Responsible faculty or institute:
Health Science (principal) Campus(es) Offered:
Course Duration: Minimum
2 yrs, Maximum
Course Contact (faculty or school):
Launceston: Ms Karen Munro ph 6324 3398 fax 6324 5010
This course is comprised of two pathways: entry to practice (Schedule A); and upgrading to a Graduate Diploma (Schedule B).
Admission & Prerequisites
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 Science to be equivalent to (ii) above. iv. Attend for interview and satisfactorily complete examinations and practical tests as required by the SNM. v. Produce evidence of recent nursing experience in an appropriate care setting. Entry Requirements for Upgrade Students 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 Science to be equivalent to (ii) above. iv. Attend for interview and satisfactorily complete examinations and practical tests as required by the SNM. v. Produce evidence of recent nursing experience in an appropriate care setting. Professional Experience Placement Requirements Students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery must demonstrate compliance with the Faculty of Health Science and the School of Nursing and Midwifery policies relevant to workplace based learning. For current information on Professional Experience Placement requirements please follow the link below: http://www.utas.edu.au/nursing-midwifery/professional-experience-program
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.
Critically contribute to the discussion of trends and issues in current midwifery practice.
A graduate is eligible for registration as a midwife.
Articulation to/from Course
Students may articulate from the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery to the Master of Clinical Midwifery.
Graduates may be recognised by Nursing Boards or Midwifery organisations.
For further details, students are advised to contact the School of Nursing and Midwifery on (03) 6324 3398.