The Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery combines theory and practice in a hands-on one-year distance education course aimed at allowing registered nurses in all midwifery settings (both rural and urban) to remain in their communities while achieving their midwifery qualification.
Charles Sturt University has many years of experience in educating midwifery students to the level that is required for registration as midwives with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) Nursing and Midwifery Board.
The midwifery course at Charles Sturt University commenced in 1990 after concern was raised by local maternity services about decreasing numbers of midwives in rural NSW. The course has grown to a eight-subject Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery, with over 50 hospitals approved to have midwifery students in ACT, NSW, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Victoria.
The CSU Postgraduate Diploma model is unique. It has been designed to allow registered nurses to work in a maternity unit for the duration of the course in midwifery practice while studying the theoretical component by distance education. Students only work in midwifery, rather than care for general patients, during their midwifery practice hours. Upon successful completion of the two components (midwifery practice and academic study), students are eligible to apply for registration as a midwife with the AHPRA Nursing and Midwifery Board.
Study by distance education provides opportunities for rural students to remain in their communities and achieve a midwifery qualification. The program is also increasingly utilised by urban students in city hospitals.
Registered midwives who wish to gain a Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery can also enter this program and will not need to complete any practical component or to attend residential schools.
It is the responsibility of any Registered Nurse wishing to undertake this course to become a Registered Midwife to first seek employment as a midwifery student in a hospital with an accredited maternity unit. Application processes differ depending on where you wish to undertake your midwifery practice placement.
If you wish to be employed as a midwifery student in a NSW public hospital, you must apply between early July and early August in the year prior to which you wish to enrol.
Application closing dates will be determined in relation to hospital acceptance notifications. Hospitals need to notify the University prior to 1 May for the Session 2 intake, and 1 November for the Session 1 intake. Contact info.csu on 1800 334 733 (free call) or make an online enquiry for further details.
Registered midwives wishing to upgrade their qualifications will receive an initial credit package of 24 points (the midwifery practice subject), with up to a further 8 credit points available, depending on midwifery experiences and qualifications.
After successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma of Midwifery, students continuing on to study CSU's Master of Midwifery can apply for 64 points credit.
Information on scholarships is available from the following sources:
Students, who are not registered midwives are required to attend two compulsory residential schools at Charles Sturt University's Wagga Wagga Campus.
The first is held before the start of midwifery practice and is of six days' duration. This school aims to:
The second five-day residential school is usually held half-way through the duration of the course. It provides formal lectures and opportunities for students to explore areas of midwifery practice in depth.
To graduate and be eligible for registration as a midwife, students must satisfactorily complete 64 points comprising six compulsory subjects and completion of a concurrent 12 month midwifery practice (four days per week) component undertaken during enrolment in the course.
To study this course, you will need to indicate your likelihood of success through previous studies and other attainments and experience.
When weighing up the costs of study, consider the benefits of having the qualification you need to achieve your personal and professional goals.
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