Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and 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 (Clayton, Gippsland)
Admission, fee and application details
Contact details

School of Nursing and Midwifery: Clayton: telephone +61 3 9905 5328; email; Gipplsland: telephone +61 3 5122 6936; email;

Course coordinator

Ms Maureen Miles (Gippsland), Dr Mary Anne Biro (Clayton)


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
  • 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.
  • Part-time study only.
  • Students are required to attend a number of compulsory on-campus blocks of study days.


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 the course. 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.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 8, the Bologna Cycle 1 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will 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 (2006)
  • 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 utilize evidence based practice models to research them
  • 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 settings, and for development of peers and services within maternity units
  • be eligible for registration as a midwife with the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia


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

Professional recognition

The course is subject to accreditation by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.


This course consists of four core units.


Students must complete:

  • MID5001 Woman midwife partnerships and normal childbearing
  • MID5002 Woman midwife partnerships and complex childbearing
  • MID5006 Public and primary health care in midwifery
  • MID5007 Contextual and professional issues in midwifery


Graduate Diploma of Midwifery