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What will I learn?

The University of Newcastle Master of Midwifery Studies is designed to develop an in-depth understanding of contemporary midwifery theories and practice which will enable you to demonstrate leadership within the midwifery profession and contemporary maternity services.

Extending your midwifery foundational education in this way will place you in an optimum position to positively influence future midwifery practice and maternity services provision.

What you will study

Grounded in the provision of woman-centred, primary midwifery care, the University of Newcastle Master of Midwifery Studies combines contemporary theories encompassing a holistic view of midwifery, including the social, emotional, cultural and psychophysiological factors which influence health and wellbeing.

Key study areas include:

  • Contemporary Midwifery
  • Midwifery and Cultural Diversity
  • Optimising Childbearing

Introduction to Research in Health Care

To help you achieve your career objectives, you will also have the opportunity to focus your learning by choosing to specialise in any one of the following five specialist areas:

Midwifery primary care - focuses on providing comprehensive woman-centred, midwifery primary care to childbearing women and their babies in a private midwifery practice or working in a midwifery continuity of care group practice model.

Clinical education - focuses on learning to support and teach midwifery students and staff and assist in the development, design, implementation and evaluation of midwifery education and professional development programs of maternity staff.

Research - focuses on conducting research into all aspects of midwifery care, professional issues affecting midwives and midwifery, maternity service provision and translation of health research knowledge into midwifery practice and health policy.

Leadership and management - focuses on the effective management of staffing, policy and financial resources and leading the coordination and delivery of care in a specific ward, department or in community settings.

Family health - focuses on the provision of collaborative, woman-centred care to women and families who may have additional needs, with a specific focus on assessment and intervention for perinatal and infant mental health and drug and alcohol issues as well as support of the parenting partnership.

Career opportunities

Upon completion, you will have developed a solid foundation in contemporary maternity healthcare frameworks, midwifery care and contexts of practice for Indigenous women. By specialising your midwifery qualifications, you will have the knowledge and qualifications to open doorways to roles in midwifery primary care group practice models, clinical education, midwifery management, research and academia, or clinical midwifery specialist and consultant roles.

Prospective career paths may include:

  • midwifery primary care
  • midwifery clinical educator
  • midwifery manager / unit manager
  • midwifery researcher
  • clinical midwife specialist / consultant
  • family health midwife

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Health and Medicine

CRICOS

098482M

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$40,035.00 (21,78,183) per year
The University of Newcastle is pleased to announce a new Study from Home Fee Waiver for commencing international students who cannot study in Australia due to border closures. Do not delay your study plans – start studying online and complete your studies in Australia when borders open. For students who commence studies online and offshore, we are offering a discount of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

22 August 2022

Venue

University of Newcastle

Callaghan Campus,

University Drive,

CALLAGHAN,

New South Wales,

2308, NEWCASTLE, Australia

Online/Distance (1 year)

Tuition fees
A$40,035.00 (21,78,183) per year
The University of Newcastle is pleased to announce a new Study from Home Fee Waiver for commencing international students who cannot study in Australia due to border closures. Do not delay your study plans – start studying online and complete your studies in Australia when borders open. For students who commence studies online and offshore, we are offering a discount of up to 20%.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

22 August 2022

Entry requirements

For students from United States

For admission into the 80-unit program, applicants must have one of the following qualifications or equivalent: Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma; or Bachelor Honours Degree; or Bachelor Degree in a related field plus one year’s relevant work experience; or Diploma or Advanced Diploma plus five years' relevant work experience. For admission into the 120-unit program, applicants must have one of the following qualifications or equivalent: Bachelor Degree in a related field; or At least seven years’ relevant work experience. TOEFL paper-based test score of 550; TOEFL internet-based score of 79; IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5; PTE GSE score of 58; Cambridge English: Advanced score of 58.

For international students

Applicants must be a registered midwife or a registered nurse working in a maternity environment in their own country, with a minimum of one year's experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae.

TOEFL paper-based test score of 550; TOEFL internet-based score of 79; IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5; PTE GSE score of 58; Cambridge English: Advanced score of 58.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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