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Bachelor of Midwifery

The University of Newcastle

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About

The University of Newcastle has a comprehensive framework for managing health emergencies and business continuity. Our team is working closely with NSW Health to ensure our response reflects the most up-to-date University of Newcastle COVID-19 advice.

As a midwife, you will focus on caring for women, babies and their families during pregnancy, labour and birth and the immediate period after birthing. You will work with women and families to achieve the best health outcomes for mothers and their babies. Our Bachelor of Midwifery has been developed in partnership with, and is supported by, local health districts so that our midwifery students provide direct clinical care under the supervision of a registered midwife with an emphasis on woman-centred care and relational continuity with women and practice experiences in all midwifery contexts.

This degree requires students to participate in midwifery professional experience placements in NSW  and other partnering Health facilities. During placement, students will work within NSW and other partnering Health policies and procedures. Students must also meet all NSW and other partnering Health verification requirements before attending clinical placement.

Students should also be aware that they may be required to undertake midwifery professional experience placement and/or classes outside normal semester dates.

Bachelor of Midwifery (Hunter Placement) If you choose this option you will be undertaking your on campus studies at the Callaghan Campus, Newcastle and you will be placed at one of the following hospitals for your entire midwifery professional placement over the three year program (except in the instance of a short term voluntary rural/metropolitan/international exchange).

  1. John Hunter Hospital
  2. Maitland Hospital
  3. Muswellbrook
  4. Newcastle Private Hospital
  5. Singleton
  6. Scone

Bachelor of Midwifery (Central Coast Placement)
If you choose this option you will be undertaking your on campus studies at the Central Coast Clinical School, Gosford and you will be placed at one of the following hospitals for your entire midwifery professional placement over the three year program (except in the instance of a short term voluntary rural/metropolitan/international exchange).

  1. Gosford Public Hospital
  2. North Gosford Private Hospital

Bachelor of Midwifery (North Coast Placement)
If you choose this option you will be undertaking your on campus studies at the Manning Education Centre at Taree and you will be placed at one of the following hospitals for your entire midwifery professional placement over the three year program (except in the instance of a short term voluntary rural/metropolitan/international exchange).

  1. Kempsey District Hospital
  2. Manning Base Hospital, Taree
  3. Port Macquarie Hospital

The Bachelor of Midwifery program is offered with both full-time and part-time pathways.

Midwifery education and midwifery professional practice require students to be committed to study and professional practice that can be mentally and physically demanding. Students will engage in simulated practice in specially designed simulation laboratories and will conduct emotional, social and physical examinations of childbearing women on midwifery placement under the supervision of a midwife/obstetrician. Students engage in peer learning on campus and virtually. All students are required to be verified for midwifery professional practice. Verification includes, screening and immunisation for infectious diseases, working with children and criminal record checks and other measures to ensure the safety of students, staff and the women for whom they provide care.

Students enrolling in this degree are required to obtain a WorkCover-approved Provide First Aid Certificate during semester 1.

Areas of study

Students will learn the physiology including the psychophysiology and care of women through pregnancy, labour, birth and the early parenting period including the newborn. Students study human biosciences, pathophysiology and pharmacology scaffolded throughout the degree.

Career opportunities

The Bachelor of Midwifery program prepares students for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Graduates are prepared to work in midwifery clinical practice, including midwifery continuity of care models, midwifery education and midwifery research.

Professional recognition

Graduates are eligible to apply for registration to practise as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.

Program accreditation is pending approval from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC).

Practical experience

Students will complete a minimum of  1104 hours of midwifery professional experience placement that includes: :

  • Midwifery Professional Experience Placement in an allocated hospital with hands-on experience during the antenatal period, labour and birthing, and the postnatal period.
  • Continuity of Care Experiences (CCE) where students develop relationships with childbearing women – a minimum of 10 relationship-based experiences as the on-call clinician for expectant mothers (minimum 200 hours).

Further hours may be required in order to complete minimum requirements for registration and may be completed as rostered hours or continuity of care experiences.

The participating hospitals for clinical placements are John Hunter, Maitland, Taree, Singleton, Muswellbrook, Scone, Newcastle Private, Gosford Public and Gosford Private, Port Macquarie, Kempsey and Taree. While attending placements, students are responsible for all travel, accommodation and related expenses. Applicants should be aware of this requirement when applying for entry to the program. Due to the requirements for students to be on call for CCE’s they need to live within one hour of their designated hospital.

Honours

Available as an additional year (or part-time eqv) to students based on merit.

Fees and charges

Refer to University of Newcastle current fee information.

Essential requirements for admission

Selection of applicants will be made on the basis of their academic performance/selection rank.

Check the special requirements and policies for this course.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Any 2 units of English (Band 4 or higher), Mathematics Standard 2, Biology, Chemistry.

Recommended studies: Biology and/or Chemistry, English Standard, Mathematics Standard 2.

Applicants with higher education study

If you completed higher education or partial higher education studies your grade point average can be converted to a selection rank to be used for admission purposes.

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

If you studied vocational education and training, the type of qualification, whether or not you completed it, and if it was graded or competency-based, will all be taken into consideration to assess your eligibility for admission.

Applicants with work and life experience

If you haven't completed any formal secondary, VET or higher education studies we offer a range of options to get you on the pathway to your dream degree.

Explore University of Newcastle entry options.

Advanced standing

If you have already successfully undertaken relevant study at another higher education institution or from the TAFE/VET sector, you may be granted credit on enrolment in a program. This is in addition to using that study to help determine your rank and eligibility to enter a program at the University of Newcastle.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UON website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2022 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.

Abbreviations

– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

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Honours
Applicants should note that under the revised Australian Qualifications Framework some programs with honours are four-year programs available with direct entry. Other programs are three-year bachelor degree programs. Meritorious students have the option to apply for an additional one-year end-on honours component after graduation. Check the course descriptions carefully.