Bachelor of Midwifery - Indigenous

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

This midwifery course is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who want to become registered midwives. As with the Bachelor of Midwifery, this course prepares Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to work as entry-level midwives in any maternity setting - focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families. Students will enrol in this midwifery course in an 'away-from-base' capacity. The 'away-from-base' mode enables students to live and work in their local community while studying and attending four residentials of one week each in Brisbane throughout the year. The students will also engage with a minimum of ten women to follow their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care journey called their Continuity of Care Experiences (CCE). This experience involves the student recruiting the woman in early pregnancy and attending appointments throughout. If possible, the student attends the labour and birth and follows the woman after discharge home up to six weeks following birth.The Bachelor of Midwifery (Indigenous) degree will teach you how to: manage normal pregnancy and childbirth; provide effective postnatal, maternal and newborn care; provide safe and reliable care that meets the individual psychological, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of mothers; promote positive health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children in rural and remote locations.

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or equivalent; QLD Prerequisites: English (4, SA).

Structure:

240 credit points. Students will undertake clinical placements at maternity hospitals and community facilities across Australia. The first clinical placement begins in the first year of the program. Our clinical partners are very important to us and range from small maternity units to large tertiary hospitals. In Queensland partners include the Mater Health Service, St Vincent's Private Hospital and Redcliffe Hospital. There are many more partners including rural health services where students experience placement.

Subjects you can Study:

Midwifery

Study Pathways:

An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours). The Faculty of Health Sciences also offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees with specialties including mental health, clinical education, health administration as well as leadership and management in health care.

Further information:

Graduates can pursue a range of careers including: midwife, consultant midwife, special care nurseries, clinical specialist, pre-natal educator, researcher, family care and child health centre professional.

Recognition:

Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Midwives on the AHPRA website.

Accepts International Students:

Yes

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

Related Careers:

Midwife,
Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Part time 6 years
Brisbane (McAuley at Banyo) No info No Full time 3 years
Australian Catholic University (ACU) commenced operation on 1 January 1991. The University has seven campuses in Adelaide, Ballarat, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney (2 campuses) and teaches courses throughout Australia and overseas. The University was formed by the amalgamation of four Catholic institutions of higher education in eastern Australia, and is incorporated as a company limited by guarantee (Australian Catholic University Ltd).

ACU is a public university open to all, a Table A listed higher education provider under the Higher Education Support Act 2003, and a member of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, and the International Federation of Catholic Universities. The University is a member of Universities Australia (formerly the Australian Vice-Chancellors' Committee).

The three foundation Faculties are Arts and Sciences, Education, and Health Sciences. The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy commenced operation on 1 January 2009 and the Faculty of Business commenced operation on 1 January 2010.

ACU graduates are high achievers and enjoy one of the best rates of employment in Australia. ACU students undertake work experience throughout their studies, with many students finding jobs using their professional skills even before they have graduated.

ACU's small friendly campuses, small class sizes (student to teacher ratio of 18.5:1), easy access to teaching staff and outstanding student support services allows students to achieve their full potential.

Provider CRICOS: 00004G

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