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Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is designed as an educational pathway for registered nurses to become registered as a midwife. The program provides you with an opportunity to further your studies and qualifications in the field gaining knowledge and skills in the areas of pre‑pregnancy, antenatal care, childbirth, parenting, postnatal and specialised care needs of neonates.

Our midwifery programs are unique in their curriculum design and include innovative teaching strategies developed to international, national and state standards. Work-integrated learning in the form of clinical hours is incorporated into the program to provide students with the opportunity to put theory learned into practice. The aim of the programs is to produce skilled, caring, knowledgeable and effective midwives who are competent and capable of working in any setting. 

Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Duration 1.5 years part-time (3 terms per year)
Intake Dates February
Mode of Study Distance
Domestic Availability  Distance Education 
Work Integrated Learning Yes

What am I studying?

Midwifery involves the care and support for women throughout pregnancy, labour and childbirth and includes postnatal care for women and their babies. Midwives typically work as part of a multi-disciplinary team with other health professionals. They provide care for women and their babies by providing physical and technical midwifery support, observing, monitoring, assessing and reporting on care and treatments, preparing women for birth, giving advice on health matters for both the mother and the baby as well as providing information to women and their families about treatment and care. Furthermore, midwives may also be involved with detecting complications and implementing emergency measures during childbirth.

Why Study Nursing at CQUniversity

CQUniversity’s health and medical sciences programs have been developed to meet the ever-increasing needs of our communities both in Australia and internationally.

Our programs are constantly being reviewed and updated in consultation with industry and other stakeholders to ensure they are relevant and up to date. 

Many programs feature work integrated learning, or learning on the job. You are required to complete course undertakings in real-life workplaces, allowing you to put learning directly into practice. This hands-on, project-based learning is one reason CQUniversity graduates are in such high demand by employers.

Quality on-campus facilities ensure learning is delivered in context, taught in a similar setting to real-world situations. New facilities including state-of-the-art technology for fitness and body function testing offer exercise and sport sciences students sophisticated training. Nursing students have access to fully equipped labs replicating a real hospital ward, while medical imaging and medical sonography are taught from new purpose-built multi-million dollar labs. The new CQUniversity Health Clinic at CQUniversity Rockhampton also provides clinical learning experiences to students.

CQUniversity’s health and medical sciences academic staff are at the forefront of their respective fields, often still contributing to the community and working within industry. Lecturers have a strong teaching and learning ethos and are committed to delivering quality learning experiences.

Study one of the many exciting health and medical sciences programs at CQUniversity and help make a real difference to community health and wellbeing.

Entry Requirements

You must be a currently registered nurse or registered midwife seeking to update your knowledge and skills, or a midwife seeking to re-register your status as a midwife (subject to specific Australian Health Practitioner Registration Authority (AHPRA) special requirements.)

Contact the University for more information. A university qualification is not required for entry into this program.

English Requirements

If you have English as your second language (international or domestic students born outside of Australia, Canada, NZ, UK, Ireland, South Africa or USA), you need to meet different English language proficiency requirements depending on the level of study and/or program you wish to undertake. Click here for more details.

Career Opportunities

A Graduate Diploma of Midwifery will prepare you for a successful career in a number of roles in the women’s health industry, including those of midwife, midwife educator, independent practitioner, midwife unit manager, midwife researcher, community midwife, midwife breastfeeding consultant and midwife leader and consultant. 

Work Integrated Learning

A specified amount of clinical midwifery practice is required. Clinical midwifery practice is in addition to the part-time coursework study load and therefore full-time equivalent commitment is required for this program.

Program Structure

The graduate diploma requires completion of six courses and the masters requires completion of an additional three courses. You should expect to commit approximately 40 hours per week to midwifery studies, 20 to 24 hours of which will be for clinical practice experience. Clinical practice experiences will be undertaken at a primary clinical site, with other specified midwifery experiences arranged as required.

Course Information

For example courses you could study as part of the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery program please click here.

As CQUniversity is committed to providing quality, up-to-date and relevant education, please note courses are refreshed regularly and may not be an exact indication of course availability for your study. Please call 13CQUni 13 27 86 if you have specific questions regarding course information regarding your specific application.

Residential School and Study Requirements

There are five day compulsory residential schools (CQUniversity Mackay or Noosa) conducted prior to the commencement of each of the three terms of study.

Professional Recognition

On successful completion of the program, students will be eligible to apply for registration as a midwife in Australia.