future students of midwifery to be successful in their course, her family has agreed to endow a prize at the University of Tasmania to recognise excellence in the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery.
The prize will be awarded to the student who has successfully completed the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery course with the highest overall results, including both curriculum based units and practicums. The annual value of the prize will be $500 or any greater amount determined by the selection committee, having regard to the income from the endowment.
The Australian College of Midwives Tasmania Branch (ACMTAS) Student Prizes
Each year ACMTAS awards two student prizes:
First Year Student Award and the Second Year Student Award.
The Awards were established to support the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery program, as well as promote awareness of ACM as the peak professional body for midwifery and midwives.
The First Year Student Award is presented to the recipient based on academic excellence in the 1st year of the course.
- The prize includes membership to ACMTAS for one year and a book voucher.
The Second Year Student Award is presented upon completion of the 2nd year clinical practicum. The criteria for assessment include demonstrated knowledge, clinical skills acquisition, communication, attitude and safety when providing woman-centred care.
- The prize includes Full Membership of ACMTAS for the next year while practising as a beginning Registered Midwife practitioner, and a book voucher.
The Australian College of Midwives
The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) is the peak professional body for midwifes in Australia and strives to maximise the quality of midwifery and maternity care for Australian women and their families. ACM has a philosophy of midwifery that is founded on respect for women and considers women in pregnancy, during childbirth and early parenting to be undertaking healthy processes that are profound and precious events in each woman's life.
Student membership with the ACM is available. Student members are entitled to full member services, have voting rights and are eligible to be a member of College advisory committees, such as the Student Advisory Committee.
ACM supports Australian midwives/students midwives to maximise their potential to provide best practice through evidence based care, and provides financial assistance through scholarships (PDF 178KB).
The following two units are undertaken by upgrading midwives, in conjunction with a research unit and one elective unit:
The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery articulates to the Master of Clinical Midwifery
Location - Latrobe, Hobart and Launceston
Fees - Commonwealth supported
Intake - February
Duration - Minimum 2 years (4 sem), maximum 3 years (6 sem) available part-time only
Location - Latrobe, Hobart and Launceston
Fees - Commonwealth supported
Intake - February
Duration - Minimum 3 years (6 sem) available part-time only
The aim of this course is to prepare advanced practice midwives for leadership roles in a range of practice settings.
The program allows students to develop new skills and in-depth knowledge in midwifery, whilst offering career opportunities to interact with peers.
The Master of Clinical Midwifery builds on the Graduate Diploma, with two additional units: