Start Date

0.5 year(s) full-time

Program Code

Study as
Part-time only


$AU 3,120 per 0.5 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2024

Degree overview

  • This degree is exclusively for SA Health-employed Registered Midwives who have been endorsed by their employer to study.
  • Students can apply for the SA Health Clinical Specialisation Program scholarship to study their first course for free.
  • Build your knowledge and skills in extended areas of midwifery practice while working in industry.
  • Use this qualification as a pathway to further learning, including the Master of Midwifery.
  • Study at a university with well-above world-class research in midwifery.1
  • Be supported by learning resources, available to you 24/7.
  • Study with South Australia’s No.1 university for student satisfaction in health.2
  • Benefit from flexible learning options, with both full and part-time study modes available.

1Results in Nursing - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). 2ComparED (QILT) Course Experience Questionnaire 2021-22, Health Services and Support – Overall Satisfaction Indicator (Domestic Postgraduate). SA Public universities.



This degree is exclusively for SA Health-employed Registered Midwives who have been endorsed by their employer to study.

This graduate certificate is delivered by UniSA as part of the Clinical Specialisation Program, an SA Health sponsored opportunity for Registered Nurses and Midwives to undertake an accelerated pathway into further clinical specialisations.

Students can apply for the Clinical Specialisation Program scholarship and have their first course fully funded by SA Health.

The Graduate Certificate in Midwifery is designed to provide Registered Midwives with a postgraduate qualification in midwifery and prepares you to work in diverse midwifery settings. Learn from academic staff who are experts in their specialty area, and apply your learnings from this degree directly to your own work context.

High achieving students can seek further financial support from their employer at SA Health to study a second course, and complete the full graduate certificate funded by SA Health via the SA Health Recognising Academic Achievement Scholarship.

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You'll choose two courses from a range of specialist midwifery topics, including high-acuity midwifery or neonatal, perinatal mental health, recovery practice in mental health, clinical decision-making practice and leadership.

With this model you can tailor your learning to suit your career goals, and graduate with a range of knowledge and skills needed to provide holistic, supportive, and informed care at every stage of the pregnancy journey.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
Must complete any two 9-unit courses from the following schedule:
Introduction to High Acuity Nursing and Midwifery NURS 5172 9
Perinatal Mental Health for Health Professionals NURS 5157 9
Skills for Recovery Practice in Mental Health NURS 5160 9
Decision-Making for Midwifery and Nursing Practice NURS 5171 9
Leadership and Management in Nursing and Midwifery NURS 5150 9

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for planned learning activities. Depending on your study mode, these activities may include online discussion forums, virtual classroom sessions, lectures, tutorials, workshops, and seminars. You will also need to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings, and projects.

As a rule, most postgraduate study is completed part-time. If you are studying full-time, your studies should be treated like a full-time job, with approximately 35-40 hours of study per week. The full sum of these hours should balance your planned learning activities and your own independent study.

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 Graduate Certificate in Midwifery (SA Health Clinical Specialisation Program)

Why this Degree

This degree prepares you to further your career and make an advanced contribution to midwifery practice. 

You'll build important industry relationships when you learn from experienced clinicians and acclaimed researchers, and benefit from our leading midwifery teaching staff and academics.

We’re home to the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre, in partnership with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation’s South Australian branch (ANMFSA), where leading researchers are working to strengthen the role of the nursing and midwifery professions across the health system.

As Australia’s University of Enterprise, we’re:

  • No.1 in Australia for research impact and engagement.1
  • One of the World's Top Young Universities.2
  • In the World Top 100 for nursing.3

Our flexible suite of postgraduate midwifery qualifications are designed to recognise your prior learning and advance your career. Upon successful completion of this graduate certificate, you may then be eligible to gain credit into the Master of Midwifery and reduce the overall duration of your study.

12018 ARC Engagement and Impact Assessment (EI), Combined Impact – Approach to Impact and Engagement on Assessed Fields. 2Ranked #52, 2023 THE Young University Rankings. 32023 QS Subject Rankings.

Online study

Online study

Part, or all, of this degree can be studied online. This means that 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 discussion forums for team work and communication

With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment, you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle. 

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any applicable requirements will be detailed on individual course pages.

Advance your Midwifery Career with Postgraduate Study

Hear from Dr. Allison Roderick, UniSA's Program Director of Postgraduate Nursing and Midwifery Programs, on how postgraduate study can take your career as a Midwife even further.

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Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates are qualified to practise across a wide variety of healthcare settings, such as:

  • hospitals 
  • women’s health services
  • community services

This qualification can lead on to further study with the Master of Midwifery where you extend your skills in midwifery practice, policy, education and leadership.

Industry facts


Employment for midwifery and nursing professionals in Australia is projected to increase by 56,100 (16.2% per cent) by November 2025.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


To November 2025, healthcare and social assistance is projected to make the largest contribution to employment growth in Australia – an increase of 249,500 jobs.

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2020


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

Australian Government Department of Employment, Occupational Employment Projections 2019

How to apply

Applications for February 2024 intake are now closed.

Applying to study with us:


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 spaces 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those 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 program director

I have worked as a clinician, clinical educator and academic, working extensively within the international and post-graduate portfolio, particularly the re-entry to practice program. I have an interest in improving the learning experience for international students and policy underpinning re-entry to clinical practice.

Dr Allison Roderick

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Allison Roderick

Dr Allison Roderick

Program Director


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What others are saying

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

Executive Director | Women’s and Children’s Health Network

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Jennifer Fereday

Executive Director | Women’s and Children’s Health Network

In my field, there is an indefinite pool of knowledge to tap into. The process of being engaged in learning at a postgraduate level, with current research and evidence-based information, keeps my scepticism in check and helps me remain curious. Having my employer cover my tuition fees due to my academic achievements is very rewarding. It encourages me to continue striving to learn and improve my skills.

Lauren Alexander

Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Critical Care Nursing)
Registered Nurse | SA Health

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Lauren Alexander

Graduate Certificate in Nursing (Critical Care Nursing)
Registered Nurse | SA Health

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