Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Postgraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

Take the next step in your career. The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is an innovative program with a strong regional focus. This program is designed to prepare you with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills necessary to practice midwifery in a multidisciplinary context and in a variety of settings. Skills for evaluating evidence for best midwifery practice, as well as for development of self, others and the profession, are also features of the program. You are exposed to a wide variety of perspectives and environments in order to help develop the ability to think critically about the role of the midwife in the maternity care setting. On successful completion of this program you will be eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). The program incorporates two models of clinical placements at both the Mt Helen and Gippsland campuses: The Employment model: The health agency employs students and enables students to learn in the workplace while studying to gain their clinical experience. Students are mentored to consolidate their clinical experience. Potential students make applications to both FedUni and an affiliated clinical agency of their choice. You will need to contact the midwifery educator in the facilities that you are interested in, to check the availability of employment positions and the application process for these positions. The Supernumerary model: Students gain clinical experience and expertise through clinical placements in healthcare agencies as supernumerary workforce. Their clinical learning experience is facilitated by clinical educators in the workplace. Learning will take place in a number of metropolitan, rural and regional agencies in Eastern Victoria for Gippsland based students and Western Victoria for Ballarat based students.

Designed for

Registered nurses (Division 1)


Residential schools: Students are required to attend two compulsory residential schools per semester at either the Mt Helen or Churchill campus. Full-time students are required to attend 5 days for each residential school, with part-time students attending 3 days per week in year 1, and 2 days per week in year 2. Residential schools are held at the beginning and mid-way through each semester. Dates will be advised with letter of enrolment. Clinical placement: Full-time students are required to complete a minimum of 360 hours per semester, this may be as a block of full-time placement or flexible placement of 2-3 shifts per week. Part-time students will complete a minimum of 200 hours of placement per semester in year 1, and 160 hours per semester in year 2. All students are required to commit time to engaging women in continuity of care experiences (further information below under the `industry experience' tab). All students are required to commit time to engaging women in continuity of care experiences.


  • Midwifery

Standard entry requirements

  • Applicants for this program will need to meet the following criteria. Registered Nurse wanting to achieve registration as a midwife: Applicants must be a Registered nurse currently on the AHPRA register with a Bachelor of Nursing qualification, and at least one year's recent post-registration acute medical/surgical nursing experience. Registered Midwife wanting to upgrade their qualification to a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery: Applicants must be a Registered midwife currently on the AHPRA register and who meet the Nurses and Midwives Board of Australia recency of practice registration standard. Academic IELTS with an Overall score of 7.0
  • Or equivalent.


ANMAC (Aust. Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council). AHPRA (Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). NMBA (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia).

Study information

Campus Fees Mid year intake Attendance
Mount Helen (Ballarat) International: $6,566 Yes
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Online/Off-campus
  • Flexible Delivery
Gippsland (Churchill) International: $6,566 Yes
  • Part-time : 2 years
  • Full-time : 1 year
  • Online/Off-campus
  • Flexible Delivery

Further information

Extra requirements: Police record check; Working With Children Check (WWCC); Relevant vaccinations with signed declaration of immunisation status. Students should be aware that healthcare organisations recommend all health staff to have relevant vaccinations to protect themselves and their patients/clients. It is recommended that students have relevant vaccinations along with a signed declaration of immunisation status prior to clinical placement. They will be required to undertake a police check (renewed annually) and a Working With Children Check (renewed every five years). This may be required to be presented to an authorised staff member of a healthcare organisation.

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