Graduate Certificate in Midwifery (Perinatal Mental Health)
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This graduate certificate will provide you with the practical skills and advanced knowledge needed to provide specialised care, supervision and advice to women prenatally, during pregnancy, labour, birth, and postnatally.
You will advance your current midwifery qualifications by becoming specialised in this progressive field and gain a deeper understanding of postnatal depression and the impact it may have on mothers and their families.
We will help you to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to support women experiencing psychological distress. You can then apply this knowledge to care for women experiencing mental illness during the perinatal period.
Applicants must hold a current practicing certificate as a Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.
You will learn from practicing clinicians and benefit from our award-winning teaching staff and academics.
This postgraduate qualification is a great option for those wanting the flexibility that comes with online learning and workshops on campus – we offer accessible online learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way.
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Learn from award-winning teaching staff, academics and health professionals via our online forums and virtual classrooms. This platform offers you the opportunity to learn from experienced clinicians in the field and build valuable industry networks and relationships.
This qualification is offered online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. You can:
Online study is available but some on-campus workshop attendance is required at the City East campus. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.
Researchers, policy makers, service users and health professionals have highlighted the impact of mental health problems during the perinatal period and the need for improved care in this area. The increasing prevalence of postnatal depression in Australia has led to the introduction of universal psychological assessment by midwives.
Specialist training in the area of mental health will therefore further improve employment prospects for graduates in this rewarding field.
Midwives specialising in perinatal mental health can work in a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as:
Associate Professor Rachael Vernon
This postgraduate qualification will extend the knowledge, skills and attitudes of registered midwives to support their practice in caring for perinatal women experiencing psychological distress or mental illness.
On completion, you will have an advanced understanding of mental health and mental illness in perinatal women, as well as an in-depth knowledge of counselling theory and practice.
For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for learning activities. Depending on your study mode this may include online discussion forums, virtual classroom sessions, lectures, tutorials, workshops and seminars. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects. As a general rule most postgraduate study is completed part-time and if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.
Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:
One of the key benefits of our School of Nursing and Midwifery is our ability to attract and retain internationally renowned researchers. You’ll learn from researchers and academics who are directly connected to industry and all of our clinical teaching staff combine teaching with industry experience.
In addition, our diverse student population means you have the opportunity to gain global and cultural understanding, ideas and insights direct from your peers.
We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.
City East boasts impressive facilities such as purpose-built facilities, health clinics and a fitness centre, open to students and the public. It’s right in the heart of the CBD and adjacent to bustling Rundle Street, with some of Adelaide’s best dining and shopping experiences. Explore City East >
Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support.
Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.
Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.
Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.