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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - 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 titleBMid
CRICOS code059121D
Total credit points required144
Standard duration of study (years)3 years FT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Peninsula)
Contact details

Visit; email:; telephone: +61 3 9904 4260

Course coordinator

Carole Gilmour; Hellen Hall


  • Full-time study only
  • The clinical component of this course requires students to be rostered to work a mix of day, evening, weekend and night shifts in years two and three, and may encompass travel to a number of locations.


The course offers an innovative curriculum that is sensitive to the changing educational needs of midwives, the health care industry and the community. It aims to prepare a competent midwife who can work in a variety of maternity settings to the full capacity of the internationally defined role and scope of practice of the midwife.


On completion of this course, graduates will be expected to:

  • practice competently and confidently at a beginning level in a variety of maternity settings
  • practice which is evidence-informed
  • reflect attitudes which are congruent with the philosophy of valuing women, women-centred care, and woman-midwife partnership
  • work both as a primary carer and in collaboration with other healthcare professionals in providing comprehensive care through women's reproductive life
  • achieve employment in a variety of maternity care settings.

Special requirements

Police Checks and Working with Children Checks

Organisations that host clinical and community placements require students to have current Police and Working with Children checks regarding their suitability to undertake such placements. All enrolled and prospective students are advised that they will be required to obtain Police and Working with Children checks prior to undertaking their course. Working with Children checks are valid for five years and are available free. Police checks must be applied and paid for annually. However, in some community partnered programs there may be a requirement to have a police check renewed every six months.

Drug Administration Policy

Students should be aware of their legal position regarding the administration and storage of drugs. In addition, it is the policy of the campus that where drugs are required to be checked by two people prior to administration under the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 (Victoria), and Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Regulations 1995; the student and supervisor (clinical teacher or registered nurse) are considered as one person. Students should be aware of the drug administration policy relevant to the particular year of study. For more information please visit and refer to the section entitled 'Clinical Guidelines'.

Vaccination Policy

It is required that students obtain proof of relevant vaccinations prior to clinical placements. Arrangements regarding serological screening and vaccination will be organised with the campus nurse on commencement.


Clinical practice units

This course requires students to undertake off-campus clinical placements. In years two and three, clinical practice in midwifery units will involve students working a supernumerary 16 to 24 hours per week. Students will be rostered to work a mix of day, evening, weekend and night shifts. Attendance on clinical placement is mandatory for the clinical component of each unit. Clinical make-up for time missed will be arranged in consultation with the clinical coordinator on receipt of a medical certificate.

Students who do not achieve a satisfactory result in their knowledge and skill level will be denied access to the clinical placement linked to the theory and practice units involved. A student may be withdrawn from a clinical practicum if required skills and knowledge are deemed unsafe, or on other grounds deemed appropriate by the head of school.

Clinical expenses

Students are responsible for all travel and accommodation expenses during clinical placement. Uniforms and accessories are required for clinical placements and students will be notified regarding purchase arrangements upon commencement.

Professional recognition

Successful completion of the course will lead to eligibility for registration as a midwife (division 1) with the Nurses Board of Victoria.


Students complete 24 compulsory units, many of which have clinical practice requirements. The clinical practice component of the course makes up approximately 50 percent of the Bachelor of Midwifery, providing students with the opportunity to apply theory to practice under supervision.


The following course requirements refer to the Bachelor of Midwifery course approved from 2008. Students enrolled prior to 2008 should consult the 2007 Handbook for course requirements (archived Handbooks are available at or the School of Nursing and Midwifery a course map, available at

First year

First semester

  • BMS1901 Human structure and function 1
  • MID1001 With childbearing woman
  • NUR1001 Professional communication
  • NUR1101 Perspectives of health and wellness

Second semester

  • BMS1902 Human structure and function 2
  • MID1002 Making practice connections
  • MID1003 The childbearing journey
  • NUR1102 Health assessment in clinical practice

Second year

First semester

  • MID2004 Being with birthing woman
  • MID2006 Practice allegiances
  • NUR2001 Evidence-based health care
  • elective

Second semester

Third year

First semester

  • MID2108 Working with babies
  • MID3103 Childbearing obstacles
  • MID3104 Navigating childbearing obstacles
  • NUR3003 Education for clinical practice

Second semester

  • MID3105 Women's health: Women's business
  • MID3110 Professional midwifery practice
  • MID3201 Midwifery practice elective: Contractual learning in an area of choice
  • elective


Bachelor of Midwifery