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Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4GC086 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Degree overview

  • Further your midwifery qualifications by gaining advanced knowledge and practical skills in a progressive field.
  • UniSA offers the only qualification of its kind in Australia for midwives.
  • You will develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to support perinatal women experiencing psychological distress.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of postnatal depression and the impact it has on mothers and their families.
  • Learn from well above world-class researchers1, as well as from academics and industry-experienced clinicians.
  • Be supported by learning resources, available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Benefit from flexible learning options.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



Provide specialised care, supervision and advice to women prenatally, during pregnancy and postnatally with our Graduate Certificate in Midwifery (Perinatal Mental Health).

Designed to advance your career as a Registered Midwife, you will gain the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to support perinatal women experiencing psychological distress, and develop a deeper understanding of postnatal depression and the impact it has on mothers and their families.

What you'll learn

Midwifery students

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.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Perinatal Mental Health in Midwifery NURS 5157 9
Therapeutic Encounters in Mental Health HLTH 5151 9

Study hours

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:

  • critical analysis
  • online activities
  • case studies
  • presentations

Global opportunities

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. 

Global opportunities

Why Graduate Certificate in Midwifery (Perinatal Mental Health)

Why this Degree

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 – we offer accessible online learning facilities and dedicated support staff who are with you every step of the way.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise:

  • we are the largest university in South Australia with more than 31,000 students
  • we are ranked 26th in the world’s top 50 under 501

Our commitment to research with an industry focus is unprecedented in South Australia. In the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation, 97 per cent of our assessed research was rated world-class or above. We are fast becoming a renowned centre of innovation and enterprise in the sectors that will drive Australia's future, including health and biomedicine.

It’s a very good time to choose UniSA for your postgraduate study.

1 2017 QS Top 50 Universities Aged Under 50

Real-world connections

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.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events 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 videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use online forums for team work and communication

Career outcomes

Your career

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:

  • hospitals or private practice
  • women’s health services
  • community services

Industry facts


Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 58,700 (19.7 per cent) by November 20201.

1Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2015


To November 2020, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia - an increase of 250,200 jobs1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017


Healthcare and social assistance has been the primary provider of new jobs in the Australian labour market since the 1990s1.

1Australian Government Department of Employment 2017

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • check the Postgraduate Health Science Closing Dates page for application closing dates
  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application


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 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.

Student services

Student services

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.

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 advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

I have worked as a clinician, manager, clinical educator, academic, researcher and board director, and have been at the helm of national and local changes to organisational systems in nursing practice. I have an interest in aged care in hospital settings, healthcare policy and funding.

AsPr Terri Gibson

Program Director

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Portrait image for AsPr Terri Gibson

AsPr Terri Gibson

Program Director


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What others are saying

UniSA offered a practical and theoretical approach to studying midwifery. Every course offered in both the Bachelor of Midwifery and Graduate Certificate in Midwifery (Perinatal Mental Health) was relevant to a career as a midwife and gave me the opportunity to make an impact on women’s lives from my first year of study.

Natalie Scicluna

Graduate Certificate in Midwifery (Perinatal Mental Health)

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Natalie Scicluna

Graduate Certificate in Midwifery (Perinatal Mental Health)

The University of South Australia understands that quality teaching in nursing and midwifery goes hand-in-hand with industry partnerships. They work collaboratively across all health care services to design industry-informed curriculum.

Jennifer Fereday

Employment: Women’s and Children’s Health Network
Role: Executive Director

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Jennifer Fereday

<br />Employment: Women’s and Children’s Health Network

Staff who have upskilled with postgraduate study really shine through as motivated workers. We often employ people with postgraduate qualifications in our managerial positions as they have equipped themselves with those extra specialised skills.

Jo Boylans

Employment: Southern Cross Care
Role: Director of Operations

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Jo Boylans

<br />Employment: Southern Cross Care

We offer high quality resources to assist student learning, including a simulated hospital and health service integrating the latest technologies, and our teaching is delivered by an outstanding group of nursing, midwifery, and allied health academics and clinicians.

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

Associate Head of School: Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery

Rachael Vernon

Associate Professor Rachael Vernon

Associate Head of School: Academic, School of Nursing and Midwifery