Start Date
February

Duration
3 year(s) full-time

Mode
On-campus/Online

Program Code
IBMW

SATAC Code
474081 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Prerequisites
None

Assumed Knowledge
None

Entry Scores
2023 Guaranteed Entry
Year 12 (ATAR-based): 93.00
Year 12 (Grades-based): NA
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2022 Cut-Offs
Year 12 (ATAR-based):
- Internal: 93.80
TAFE/RTO: Adv Dip
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Degree overview

  • Deliver life-changing outcomes to women by providing them with care, support and advice during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period.
  • Learn in our unique, clinician-led, on-campus simulated hospital and health service with expert clinical and academic staff.
  • Study at a university with well above world-class research in midwifery.1
  • Be directly and actively involved in a minimum of 30 births and work alongside practicing midwives.
  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities modelled on the local Mount Gambier hospital.
  • Embark on clinical placements from your first year of study.
  • Join South Australia’s No.1 university for graduate careers in health.2
  • Our graduates satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
  • UniSA is an unstoppable university for unstoppable people3. As one of the World’s Top Young Universities4, we’ll ensure you get the experience your future profession demands so it’ll feel like you’re studying one minute and in a career the next.

1Results in Nursing - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019-21, Health Services and Support – Overall Employment Indicator (Undergraduate and Postgraduate). SA public universities. 3UNSTOPPABLE® is a Kellogg Company trade mark used under licence. 4Ranked #46, 2022 THE Young University Rankings, Ranked #29, 2021 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50.

Snapshot

Midwifery students

Midwives provide critical care at one of the most important times in a woman’s life. This degree will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge needed to expertly provide that care.

You can study midwifery online and complete your intensive clinical workshops at UniSA’s state-of-the-art Mount Gambier Learning Centre, including facilities modelled on Mount Gambier’s local hospital. Hone your midwifery skills in our clinician-led, on-campus simulated hospital and health service, which is the only one of its kind in South Australia.

You’ll also embark on real-world, hands-on clinical placements under the supervision of registered midwives, following women during their unique pregnancy, birth and postnatal journeys.

Further study opportunities may include a Graduate Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health, Master of Midwifery, or Master of Health Services Management.

What you'll need

Students who undertake activities where interaction with women/the public is required for their degree, such as field or clinical placements/visits and in University clinics and gyms, must demonstrate they meet mandatory pre-placement conditional requirements. These include criminal history clearance, a Working with Children Check and immunisation requirements. Please visit the Clinical Placement Unit for information on key requirements, and to access the full student checklists. On entry to the qualification you'll be required to confirm that you meet the ‘Fitness to Practice in Clinical Placements’ requirements.

All students enrolled in a program leading to professional registration must be registered with the relevant national board. The student registration process is completed by the University with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) after enrolment. No fees apply.

Students who elect to study this program externally must attend mandatory on-campus workshops, continuity of care experiences (CoCE), and undertake all clinical placements in South Australia.  

Interstate students must be aware that they are required to attend regular on campus workshops and all clinical placements/CoCE in South Australia.

What you'll learn

Midwifery students

You'll learn how to expertly provide midwifery care, along with the legal and ethical responsibilities of midwives. You'll also explore the political, socio-cultural, economic and technological influences on midwifery practices today. 

There is a strong focus on theory and practical experience, so much of your learning is done in our clinician-led, simulated hospital environment. Here you'll have the opportunity to practice your skills through real-life scenarios and feel confident and prepared for clinical practice. This simulated hospital environment, featuring state-of-the-art equipment and a community of ‘residents’, is the only one of its kind in South Australia.

You’ll embark on clinical placements across metro, regional and rural hospitals and health services, under the supervision of registered midwives. During these placements you’ll be actively involved in a minimum of 30 normal births, and in the pre- and post-birth care of at least 100 women. You'll also follow 15 women through their pregnancy and birth journeys through the Continuity of Care Experience (CoCE).

All midwifery students will need to complete clinical placements and Continuity of Care experiences in South Australia. They must be completed on a full-time basis, and shift work will be required over a seven-day roster. Due to the on-call nature of 'continuity of care', students may be required to carry these out over more than one study period.

If you're a Registered Nurse looking to study this degree, you may be eligible to apply for credit.

You can gain an extra qualification and broaden your career prospects by completing a Diploma in Languages.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Year 1 - Introduction to Midwifery Practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Evidence Based Midwifery NURS 1074 4.5
Human Body 1 BIOL 1047 4.5
Primary Midwifery Practice NURS 1075 9 Note(s): 2 Rule(s): 7,12
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6), Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Foundation Practicum 1 NURS 1056 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4
Human Body 2 BIOL 1048 4.5
First Peoples' Health HLTH 1047 4.5
Healthy Mothers and Babies NURS 1059 4.5
Year 2 - Developing Midwifery Competence
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Complex Care of the Woman NURS 2042 9 Rule(s): 7,12
Fetal and Maternal Pathophysiology BIOL 2056 4.5 Rule(s): 12
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Development Practicum 2 NURS 2039 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6), Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Complex Care of the Neonate NURS 2038 9 Rule(s): 7,12
Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapeutics for Midwives PHAR 2025 4.5
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Practice Development Practicum 3 NURS 2036 4.5 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4
Year 3 - Transition to Midwifery Professional Practice
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Women's Health Across the Lifespan NURS 3057 4.5 Rule(s): 12
Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing NURS 3054 4.5 Rule(s): 12
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Transition Practicum 4 NURS 3052 9 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6), Summer Term (Study Period 7)
Becoming a Midwife NURS 3047 4.5 Rule(s): 12
Experiential Learning Activity: Midwifery Transition Practicum 5 NURS 3053 9 Note(s): 1,2,3,4,5 Rule(s): 4
Midwifery Project NURS 3049 4.5

Study hours

For each course you study, time will need to be allocated to various classes such as tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. You’ll also need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). As a general rule, if you’re studying full-time, you’ll need to allocate an average of 40 hours per week. 

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies will incorporate practical, professionally focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • quizzes
  • presentations
  • debates
  • assignments
  • portfolios
  • clinical activities
  • exams
  • online activities.

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

Why Bachelor of Midwifery (Mount Gambier)

Midwifery students

Prepare for a highly rewarding career in maternity care and women’s health with a degree that balances theory with practical experience.

The Mount Gambier campus has undergone a $12.5 million facility upgrade, which means you’ll have access to the latest equipment. Specialist health-related teaching facilities include state-of-the-art, practice-based midwifery facilities modelled on the local hospital in Mount Gambier.

You’ll learn in our Horizon Hospital and Health Service: a clinician-led, authentic simulated hospital and digital health service, located across our Mount Gambier, Whyalla and City East campuses. 

Incorporating a birthing suite, special care nursery and postnatal area, our state-of-the-art simulated hospital includes a virtual health community of women and their families – designed to enhance and support your understanding of real-world midwifery practice.

The ‘women of Horizon’ are interactive manikins, including birthing manikins, which can be programmed to simulate various birth scenarios. The women have their own personal stories, relationships and health histories, along with pregnancy care records.

You’ll learn from experienced clinicians and teaching staff who are leaders of their fields in midwifery practice. From these teachers you'll study a curriculum informed by well above world-class research.1 This means you’re assured the very best in academic resources, learning facilities and support for a truly unstoppable career in woman-centred care. 

To fast track your practical experience on-campus, you'll also embark on all-important clinical placements with our placement partners.

You’ll graduate with the academic requirements needed for registration as a midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

1Results in Nursing - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

Real-world connections

Put your clinical skills into practice, and build valuable professional networks and relationships while you study.

You‘ll complete clinical placements across community clinics, home visits, and maternity hospitals, and be actively involved in at least 30 births. You’ll also participate in our Continuity Of Care Experience (CoCE) program, as well as gain exposure to UniSA’s on-campus Midwifery Clinic which is open to the public. We host regular University-wide alumni events, employee master classes and employment expos in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

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:

  • study online, including accessing access videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use online forums for teamwork and communication

As this is a hands-on qualification, on-campus attendance for workshops and seminars as well as in-person attendance at clinical placements in South Australia is required. Students must attend scheduled on-campus workshops held at either the Mount Gambier, Adelaide or Whyalla campuses and participate in CoCE activities in South Australia. These requirements are detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

Midwives are at forefront of maternity care in Australia, providing guidance, support and advice to women throughout pregnancy, labour, birth and in the postnatal transition. Midwives play a central role in the promotion of normal birth, which includes screening, assessments, detection of complications and providing emergency care to both the woman and her baby in collaboration with other health professionals. Midwives also play a significant role in health education such as family planning, preparing for birth, parenting and infant care.

The demand for nurses and midwives in the regions continues to grow. South Australia's Rural Nursing and Midwifery Workforce Plan recognises the critical services they provide to families and the broader community; and the need for a strong, available and sustainable workforce. It's the perfect time to build a highly respected and in-demand career in this field.

Registered Midwives work in multidisciplinary healthcare teams in many settings, such as:

  • community services
  • public or private hospitals
  • rural and remote healthcare
  • home-based services
  • health agencies
  • midwifery education
  • research.


As a Midwife, you have the opportunity to undertake further study in the areas of research with a Masters by Research or strengthen your supervisory skills with a Graduate Certificate in Health Science (Clinical Education). Other options include the Graduate Certificate in Perinatal Mental Health and the Master of Midwifery.

Graduates may complete the Transition to Professional Practice Program with a participating employer.

1SA Rural Nursing and Midwifery Workforce Plan 2021-26

Professional accreditation and recognition

Graduates satisfy the academic requirements for registration with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The requirements for registration are determined by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Industry facts

job-listings

Employment for midwifery professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 21.6% by November 2026.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021

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To November 2026, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 301,000 jobs.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 20210

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Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s.

Australian Government National Skills Commission Employment Projections 2021 

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • Go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply.
  • You'll be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application.

Alternative Pathways

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Deferment

This degree is available for deferment. This option is made available by responding to your offer during the application process via the SATAC website. Applicants who receive an offer into a midyear degree are eligible to defer for six months.

Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern tutorial rooms, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Our Mount Gambier Learning Centre features state-of-the-art facilities and study spaces, including the very latest in information and communications technology, so you can quickly access resources online. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and loads more.

Student services

Student services

Our student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • academic counselling
  • personal counselling
  • social support services, including family support and nearby childcare
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • career services and mentoring
  • Wirringka Student Services, offering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students a supportive place to study
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

24/7 digital environment

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.

Student services

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with modern facilities including lecture theatres, libraries and laboratories, as well as spaces that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your study spaces

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The Horizon Hospital and Health Service (HHHS) is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art clinical learning environment fully led by practising registered nurses and midwives (clinicians). The only one of its kind in South Australia, this is populated by women and their families who live in our Horizon City and Community – a virtual health community.

It is designed to facilitate, enhance and support your understanding of real-world midwifery practice. The people of Horizon not only include interactive manikins, like birthing manikins who can be programmed to simulate a range of birth scenarios. They each have their own personal stories, relationships and health histories, along with pregnancy care records. This will complement your off-campus clinical placements throughout your degree.

You’ll also have access to a range of on-campus spaces including modern lecture theatres, collaborative teaching rooms and relaxed student lounges.

Your program director

I am privileged to have worked with women and families for over 20 years as a Registered Midwife. I now have the opportunity to contribute to the education of the next generation of midwives. The entire midwifery team is committed to the highest quality of teaching and learning that is underpinned by research and with strong ties to our industry partners. Studying a Bachelor of Midwifery at UniSA ensures that graduates are prepared to work to the full scope of midwifery practice.

Dr Angela Brown

Program Director

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What others are saying

I chose to study midwifery after hearing a young Cambodian woman recall saying goodbye to her pregnant mother as a small girl in a remote village. I thought ‘someone should do something about this’ but couldn’t find any organisations that worked with the desperately poor in remote provinces, so I thought, ‘I could go to university, get qualified and come back to help them!'

Kate Taylor

Bachelor of Midwifery
Registered Midwife, Founder of The 2h Project, Lyell McEwin Hospital, and UniSA Clinical Facilitator and Educator

Kate Taylor, Midwifery

Kate Taylor

Bachelor of Midwifery
Registered Midwife, Founder of The 2h Project, Lyell McEwin Hospital, and UniSA Clinical Facilitator and Educator

I am the inaugural recipient of the Gwendoline Dinah Henderson Annual Midwifery Scholarship, named in honour of a highly decorated WW2 nurse who hoped to support regional and rural nurses to undertake midwifery training. This scholarship has helped me cover costs whilst on clinical placements, being placed in both metropolitan and regional hospitals where I gained a wonderful insight into a range of incredible experiences. 

Rosie Wallace

Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery
Registered Nurse, Port Pirie Hospital

Rosie Wallace

Rosie Wallace

Bachelor of Nursing, Bachelor of Midwifery
Registered Nurse, Port Pirie Hospital