Midwifery

Course Information
  • Subject: Nursing, Health
  • Level: Undergraduate
  • Type of Degree: BSc
  • Cost: AUD 22,880 2015/16

Midwives are responsible for the care of women, babies and their families during pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, labour, birth and the early infancy period. They provide direct clinical care and support for healthy women and babies and work collaboratively with doctors and other members of a health care team when there are risks or complications.

The Bachelor of Midwifery is specifically designed to develop graduates for entry to professional midwifery practice. The course prepares graduates with skills, knowledge and attitudes to provide high quality woman-centred care through safe and effective midwifery practice in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council National Competency Standards for the Midwife.

Graduates are equipped to apply sound evidence-based reasoning skills to their midwifery practice; work in continuity-of-care models in partnership with women; and collaborate effectively in multidisciplinary teams to promote effective outcomes. The degree aims to produce graduates with the capability, confidence and flexibility to adapt to changes and contribute to innovation in the midwifery profession and the health care system, focusing on women and their needs through a primary health approach.

For further information visit the School of Health and Human Sciences’ midwifery page.

Career opportunities

Registered midwives may practise midwifery in various capacities in public and private hospitals and community, maternity and neonatal health care settings in urban, rural and remote areas. They can practise as independent midwives, group practice midwives, clinical midwifery consultants, midwifery educators, midwifery unit managers, community midwives and researchers. Graduates from the Bachelor of Midwifery can work in any state of Australia and in New Zealand. Employment as a midwife in other countries is possible, however further country-specific advice should be sought. There is currently a shortage of graduate midwives, particularly in regional and rural Australia.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Midwifery is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia and provides the necessary qualification for graduates to be eligible to register and practise as a midwife in Australia.

Professional placement

Students will be required to undertake supervised placements that will enable them to focus on woman-centred care and provide continuity of care with women across their pregnancies; attend antenatal and postnatal assessments/visits with women; provide direct care to women during labour, assist women during birth; support women and their babies with diverse needs across pregnancy, labour and birth, and the postnatal period, and experience the full scope of midwifery practice. Visit scu.edu.au/healthplacements


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