University of Technology Sydney

C07070v6 Graduate Diploma in Midwifery

Award(s): Graduate Diploma in Midwifery (GradDipMid)
Commonwealth supported place?: Yes
Load credit points: 48
Course EFTSL: 1
Location: City campus


Limited commonwealth-supported places are available.

The subject 92375 Midwifery Practice 1 has a pre-session commencement date of 8 February 2021. Attendance is compulsory.

This course is not offered to international students.

Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Professional recognition
Other information


This course is designed to meet the graduate needs of registered nurses wishing to gain registration to practise in the area of midwifery. It provides a broad theoretical and clinical study in midwifery, and includes a discussion of professional, sociopolitical and ethico-legal issues related to the family, and research skills that enhance midwifery practice and interpersonal processes. Students undertake concurrent employment as a student midwife in an accredited midwifery unit.

Midwives are in high demand at present, in both the public and private health systems, and the current shortage is expected to continue for some time.

Course intended learning outcomes

1.0 Practise woman-centred care
1.1 Demonstrate woman-centred care, acknowledging the physiological, psychological, cultural and spiritual needs of women, their babies and family members
1.2 Appreciate the centrality of the relationship with each woman to the practice of midwifery
1.3 Promote continuity of midwifery care regardless of settings
1.4 Provide an optimal child-bearing environment for each woman
2.0 Are professionally competent midwives who provide safe and effective midwifery care using intelligent kindness
2.1 Have a sound and thorough knowledge base about anatomy and physiology
2.2 Demonstrate critical thinking and sound clinical judgment that is based on evidence and reflects appropriate reasoning within the relevant professional codes and guidelines
2.3 Communicate effectively using spoken, written and non-verbal language across a range of contexts and to diverse audiences
2.4 Utilise information technologies with a high level of literacy
2.5 Demonstrate competence in all clinical skills at the level of a new graduate midwife and be eligible to apply to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for registration as a midwife
3.0 Work collaboratively in order to provide excellence in maternity care
3.1 Influence change and contribute to the development of midwifery as a strong profession through leadership, mentoring and positive role modelling
3.2 Demonstrate respectful and collegial collaboration with women, professional peers and other stakeholders
3.3 Participate effectively as a member of an interdisciplinary healthcare team
4.0 Are resilient, emotionally competent midwives who foster human flourishing
4.1 Practise and promote the principles of self-care that build resilience and foster human flourishing
5.0 Are socially responsible citizens who value the diversity of people
5.1 Practise midwifery within a primary health care philosophy
5.2 Demonstrate knowledge of the broader health system and advocate for midwifery as a local and global public health strategy
5.3 Practise with the knowledge that midwifery can make the biggest difference to the least advantaged women and families
5.4 Communicate and provide effective care for women from diverse backgrounds and needs
6.0 Are professionally engaged critical thinkers who take a lively and questioning approach and embrace lifelong learning
6.1 Interpret and value the evidence to underpin practice and influence change
6.2 Integrate strategies for ongoing personal and professional development
6.3 Actively contribute to the development of midwifery as a profession
7.0 Graduates have professional cultural competency which contributes to the health and wellbeing of Indigenous Australians, inclusive of physical, social, emotional and spiritual wellness
7.1 Demonstrate respect and value for world view differences and in particular Australian Indigenous ways of knowing, being and doing
7.2 Critique and reflect upon the impact of ongoing colonisation and its pervasive discourse on Indigenous Australians and their health and wellbeing
7.3 Recognise the diversity of Indigenous Australians and integrate this knowledge into practice

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

Applicants must have:

• Current registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Registration is confirmed via the National Register of Practitioners (opens an external site).
• Concurrent employment in a midwifery student position. Applicants are required to apply through either: the centralised recruitment program for NSW public hospitals: MidStART. This process is administered by the NSW Department of Health Nursing and Midwifery Office. Or applying directly to NSW private hospitals to undertake a midwifery student program. Private hospitals that offer midwifery student positions include the Mater Hospital (check their website for details or contact the hospital directly), Sydney Adventist Hospital (applications open in June; check the hospital website for details), St George Private Hospital, North Shore Private Hospital, and Prince of Wales Private Hospital. Prospective students need to contact private hospitals directly in order to apply for a midwifery position.

Applicants need to apply to UTS for a position in the Graduate Diploma in Midwifery program. Application must be directly via UTS Online Application. UTS accepts applications for enrolment in this course from the June prior to the year of commencement. We recommend you submit your UTS application before October, as applications received after this date may not be considered. While a student can apply for the program at UTS during the relevant application period, acceptance into the course is dependent on the applicant securing employment as a student midwife (midwifery student). See also the Application checklist ( PDF 115kB).

Applicants are selected on academic merit based on their grade point average.

Applicants need to be available to attend classes from early February, for the first two weeks of midwifery classes.

The English proficiency requirement for local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64; or CAE: 176-184.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

Course duration and attendance

This course is offered over a 14-month, full-time period.

Course structure

Students must complete a total of 48 credit points, comprising eight compulsory subjects.

Industrial training/professional practice

The course requires concurrent employment in an accredited midwifery unit for one year (four days a week) in order for students to meet the requirements to gain midwifery registration with the National Board of Nursing and Midwifery.

Course completion requirements

92375 Midwifery Practice 1 6cp
92379 Midwifery as a Public Health Strategy 6cp
92380 Translating Research into Midwifery Practice 6cp
92381 Perinatal Mental Health 6cp
92376 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health: Women and Babies 6cp
92377 Midwifery Practice 2 6cp
92378 Midwifery in Complex Situations 6cp
92382 Power, Politics and Midwifery 6cp
Total 48cp

Course program

A typical program is shown below.

full time
Year 1
Autumn session
92375 Midwifery Practice 1   6cp
92379 Midwifery as a Public Health Strategy   6cp
92380 Translating Research into Midwifery Practice   6cp
92376 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health: Women and Babies   6cp
Spring session
92377 Midwifery Practice 2   6cp
92378 Midwifery in Complex Situations   6cp
92382 Power, Politics and Midwifery   6cp
92381 Perinatal Mental Health   6cp

Professional recognition

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. See the faculty rules for more information.

Other information

Further information is available from:

UTS Student Centre
telephone 1300 ask UTS (1300 275 887)
or +61 2 9514 1222
UTS: Health

Vanessa Scarf
Course coordinator
telephone +61 2 9514 4572