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CSU's Graduate Diploma of Midwifery combines theory and practice in a minimum 12-month period delivered online, enabling registered nurses to be employed as midwifery students and remain in their communities while gaining all the required midwifery experience.

  • Why study this course?

    CSU's Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is offered online to registered nurses and registered midwives who want to upgrade their qualifications and advance their careers. Blended learning strategies and two intakes per year give students flexibility to fit study into their individual situations. Registered nurses can be employed as midwifery students to a partnering maternity service and to remain in their communities while achieving the majority, if not all, of their required midwifery practice experience. This course is undertaken over a minimum of 12 months, but may take up to 18 months depending on the employing maternity service and subject requirements.

    For registered midwives wishing to obtain the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, they can enter this program and will not need to complete any practical component and not attend residential schools. CSU has many years of experience in educating midwifery students to the level required to enable them to apply for registration as midwives with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    The midwifery course at Charles Sturt University commenced in 1990 after concern was raised by local maternity services about decreasing numbers of midwives in rural NSW. The course now enrols more than 80 students a year with more than 55 partnering maternity services accredited to employ CSU midwifery students in ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.

    This course has been designed to enable registered nurses to be employed as midwifery students for the full duration of the course while concurrently studying the theoretical component online. Students are permitted to work only in midwifery practice (rather than care for general patients) during their course. Upon successful completion of the midwifery practice and academic study, students are eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

    Studying online provides opportunities for rural students to remain in their communities and achieve a midwifery qualification. The program is also increasingly utilised by urban students in city maternity services.

    The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery combines theory and practice in a hands-on course aimed at allowing registered nurses to remain in their own community as they work towards becoming qualified midwives eligible for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA). Registered nurses are employed as midwifery students for the full duration of the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery while concurrently studying the theoretical component by distance education.

    Application process

    Registered nurses wishing to undertake this course to become registered midwives must have employment as a midwifery student in one of CSU's partnering maternity services. Application processes differ depending on where you wish to undertake your midwifery practice placement.

    If you wish to be employed as a midwifery student in a NSW public hospital, you must apply via the NSW Health website between early July and early August in the year prior to which you wish to enrol. The application process is through MidStART and information is available online. The MidStART information book is available online from May each year. Follow the instructions to select both the maternity service (public hospital) where you wish to undertake your midwifery practice, and indicate that you wish to study through CSU.

    Should you wish to undertake your midwifery practice in a private or interstate hospital, you need to contact the midwifery facilitator in that unit. For a list of all partnering maternity units or if you have any further questions, contact CSU on 1800 334 733.

    Note: An intake in Session 3 is open only to students who are already registered midwives. 

    Closing dates for applications

    Application closing dates will be determined in relation to hospital acceptance notifications. However, you are required to submit your application for enrolment to CSU online at the same time that you apply through MidStART (or through the hospital, if you are applying interstate or at a private hospital). CSU will keep your application on hold until you notify the University that your MidStART or hospital application has been successful. You need to do this prior to 1 November for intake in Session 1, and prior to 1 May for intake in Session 2. Contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call) or make an online enquiry for further details.

    Articulation agreements

    After successful completion of the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery, students continuing on to study CSU's Master of Midwifery can apply for 64 points credit.

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  • Professional recognition
    This course is a nationally accredited course in tertiary education. The course is accredited by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and approved by the NMBA. Graduates of education programs accredited by ANMAC can register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
  • Credit and pathways

    Credit for prior learning and credit for current competencies will be granted to eligible applicants.

    More about Credit

    Registered midwives wishing to upgrade their qualifications are given 24 points credit. An additional 8 points credit is awarded to registered midwives who are the nominated midwifery facilitator in an accredited, partnering unit or who have additional qualifications or more than 5 years experience as a registered midwife.

    Registered Nurses enrolling in the course receive no credit points on entry.

  • Subjects

    The below information is for new students. Current students should select their subjects by checking the Handbook for the year of their enrolment

    Course structure

    The majority of students are undertaking this course to enable them to be eligible to apply for registration as midwives. For these students the course consists of 64 points:

    MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
    MID442 Midwifery Studies 2
    MID452 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 1
    MID524 Challenges in Midwifery Practice
    MID525 Midwifery as Primary Health care 2
    and
    MID443 OR MID444 Midwifery Practice (24 points)

    Registered Midwives may enrol in the course to upgrade their qualifications to a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery or Master of Midwifery. These students do not enrol in the Midwifery Practice subject (MID443/MID444).

    Registered Midwives in current practice who are enrolled in specified post-registration nursing degrees e.g. Master of Nursing may enrol in MID subjects as electives.

    Enrolment pattern

    Part-time

    Session 30 intake

    Session 1 ('30)

    MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
    MID443 Midwifery Practice (commenced)
    MID452 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 1

    Session 2 ('60)

    MID442 Midwifery Studies 2
    MID524 Challenges in Midwifery Practice
    MID443 Midwifery Practice (continues)

    Session 3 ('90)

    MID525 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 2
    MID443 Midwifery Practice (completed)

    Session '60 intake

    Session 1 ('60)

    MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
    MID444 Midwifery Practice (commenced)
    MID452 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 1

    Session 2 ('90)

    MID525 Midwifery as Primary Health Care 2
    MID444 Midwifery Practice (continues)

    Session 3 ('30)

    MID442 Midwifery Studies 2
    MID524 Challenges in Midwifery Practice
    MID444 Midwifery Practice (completed)

  • Residential schools

    Students who are not registered midwives are required to attend two compulsory, six-day residential schools at Charles Sturt University's Wagga Wagga Campus.

    The first residential school aims to introduce students to:

    • the midwifery profession and woman-centred midwifery philosophy
    • CSU support staff and Graduate Diploma of Midwifery staff 
    • the use of study materials and course requirements 
    • lectures, demonstrations and simulation workshops on selected areas of midwifery practice. 

    The second compulsory residential school is usually held about halfway through the course. Residential schools provide lectures, simulated learning experiences and opportunities to explore areas of midwifery practice with peers.

    The following subjects may have a residential school component:

    MID441 Midwifery Studies 1
    MID442 Midwifery Studies 2

  • Admission information

    Students entering this course will need to meet the following criteria:

    1. Registered Nurses wishing to achieve registration as a midwife:
      • AHPRA  Registration as a Nurse
      • Contract with an approved, participating hospital as a student midwife for the duration of the course.
    2. Registered Midwives wishing to upgrade their midwifery qualification:
      • AHPRA Registration as a midwife
    Registered Nurses wishing to register as a midwife

    Students entering this course must be registered nurses to gain registration as a midwife. 

    Registered midwives

    Registered midwives who wish to complete the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery will be eligible for a minimum of 24 points credit, with a further 8 points credit available depending on previous studies and experience.

    NSW public hospital

    If you wish to be employed as a midwifery student in a NSW public hospital, you must apply online on the NSW Health website and follow the MidStART links (indicate the hospital you wish to be employed at and that you would like to study at Charles Sturt University). Please check the dates for application on the MidStART website.

    Once you have been through the application and interview process and become a successful applicant at your chosen hospital, you must confirm your contract to be eligible to study Midwifery at CSU.

    Non-NSW hospital or private NSW hospital

    If you wish to be employed as a midwifery student in a non-NSW hospital or private NSW hospital, you must apply through the partnership hospital at which you wish to be employed as a midwifery student while enrolled at CSU.

    Registered midwife applicants

    If you are already a registered midwife and wish to upgrade your qualifications, you will not be employed as a midwifery student and you apply direct to the University. Please state in your application cover letter that you are already a registered midwife seeking to upgrade your qualifications. Note: An intake in Session 3 is open only to students who are already registered midwives upgrading their qualifications.

    Requirements for entry into professional practice placements and the course

    Pre-midwifery registration students enrolling in the course are selected by and must be contracted to a partnering maternity service. Students will be interviewed by that service and to be employed as a midwifery students, they must demonstrate compliance with all employment checks, which include at least:

    • 100 point identification check
    • satisfactory referee checks
    • National Criminal Record Clearance and Working with Children check
    • Work Health and Safety and Physical Demands Checklist
    • advised their contracting unit of their immunisation status (students midwives must abide by the policies of the relevant state / contracting health facility)
    • a good character and "fit for practice" as demonstrated by relevant State Health Clearance and no relevant criminal history, professional, physical or mental incapacity that would preclude them from registering as a midwifery student / registered nurse in Australia
    • a good character that includes, but is not limited to, honesty and integrity, ability to maintain privacy and confidentiality, moral strength to resist opportunities for exploitation including sexual exploitation, a commitment to maintaining the reputation and standing of the profession generally, and respect for the personal and religious beliefs of others
    • evidence of competency in CPR that must remain valid for the duration of enrolment in the course
    • English language proficiency (as registered nurses with current authority to practice with the NMBA, all students will have demonstrated appropriate English language proficiency).

    Further information regarding employment screening checks is available from NSW Health.

    Non-compliance with any of the above may result in the student's employment in the contracting unit being terminated with subsequent enrolment in the course being cancelled.

    Students contracted to a smaller rural maternity service are expected to undertake some of their midwifery practice experience (e.g. complex care experience) in larger maternity services away from their home community. Students, especially those employed by smaller rural units, are advised of the expectation they must be committed to undertaking midwifery practice experience with women outside and/or in addition to rostered "shifts".

    Indigenous Australian students

    As a strategy to 'close the gap' and improve health outcomes for Indigenous Australians, registered nurses who identify as being Indigenous and who are interested in becoming registered midwives are especially encouraged to apply for enrolment.

    There are specific scholarships available for Indigenous students who wish to study at CSU.

    CSU's Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is committed to providing personal, cultural, financial and educational support for Indigenous Australian students.

    More information for Indigenous students interested in studying at CSU is available online.

    See standard CSU admission criteria

  • Cost of study

    Fees - please visit the fees and costs page or contact us for current fee information.

    Tax deduction - in some instances a tax deduction may be claimed for self education expenses. Please seek independent qualified taxation advice.

    Alumni discount

    Already studied with CSU? Our 10% Alumni discount applies to this course!
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  • Scholarships

    Scholarship information can be found under the scholarships section of the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health website.

  • Course details

    Campus locations listed for Online students are purely for administrative purposes and have no relevance to the student experience.

    Enrol TypeModeCampusFee typeSession1Session2Session3Admission Code
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaFPPGYYYOSGD
    DirectDistance EducationWagga WaggaCGSYYYESGD

    Note: An intake in Session 3 is open only to students who are already registered midwives upgrading their qualifications.

    LEGEND
    CGS: Commonwealth Government supported places
    FPPG: Fee-paying postgraduate places
    FPOS: Fee-paying overseas student places
    Admission Code: For your reference if required during your application process
    NO TAC: An admission code is not required for applications to CSU Study Centres
    TEMP: An admission code has not yet been assigned for this course

    Graduation requirements

    To graduate and be eligible to apply for Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) registration as a midwife, pre-registraton students must demonstrate competency at the level of a beginning registered midwife and satisfactorily complete 64 points of midwifery subjects and clinical component of the course. 

    Registered Midwives upgrading their qualifications are required to complete a minimum of 32 points (4 x 8 point MID subjects) to be eligible to graduate.

  • How to apply
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  • About the School
    School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

    Charles Sturt University’s (CSU’s) School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health offers highly regarded degrees at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Nurses,midwives and Indigenous health workers are an integral part of the health care team. The School supports students to develop personally and professionally,acquiring the knowledge, attitudes and practical skills needed to become strong and contributing members of the health care team, making a difference where it most counts to people and communities.

    The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health is committed to delivering flexible courses and supporting students with diverse life styles.

    While there is a particular need for high-quality health professionals in regional, rural and remote locations, graduates of the School are also in high demand in urban and metropolitan settings, reflecting as they do the resilience and independent thinking for which rural Australians are known.

  • Academic expectations

    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).

    Expectations relating to academic, workplace learning, time and cost requirements for specific subjects are provided in the subject abstracts and in course materials.

    Throughout their studies, CSU students have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English Language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to their discipline. This ongoing development will enable students to effectively participate in their course and graduate as competent professionals.

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