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Bachelor of Midwifery - HLB001

Course Code: HLB001
Course Version: 1
Location:
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline(s): Discipline of Midwifery
UAC Code: 365084
CRICOS Code: 096888E
Lowest Selection Rank: NEW
English Language Requirements: There are non-standard English language requirements for this course. To be eligible you must have an overall IELTS Academic score (or equivalent) of 7.0. For alternate/equivalent ways of meeting the English requirements for this course please view the English Proficiency Requirements document on the university website.

Give birth to an inspirational career with midwifery

Make a difference to the lives of women and their families with UC’s innovative Bachelor of Midwifery. Upon completion of this three-year full-time or five-year part-time degree, you’ll play a vital role in building strong communities as a creative and socially valuable midwife.

The degree accepts a small cohort of students each year, which allows for a highly flexible and personalised learning experience, giving you the opportunity to develop a very special bond with your fellow midwifery students.

The Bachelor of Midwifery offers Work Integrated Learning (WIL) opportunities in a variety of practice areas and starts early in your first year of full-time study. Over the course of your degree, you’ll undertake a total of 1310 hours of clinical placements, including the provision of woman-centred care to 22 women during their journey through pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period. The course has an extremely high graduate employment rate, and feedback from industry is that it produces ‘sensational’ midwives.

Study a Bachelor of Midwifery at UC and you will:

  • work with women in pregnancy, labour, birth and early parenting using a primary health framework
  • participate in WIL placements, including rostered and on call shifts tending to women in labour and birth
  • learn to contribute to the development of services, policies and research into maternity care now and as a future leader
  • work at individual, family and community levels to facilitate all women’s rights to, and responsibilities in, active participation in their maternity care
  • contribute to new understandings of midwifery and other work by participating in research activities
  • experience a variety of workplace settings, including birth centres, regional and rural maternity units, and tertiary hospitals.

Work Integrated Learning (WIL)

WIL is essential to the process of becoming a midwife. With a total of 1310 practice hours across the three years of this course, UC invests significantly in WIL compared with other universities. From the moment you begin your studies, you’ll engage in clinical practice experience across a range of ACT Health and Southern NSW maternity settings, such as Calvary Public Hospital, Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, and Queanbeyan District Hospital.

You’ll support the birth journeys of 22 individual women during your time on the course and will graduate job-ready, with an in-demand qualification from an innovative university.

If you would like to undertake international work experience, opportunities exist to participate in two-week Study Abroad WIL programs in places such as South-East Asia and the South Pacific. You’ll also be encouraged to join the University of Canberra Midwifery Society, which has student engagement as a primary focus.

Please note: throughout your degree you will be working in continuity with women and will be required to attend their regular antenatal and postnatal visits, and be on call for the woman’s labour and birth. The nature of continuity work means that you will need flexibility in both your personal and professional life and be able to adjust your commitments accordingly.

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Midwifery, you’ll be eligible to register as a midwife in Australia across a variety of settings, including rural and remote areas, hospitals, birth centres, communities and in women’s homes.

 

Enquiries

Prospective Domestic Students:
Email study@canberra.edu.au or Phone 1800 UNI CAN (1800 864 226)
Prospective International Students:
Email international@canberra.edu.au or Phone +61 2 6201 5342
Current and Commencing Students
Faculty of Health or Course Convener Email health.student@canberra.edu.au or Phone (02) 6201 5838

Admission Requirements

This course has an early closing date to submit applications (October 31 every year). To apply you will be required to:
(i) have completed Year 12 or a similar level of study
(ii) meet normal University requirements for admission to an undergraduate course and
(iii) submit a written response to the questions included on the supplementary application form (https://www.canberra.edu.au/current-students/forms/forms/forms/Supplementary-Application-for-Midwifery.pdf )

Applications are judged on both how well they meet the admission requirements (i) and (ii) and how well they consider the issues raised in the supplementary questions (iii).

Admission to this course is competitive. Applications will be assessed on the basis of academic merit and the number of available places.
Please be advised that if you submit your application after the advertised closing date, your application may not be considered.

Additional Admission Requirements

National Police Check, Immunisations, TB Screening, Working with Vulnerable People Registration, NSW Health forms (Code of Conduct Agreement, TB Assessment Tool, Student Declaration).

Assumed Knowledge

ACT: English (T) major; Studies in Science (Chemistry and Biology) and Mathematics are highly recommended.
NSW: English Advanced; Studies in Science (Chemistry and Biology) and Mathematics are highly recommended.

Periods Course is Open to New Admissions

Year Location Domestic International
2019 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2020 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2021 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1
2022 UC - Canberra, Bruce Semester 1
Semester 1

Information on admission closing dates can be found here.

In addition to course requirements, in order to successfully complete your course you may need to meet the inherent requirements. Please refer to the inherent requirements statement applicable to your course

Awards

Award(s) Official Abbreviation
Bachelor of Midwifery B Midwifery

Alternate Exit Awards

Diploma of Health Studies Associate Degree of Health Studies

Typical Study Pattern

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Please refer to the tab to view Course Requirements, check unit details and select Restricted Choice Units for the course. Please note not all units are offered in each teaching period.

Unit Delivery Modes

Delivery modes for units in this degree are yet to be confirmed. Please contact us for more details.

Information for Fee Paying Students

Year Domestic International
2019 CSP $30,700
2020 CSP $31,000

The fees detailed above are the annual fee rates for the course. The annual rate is the fee that applies to standard full-time enrolment, which is 24 credit points. The final fee charged is based on the proportion of 24 credit points in which a student enrols. Students enrolled in a Commonwealth Support Place (CSP) are required to make a contribution towards the cost of their education, which is set by the Commonwealth Government. Information on Commonwealth Supported Places, HECS-HELP and how fees are calculated can be found here.


Professional Accreditation

This course is accredited with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC). Graduating students will be eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Course Learning Outcomes

Course Objectives Graduate Qualities
Integrate critical inquiry with clinical knowledge and skills to demonstrate competence. UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; communicate effectively; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; display initiate and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload and; take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures; communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives and; behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
Strengthen women?s capabilities by optimising biological, psychological, social and cultural processes UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures; communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives and; behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
Demonstrate cultural safety and respect in providing appropriate midwifery services to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander women and their families. UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; communicate effectively; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; display initiate and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload and; take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures; communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives and; behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; be self-aware; adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas and; evaluate and adopt new technology.
Practise woman-centred care across the spectrum from community to hospital and from rural to metropolitan. UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; communicate effectively; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; display initiate and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload and; take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures; communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives and; behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
Approach their midwifery work with the primary health care principles of autonomy, self-responsibility, respect and shared decision-making working at the individual, family and community levels. UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; communicate effectively; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; display initiate and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload and; take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures; communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives and; behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.
Consult with, make referrals to and work collaboratively with other members of the health care team when the needs of women and/or their children become complex. UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; communicate effectively; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; display initiate and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload and; take pride in their professional and personal integrity.
Demonstrate sound judgements and ethical decision making based on the best available evidence, reasoning and reflexion. UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; communicate effectively; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; display initiate and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload and; take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures; communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives and; behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; be self-aware; adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas and; evaluate and adopt new technology.
Influence change and promote the profession of midwifery inside and outside the health care system. UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; communicate effectively; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; display initiate and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload and; take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures; communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives and; behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; be self-aware; adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas and; evaluate and adopt new technology.
Use technology and evidence to optimise childbearing women?s health and wellbeing, their own personal and professional development and to connect with others. UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; communicate effectively; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; display initiate and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload and; take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures; communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives and; behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

UC graduates are lifelong learners: reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development; be self-aware; adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas and; evaluate and adopt new technology.
Meet the NMBA National Competency Standards for the Midwife. UC graduates are professional: employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills; communicate effectively; use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems; work collaboratively as part of a team, negotiate, and resolve conflict; display initiate and drive, and use their organisational skills to plan and manage their workload and; take pride in their professional and personal integrity.

UC graduates are global citizens: think globally about issues in their profession; adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries; understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures; communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings; make creative use of technology in their learning and professional lives and; behave ethically and sustainably in their professional and personal lives.

Course Duration

Taught over nine teaching periods full time or equivalent. Maximum twenty semesters.

Honours

To be advised.

Related Courses (Double Degrees, Nested Courses and Alternative Exits)

375JA Diploma in Health Studies; 376JA Associate Degree in Health Studies

Offerings

  • 2019->UC - Canberra, Bruce-Internal

Enrolment Numbers

View the number of student enrolments for this course for the previous full year. Please note that course numbers are indicative only and in no way reflect individual class sizes.

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