Midwifery is a challenging but hugely rewarding profession. In order to become a midwife you must complete a recognised course of study and become registered. Here is some information to consider if you are interested in pursuing a career as a midwife.
Do I have to be a nurse before I can become a midwife?
It is no longer necessary to be a nurse before becoming a midwife. You can become a midwife by achieving a Bachelor of Midwifery degree, otherwise known as 'direct-entry', which is usually a three year full time course, although most universities offer part time opportunities. There are a number of universities that also offer a combined Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery (dual degree).
How do I apply to be a Midwifery Student?
Here is some information for you to think about before you apply.
I am a Registered Nurse and would like to become a midwife – how do I do that?
There are a number of pathways that registered nurses can undertake to register as midwives. These include completing a Bachelor in Midwifery (with some credit for Recognition of Prior Learning) or completing a Graduate Diploma or Masters degree in midwifery. These courses vary in time between 12-24 months. Each university may offer a slightly different approach but all courses that lead to registration as a midwife in Australia must meet the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Accreditation standards. In In some states, nurses can be employed by local hospitals as midwifery students and need to be enrolled at a university at the same time.
Can I work as a midwife in rural and remote areas if I am not a nurse?
Once you register as a midwife with a Bachelor of Midwifery degree you are legally entitled to work anywhere within your midwifery scope of practice. However, there are some hospitals and facilities, especially in rural and remote areas, that prefer that you have a nursing qualification in addition to a midwifery qualification.
I am male - Can I become a midwife?
Yes, as long as you meet all the requirements of the midwifery program.
I'm qualified internationally. Is my qualification recognised and am I able to practise in Australia?
Please refer to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia for more information on working in Australia.