This midwifery course is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women who want to become registered midwives.
As with the Bachelor of Midwifery, this course prepares Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to work as entry-level midwives in any maternity setting – focusing on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families.
Students will enrol in this midwifery course in an ‘away-from-base’ capacity. The ‘away-from-base’ mode enables students to live and work in their local community while studying and attending four residentials of one week each in Brisbane throughout the year. The students will also engage with a minimum of ten women to follow their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care journey called their Continuity of Care Experiences (CCE). This experience involves the student recruiting the woman in early pregnancy and attending appointments throughout. If possible, the student attends the labour and birth and follows the woman after discharge home up to six weeks following birth.
The Bachelor of Midwifery (Indigenous) degree will teach you how to:
- manage normal pregnancy and childbirth
- provide effective postnatal, maternal and newborn care
- provide safe and reliable care that meets the individual psychological, emotional, physical, social and spiritual needs of mothers
- promote positive health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and children in rural and remote locations.
3 years full-time or equivalent part-time.
Campus availability and study mode
- Brisbane (Multi-mode)
Study mode definitions
Attendance: Face-to-face and/or via video conference, at an ACU campus or another location.
Multi-mode: A combination of Online and Attendance (including examinations, practicums, residentials, etc.).
Online: Fully online (including assessments).
Sample Course Map
|Year – Study Period||Unit 1||Unit 2||Unit 3||Unit 4|
|Year 1 - Semester 1||HLSC120|
Indigenous health and culture
Human biological science 1
Evidence for practice
Foundations in midwifery
|Year 1 - Semester 2||UNCC100|
Self and community: exploring the anatomy of modern society
The Person, health and wellbeing
Midwifery care of the pregnant woman
(Pre: HLSC122, MIDW127)
Clinical midwifery practice 1
(Pre: BIOL121, MIDW127)
|Year 2 - Semester 1||MIDW246 |
Midwifery care of the postnatal woman and family
Human biological science 2
Midwifery care of the birthing woman
(Pre: MIDW100, MIDW113)
Clinical midwifery practice 2
|Year 2 - Semester 2||HLSC220|
Health care ethics
Perinatal mental health
(Pre: MIDW113, MIDW246, MIDW100 )
Midwifery care of the woman with complex needs
(Pre: BIOL122, MIDW200, MIDW216 )
Clinical midwifery practice 3
(Pre: MIDW200, MIDW216)
|Year 3 - Semester 1||UNCC300|
Justice and change in a global world
The profession of midwifery
Babies needing extra care
(Pre: MIDW201, MIDW217)
Clinical midwifery practice 4: caring for babies
|Year 3 - Semester 2||MIDW353|
The inquiring midwife
Global perspectives on midwifery
Clinical midwifery practice 5
'Pre:' – indicates a unit that must be completed before the next unit can be undertaken (prerequisite).
A blank cell indicates that there are no additional units required for that study period.
This is a sample program only and units will vary between states. Please refer to the handbook for the prerequisite units and the current listing.
Deferment, credit points & course units
- Semester 1 - February
- Semester 2 - To be advised
- Average first year fee: $7035 Commonwealth Supported (indicative only; subject to passage of legislation)
Important Note on Fees
All costs are calculated using current rates and are based on a full-time study load of 40 credit points (normally 4 units) per semester.
A student’s annual fee may vary in accordance with:
- the number of units studied per semester;
- the choice of major or specialisation; and
- elective units.
The University reviews fees annually.
Essential requirements for admission
An applicant must also comply with the Admission to Coursework Programs Policy.
To be eligible for admission to the course, an applicant must have completed the following prerequisites at year 12 level, or equivalent.
Prerequisites: English (4, SA).
The table below shows the range of ATARs/OPs (excludes adjustment factors) and Selection Ranks (may include adjustment factors) achieved by students who were accepted into this course last year. These may vary from year to year. Learn more about admission to ACU.
For those offered places in 2019
|OP||Excluding adjustment factors||Including adjustment factors|
|Highest OP to receive an offer|
|Median OP to receive an offer|
|Lowest OP to receive an offer|
|Rank||Excluding adjustment factors||Including adjustment factors|
|Highest Rank to receive an offer|
|Median Rank to receive an offer|
|Lowest Rank to receive an offer|
Breakdown of how students entered this course last year and in what numbers.
|Number of students||Percentage of all students|
|Higher education study
(Includes a bridging or enabling course)
|Vocational education and training (VET) study||8||57.14%|
Work and life experience
Admitted on the basis of previous achievement other than the basis of Secondary, VET or Higher Education
|Recent secondary education admitted solely on basis of OP/Rank (regardless of whether this includes the impact of adjustment factors such as equity or subject bonus points)||0||0.00%|
|Recent secondary education admitted where both OP/Rank and additional criteria were considered (e.g. portfolio, audition, extra tests, early offer conditional on minimum OP/Rank)||0||0.00%|
|Recent secondary education admitted on the basis of other criteria only and OP/Rank was not a factor (e.g. special consideration, audition alone, schools recommendation scheme with no minimum OP/Rank requirement)||<5||N/P|
- N/P – Not published : the number is hidden to prevent calculation of numbers in cells within less than 5 students.
- <5 – The number of students is less than 5.
There are essential components of a course or unit that demonstrate the capabilities, knowledge and skills to achieve the core learning outcomes of the course or unit. Learn more about inherent requirements and how they affect you, and explore the requirements for your course.
Applying for admission
Graduates can pursue a range of careers including: midwife, consultant midwife, special care nurseries, clinical specialist, pre-natal educator, researcher, family care and child health centre professional.
Students will undertake clinical placements at maternity hospitals and community facilities across Australia. The first clinical placement begins in the first year of the program. Our clinical partners are very important to us and range from small maternity units to large tertiary hospitals. In Queensland partners include the Mater Health Service, St Vincent’s Private Hospital and Redcliffe Hospital. There are many more partners including rural health services where students experience placement.
As part of your course, you will be placed in a range of organisations to integrate the theory you learn with practical workplace experiences (placements). As part of your enrolment, you must complete the Faculty of Health Sciences pre-placement requirements. To ensure you meet these requirements you need to start as soon as possible. Visit ACU’s Work Integrated Learning (WIL) website www.wil.acu.edu.au to view your Pre-Placement Requirements checklist.
Students are required to purchase and wear an ACU student midwife uniform during clinical components of the course. Details regarding uniform purchase is available via ACU's Work Integrated Learning site www.wil.acu.edu.au.
Eligible graduates can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). Please refer to the Registration Standards for Midwives on the AHPRA website.
Students may apply to take part in a community engagement elective in the third year of their studies that offers the opportunity to study a number of women during their pregnancies and undertake approved available overseas study. This presents students with the opportunity to experience different cultural health practices and services.
Pathways to further study
An Honours year is available to meritorious students, with a grade point average of 5.75, who meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Midwifery (Honours).
The Faculty of Health Sciences also offers a suite of postgraduate coursework degrees with specialties including mental health, clinical education, health administration as well as leadership and management in health care.
More course information
The Weemala Indigenous Higher Education Unit at the Brisbane campus provides social, cultural, personal and academic support for Indigenous students undertaking this course. Weemala also assists with the coordination of travel, accommodation and meals whilst students undertake this course.