The aim of the course is to:
- enable Registered Midwives (RMs) to develop innovative midwifery models of care
- equip RMs to work to their full scope of practice
- develop a RM workforce which will prevent the closure of maternity units in rural areas and reopen many that have closed
- offer RMs living in rural and remote areas the opportunity to study at Master level by distance education
- enhance the profile of midwifery
- educationally prepare experienced RMs to be confident and competent in their teaching and mentorship of tertiary level preregistration midwives.
Credit and articulation
Students entering the course with an undergraduate midwifery degree (or equivalent) and an additional related qualification, such as a Bachelor of Nursing, receive 24 points credit. An additional, maximum of eight points credit, is available for students enrolling with extra qualifications / experience such as the Lactation Consultant Certification or experience as a midwifery facilitator for midwifery students.
Students entering the course with CSU's Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery (or equivalent) receive 64 points credit.
CSU's Master of Midwifery articulates with the Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery, allowing students the option of exiting the Master degree after successful completion of 64 points and graduating with the Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery.
Information on scholarships is available from the following sources:
- Nursing and Midwifery Board
- State Nurses Association
- State Midwives Association
- Royal College of Nursing Australia
- State Health Department
- Australian College of Midwives
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree, diploma or equivalent in midwifery.
Students must have or be eligible to receive Authorisation to Practice as a Registered Midwife in Australia.
Where applicants have obtained their tertiary qualifications outside of Australia and are eligible to apply for registration as a midwife in Australia but English is not their first language, they will be required to meet the English Language Requirements of the Nurses and Midwives Board prior to enrolment. They must complete four International English Language Testing System (IELTS) academic modules obtaining a minimum of 7 on each of the individual bands of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
For each 8 point subject at CSU, students should normally expect to spend between 140-160 hours engaged in the specified learning and assessment activities (such as attending lectures or residential schools, assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, assignments or examinations). The student workload for some subjects may vary from these norms as a result of approved course design.
Students will be assessed on the basis of completed assignments, examinations, workplace learning, or other methods as outlined in specific subject outlines.
Where applicable, students are responsible for travel and accommodation costs involved in workplace learning experiences, or attending residential schools (distance education students).
enrolment pattern and unit details
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To graduate, students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.