UAC Undergraduate Course Description

Applying through UAC

B Midwifery 1

University of Newcastle

CampusType of
UAC codePattern of attendance 2013 cut-offStart dateMajor offer round
Newcastle – Callaghan CSP  480720  3F 95.00 3 Mar 2014 16 Jan 2014
Port Macquarie CSP  480722  3F 94.70 3 Mar 2014 16 Jan 2014

For information about when you'll need to apply to be considered in each offer round refer to UAC applications and offer round dates. Check the course search for the most recent final closing date.

Assumed knowledge: Biology, Chemistry, General Mathematics and any two units of English (Band 4). If you have not studied these subjects you are strongly advised to undertake bridging courses conducted by the English Language and Foundations Studies Centre at the University during January and February. Read 'Bridging courses'.

Major studies: Midwifery, primary health care, contemporary midwifery practice, midwifery clinical practice, Aboriginal child-bearing.

Practical experience: This program involves three years of full-time study which includes clinical experience. There are two forms of clinical experience: one involves approximately 600 hours of placement within maternity service environments and the other involves a series of 10 relationship-based continuity of care experiences per year. Students will work with the continuity of care experience (CCE) women throughout the antenatal, labour and birthing, and postnatal periods. Students must attend at least half of their CCE women's births.

The participating hospitals for placements for Callaghan students are John Hunter, Maitland, Taree, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Scone, Newcastle Private, Gosford Public and Gosford Private. The participating hospitals for placements for the Port Macquarie students are Port Macquarie, Kempsey and Taree. Successful applicants will be invited to nominate their top three preferences for placement at the time of accepting an offer to the University, including outlining any special circumstances that restrict the particular area in which they should be located. Allocation at a preferred placement cannot be guaranteed due to the limited number of placements.

Professional recognition: The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is the statutory body responsible for establishing registration standards for the midwifery profession. Students will be registered with the Australian Practitioner Health Regulation Agency (APHRA).

Career opportunities: Examples include shift work, allocated or self-rostering, in hospital maternity units, continuity-of-care models with small-group practices of midwives or team midwifery or as independent home-birth practitioners. Once registered as a midwife, you may practise anywhere in Australia. Australian qualified midwives can seek authority to practise overseas.

Additional information: Classes are conducted at Callaghan campus for Callaghan students only or at Port Macquarie Campus for Port Macquarie students only. There is a mix of both face-to-face and online learning to ensure students are able to be with child bearing women when they are needed.

Applicants should note that each location has a unique UAC code and those wishing to undertake the program need to include the UAC code for the location where they wish to study.

The award of this program depends on the student satisfactorily completing and passing all academic and clinical components. This program requires students to participate in clinical placements in NSW Health facilities. Students will be subject to policies and procedures laid down by the NSW Ministry of Health, including policies around criminal record checking. These requirements may or may not include a WorkCover-approved first aid certificate, a National Police Certificate, a Prohibited Employment Declaration, NSW Health Code of Conduct Agreement as well as fulfilling any required immunisations in order to obtain a NSW Health Certificate of Compliance. Students are expected to comply with these requirements prior to undertaking clinical placements.

There are a limited number of deferrals available each year and successful applicants must apply for one year of deferral. These deferrals are not guaranteed.

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