Our programs focus on the continuity of care approach. We provide learning opportunities to prepare the students to function as reflective, compassionate, safe and competent midwives. Our programs qualify for ‘away from base’ funding for Indigenous students.
Bachelor of Midwifery
The Bachelor of Midwifery prepares students for the role of Registered Midwife. As a Bachelor of Midwifery student, you will apply your knowledge and skills from the first year by commencing continuity of care journeys with childbearing women.
We work closely with midwife-led clinics, including birth centres and caseload midwifery programs, giving students a minimum of 20 midwifery care experiences. Students will work with a midwife, or team of midwives, supporting childbearing women through pregnancy, birth and postnatal care. Towards the end of the course, students will take on a small caseload of women as the primary carer, under the supervision of a Registered Midwife.
Clinical training blocks
Otherwise known as ‘sim blocks’, clinical training blocks are compulsory one-week study blocks held at our purpose-built simulation labs in Darwin. Clinical training blocks allow students to learn and practice their clinical skills in a simulated environment before clinical placement.
Our dedicated staff work with students during the five-day intensive program to practice specified midwifery interventions, integrate theory into practice and develop an understanding of the requirements of professional midwifery practice according to the NMBA Competency Standards (2006).
If you have an interest in rural, remote and Indigenous women’s health, you are in the right place. We offer clinical placements across Australia and in Bali, with an emphasis on rural and remote health in the Northern Territory.
Indigenous women’s health
The College recently launched the Molly Wardaguga Research Centre, named in honour of Aboriginal elder and Senior Aboriginal Health Worker from Arnhem Land, Molly Wardaguga, who was a strong advocate for returning health services to Aboriginal control and Aboriginal communities.
Led by co-directors, Professor Sue Kildea and Associate Professor Yvette Roe, the new research group will have a broad reach, using research to work with communities and stakeholders to redesign maternal and infant health services for the best start in life for mothers and babies in the NT and across Australia.
The Bachelor of Midwifery Employed Model Program is a two-year program delivered online at a part-time study load (0.75 EFT study load, which is three units per semester) with paid employment offered through the Top End Health Service and the Central Australia Health Service on full-time or fixed part-time contacts.
Every year, a two-week clinical placement in Bali is offered to Bachelor of Midwifery students as part of their Global Perspectives unit. Students will experience Indonesian midwifery practices across a range of facilities and be immersed in the life of an Indonesian midwife, supporting mothers and babies from pregnancy to five-years old.
Symbiotic midwifery practice and learning will be the focus of a joint Australian-Balinese Midwifery research project in July this year. The study aims to identify ways to improve shared learning between students from resource advantaged and resource-constrained countries.
The College of Nursing and Midwifery is pleased to announce the appointment of Associate Professor Donna Hartz, who will be based at our Sydney campus. Assoc Prof Hartz will lecture in the Bachelor of Midwifery and postgraduate Child and Family Health programs. She will also continue her research into Birthing on Country and Aboriginal maternal health, and looks forward to expanding her existing HDR student cohort.