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Monash University

Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Course code: 1240 ~ Course abbreviation: GradDipMid ~ Total credit points required: 48 ~ 4 semesters part-time ~ Managing faculty: Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Study mode and course location

On-campus (Gippsland - P/T only)

Course description

This course, offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, is designed to prepare students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills necessary to practise midwifery in a multidisciplinary context. Skills for evaluating evidence for best midwifery practice, as well as for development of self, others and the profession, are also features of this preparation. Students are exposed to a wide variety of perspectives and environments in order to help them develop the ability to think critically about the role of the midwife in the maternity care setting. The course is accredited by the Nurses Board of Victoria.

The course is provided in four (3-5 days) on-campus study schools, held at the Gippsland campus, together with online and self directed learning modules. Students are required to be employed part-time in a clinical setting that provides midwifery care to women and their families across regional, rural and metropolitan Victoria.

Course objectives

On completion of the course students will be expected to be able to: to educate midwives who can meet the Competency Standards for Midwives as described by Australian College of Midwives Incorporated (ACMI); to prepare future midwives for the role of 'being with women' (ACMI 1998), with the flexibility to care for women experiencing varied outcomes; to prepare midwives to work in partnership with women, family, medical and allied health personnel to ensure culturally appropriate and safe maternity care that is affordable, acceptable and accessible; through strategic midwifery clinical placement students will have the opportunity to feel confident and nurtured in the maternity care environment; to prepare midwives to abide by the Midwives Code of Ethics (ACMI, 1995) and Midwives Code of Practice (Nurses Board of Victoria, 2000); and to deliver a course meeting the Nurses Board of Victoria requirements for accreditation, according to the Nurses Act, 1993.

Course structure

Course requirements

Students will be required to undertake four core units:

  • MID9001 Woman midwife partnerships
  • MID9002 Extending midwifery partnerships
  • MID9003 Midwifery and maternity in context
  • MID9004 Becoming a midwife


Assessment includes examinations, case-studies, class presentations and written assignments.

Contact details

Administrative officer (postgraduate): telephone +61 3 9902 6441; fax: +61 3 9902 6527 or visit

Course coordinator

Ms Maureen Miles