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Master of Midwifery Practice

Course code I80

This coursework program prepares Registered Nurses to become competent, confident midwives registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

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Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

I80

Fees

Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee AUD $4,550

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 Years: 3 semesters part-time 1 semester full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

Semester 1 Semester 2
Joondalup PT
Mount Lawley
South West
Online
FT - Full-time PT - Part-time

Timetable

This course has a modified timetable. See Course Notes.

Early closing date 15-01-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Entry requirements

ECU admission and English language requirements apply.

See Course Entry for further information.

Course code

I80

Fees

See Fees and Scholarships for further information.

Duration

2 Years: 3 semesters part-time 1 semester full-time

See Course Details for further information.

Availability & Campus

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Early closing date 15-01-2021

This course has an early closing date for applications. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you apply by this date.

Course Entry

Admission requirements you'll need to meet for this course.

  • The following course-specific admission requirements are mandatory and must be satisfied by all applicants. These requirements are in addition to or supersede the minimum requirements outlined within the Academic admission requirements band section below.

    All applicants are required to provide proof of current registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (Registered Nurse Division 1), and provide a statement detailing their interest in the midwifery course and the skills they have achieved in nursing to assist midwifery practice, and provide a copy of their resume. Applicants are also required to have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 70 in their undergraduate degree.

    Academic admission requirements (Band 6) may be satisfied through completion of one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree; or
    • Equivalent prior learning including at least five years relevant professional experience.
  • International students are required to provide an IELTS Academic with an overall minimum score of 7.0 (no individual band less than 7.0) or any other equivalent test approved by AHPRA. Internationally schooled applicants may also be required to meet this requirement.

    Minimum English standard requirements for this course may also be satisfied with one of the following:

    • Bachelor degree from an approved country;
    • Successfully completed 0.375 EFTSL of study at postgraduate level or higher at an Australian higher education provider (or equivalent); or
    • Where accepted, equivalent prior learning, including at least five years relevant professional experience.

Course Details

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Semester availability

Semester 1: Study part-time at Joondalup

Semester availability

This course is not offered on-campus or online to international students.

Course Structure

Year 1 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MID6104Midwifery Cultural Studies20
MIT6102Foundations of Midwifery20
Year 1 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MIP6202Beginning Midwifery Practice20
MID6102Evidence Based Practice applied to Midwifery20
Year 2 - Semester 1
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MIT6202Complex Care in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Puerperium20
MIT6203Midwifery Therapeutics20
Year 2 - Semester 2
Unit Code Unit Title Credit Points
MIP6203Continuing Midwifery Practice20
MIT6204Women's Health and Diagnostic Reasoning20
MID6201Midwifery Project20

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For more detailed unit information for this course take a look at our Handbook. To organise your life for next semester visit the Semester timetable.

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Course notes

Important course notes

  • Students should note this course takes a minimum of two years to complete. It includes clinical practice experience through clinical midwifery placements, and through a minimum of ten 'continuity of care' clinical experiences, where they meet regularly with women during their pregnancy and perinatal period. Students should also note that five of the units are offered online only.

  • Students are required to complete a number of clinical practicum places throughout the duration of their course.

    Attendance requirements

    This course includes a number of clinical midwifery placements where students will be rostered on shifts over 24 hours, 7 days a week.

    Clearances and/or Risk Management Protocols Required

    To be eligible to undertake clinical practice and fulfil their duty of care, students are required to complete risk management protocols on commencement of the course and carry out amendments in subsequent semesters, as appropriate. Risk management protocols include, but are not restricted to: Certificate of National Police Clearance Department of Health (WA) Criminal Screening Current Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) initial certification required plus annual renewal of certification, courses available via ECU provider Current Manual Handling Certification initial certification required plus annual renewal of certification, courses available via ECU provider Evidence of immunisation status as per the Department of Health schedule, more info at www.health.wa.gov.au/circularsnew/circular.cfm?Circ_ID=12275 MRSA clearance if worked in, or been admitted to, a health facility outside of Western Australia in the 12 months prior to enrolment Working with Children Check, more information at www.checkwwc.wa.gov.au Due to the practical nature of the nursing and midwifery professions, there are inherent performance requirements applicable to this course that may impact upon the success of some potential students. Applicants and students with a disability or other issue likely to impact on their ability to perform in practice are encouraged to contact the Course Coordinator to discuss the support and inherent requirements of this course.

    Professional practice rules

    Students will be expected to comply with the conduct requirements of their clinical placement.

  • Students will need to graduate to be eligible to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. Registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia is required to practice in the profession.

    Enables graduates to apply for registration as a midwife.

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Apply and model communication and collaboration skills in midwifery practice, demonstrating cross-cultural awareness and an enhanced ability to empathise and work with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
  2. Apply cognitive, technical and creative skills to investigate, evaluate and synthesise complex ideas, concepts and theories in authentic midwifery practice situations.
  3. Reflect critically on a complex body of midwifery knowledge and relevant research to demonstrate mastery of midwifery practice.
  4. Use high level self-management skills to initiate, plan and execute a substantial midwifery practice project.

Professional Recognition

Accredited by: Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC)

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Fees and Scholarships

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AUD $4,550 *

* Commonwealth supported - estimated 1st year indicative fee

The 'Estimated 1st year indicative fee' is provided as a guide only, based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. At ECU, you pay for the individual units you enrol in, not an overall course fee, so the total cost of your course will vary, depending on what units you choose. An indicative fee will be provided with your course offer, however you can use our Course Fee Calculator to estimate the actual amount you'll need to pay. ECU fees are adjusted annually.

Scholarships

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    • CRICOS is the Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students. A CRICOS code is allocated to education institutions (like ECU) who are approved to recruit, enrol and deliver education to overseas students. Courses with a CRICOS code are available to international students who meet the entry requirements.

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    • Minors include between 4 and 6 study units in a specific discipline. Not all courses require you to complete a minor. Your minor subject doesn't appear on your printed degree (parchment), but is part of your academic transcript.

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    • If a course is available to study part-time you can generally expect it to take twice as long to complete as it would in full-time mode. Part-time students are enrolled in 1 or 2 units maximum per semester.

      Note: International students who hold a student visa can only choose the full-time study option for our courses. This is to ensure the course is completed within the duration of the student visa.

    • Most courses start in Semester 1 each year, usually in the last week of February. Some courses can be started in Semester 2 (we call this mid-year). There's a week of Orientation before each semester to help you get used to uni life.

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    • We use a points system to make it easier for you to understand your study progress. Most Bachelors degree study units are allocated 15 credit points. If you're studying a 3-year full-time degree you'll need to successfully complete 360 credit points - that's 24 units x 15 points per unit.

    • These are compulsory units you have to successfully complete as part of your course.

    • An elective is a unit you choose to study that counts towards your course requirements, but isn't compulsory. For some courses we recommend elective units. In some situations, a course coordinator may approve an elective unit as a replacement for a compulsory one.

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