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Monash University Handbook 2011 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 titleMClinMid
CRICOS code054585A
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton, Peninsula)
Off-campus (Peninsula)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

Administrative officer (postgraduate): telephone +61 3 9904 4260; fax +61 3 9904 4655 or visit

Course coordinator

Ms Meredith McIntyre (Peninsula); Ms Mary Anne Biro (Clayton)


  • Applicants for the pre-registration stream will be required to have a minimum of one year's full-time equivalent clinical nursing experience. Applicants for the post-reg stream must be employed part-time or full-time in a clinical setting that provides midwifery care to women.
  • The pre-registration stream is only offered at Clayton; the post-registration stream is only offered at Peninsula.


This course, offered by the School of Nursing and Midwifery, has two study streams:

  • The pre-registration stream offered at Clayton campus provides registered nurses with the opportunity to obtain a professional qualification to become a midwife at Masters degree level. Students select either a coursework option or coursework with a minor research project.
  • The post-registration stream offered at Peninsula campus is designed to provide higher-degree studies to registered midwives. This stream will appeal to midwives seeking career advancement or Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia practitioner status for work in low-risk maternity and/or independent or specialist midwifery practice. It will also appeal to those interested in a pathway to undertaking higher research degrees.


On successful completion of the course, the student will be expected to be able to:

  • demonstrate competency to practice as a midwife at a beginning level in a variety of maternity settings in accordance with the ANMC National competency standards for the midwife (pre-registration)
  • 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
  • demonstrate personal and professional attributes for the enhancement of self and the midwifery profession
  • demonstrate critical and reflective thinking and decision making skills
  • incorporate the principles of lifelong learning into midwifery practice
  • identify clinical problems and utilise evidence based practice models to research clinical problems
  • demonstrate skills in undertaking research including planning, development and implementation of a research project under supervision
  • undertake leadership roles in midwifery practice in a range of settings promoting the role of midwifery in collaborative practice within the multidisciplinary team
  • demonstrate knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for collaborative practice in regional and referral centres, midwifery led maternity services in a range of setting, and for development of peers and services within maternity units.

Credit for prior studies

Up to 48 points may be granted for completion of a course 1240 Graduate Diploma of Midwifery from Monash University in the post-registration stream. Credit will not be granted for the pre-regsitration stream.

Professional recognition

Pre-registration stream

On completion of the pre-registration stream of the Master of Clinical Midwifery students will be eligible for endorsement/registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Post-registration stream

In order to be eligible for nurse/midwife practitioner status according to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, students in the post-registration stream of the Master of Clinical Midwifery must have completed the following pharmacology unit as part of their postgraduate studies:

  • NUR5208 Therapeutic medication management.


This course is offered via coursework and a research project/minor thesis, or by coursework only.


Pre-registration stream (Clayton)

This stream will provide a professional midwifery qualification for registered nurses and is only available to nursing graduates. Students complete the following over three semesters of study:

Coursework-only option

  • Students complete all units from the list of pre-registration units below.

Coursework and project option

  • GHS5841 Research methods and issues
  • 24-point research project
  • 36 points selected from the list of pre-registration units below

Pre-registration units

  • GHS5841 Research methods and issues
  • MID5001 Woman midwife partnerships
  • MID5002 Extending midwife partnerships
  • MID5003 Midwifery and maternity in context
  • MID5005 Advancing midwifery practice
  • NUR5214 Advanced therapeutic interaction in nursing

Post-registration stream (Peninsula)

Students complete the following over three semesters of study:

  • MID5005 Advancing midwifery practice (compulsory core unit)

plus one of the following options:

Coursework-only option

  • 60 points selected from the list of post-registration units below

Coursework and thesis option

  • 24 points selected from the list of post-registration units below
  • a 36-point minor thesis

Post-registration units

  • GHS5841 Research methods and issues*
  • MID5003 Midwifery and maternity in context
  • MID5004 Becoming a midwife
  • NUR5202 Nursing informatics
  • NUR5204 Education in nursing and midwifery
  • NUR5208 Therapeutic medication management**
  • NUR5214 Advanced theraputic interaction
  • NUR5209 Education program development

*This unit is a prerequisite for undertaking the minor thesis.

** This unit must be completed in order to be eligible for nurse/midwife practitioner status, as outlined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia,.

Progression to further studies

Students who complete this course and achieve a distinction (70 per cent) in the minor research thesis or project and the research methods unit (GHS5841) may qualify for admission into higher degrees by research (HDR) including course 3438 Master of Philosophy and 0047 Doctor of Philosophy, amongst others. Admission is not automatic; an application form for the nominated HDR program must be submitted to the faculty's research degrees office for consideration upon completion of this course.


Master of Midwifery

Master of Clinical Midwifery