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Monash University Handbook 2010 Postgraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Managing facultyMedicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Abbreviated titleGradDipMid
CRICOS code021268J
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)2 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Gippsland)
Contact details

Administrative officer (postgraduate): telephone +61 3 5122 6936; fax +61 3 9902 6527 or visit

Course coordinator

Ms Maureen Miles


  • Students undertaking this course must be employed part-time in a clinical setting that provides midwifery care to women.
  • Part-time study only.


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 provided in four (3-5 days) on-campus study schools per annum, 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.


On completion of the course students will be expected to be able to:

  • be educated, meet the Competency Standards for Midwives as described by Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council (ANMC)
  • prepare future midwives for the role of 'being with women' (ACMI 1998), with the flexibility to care for women experiencing varied outcomes
  • 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 maternity care environment and to prepared to abide by the Midwives Code of Ethics (ACMI, 1995) and Midwives Code of Practice (Nurses Board of Victoria, 2000).


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

Professional recognition

The course is accredited by the Nurses Board of Victoria.


The course consists of four core units.


Students complete:

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


Graduate Diploma of Midwifery