Midwifery

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery (GDM) course is characterised by a commitment to provide a caring, supportive and stimulating environment in which students who are already graduated as Registered Nurses learn to become safe, effective and reflective Midwifery practitioners.

ND embraces a philosophy of 'woman centred' midwifery practice which is fundamental to the provision of quality care recognising the uniqueness of every woman and her family.

Students learn in dedicated blocks of study where, as graduate students, they research, enquire, analyse and reflect. Students are immersed in blocks of professional practice experience placements where they learn how to care for women in a variety of settings. Upon graduation GDM students are compassionate and caring, adaptable and flexible workplace ready midwives who have a broad understanding of midwifery in Western Australia and beyond.

Midwifery is a practice based profession and professional practice experience placements will provide the opportunity for students to acquire the midwifery knowledge and skills to meet the requirements necessary for registration. The professional practice experience component is designed so that the theory topics are integrated with practice elements to enable students to directly apply theory to practice. Clinical skills laboratory sessions provide initial learning opportunities. The professional practice experience component of the course consists of a wide range of field placements including public and private hospitals and clinics in both the metropolitan and rural areas. Students therefore experience a variety of placements to ensure that they gain comprehensive knowledge of the areas where midwifery is practiced.

The use of a Midwifery Professional Practice Experience Portfolio, reflective learning exercises and “in-class” debriefing time provide students with opportunities to reflect on practice in a supportive environment.

Professional practice experience is designed to ensure the program meets the ANMC (2009) Standards and Criteria for the Accreditation of Nursing and Midwifery Courses Leading to Registration, Enrolment, Endorsement and Authorisation [as a Midwife] in Australia – with Evidence Guide.

Please note, the calendar for the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery differs from that of the standard ND University calendar. Please refer to the SoNM calendar at nd.edu.au/calendarsandtimetables.

The Graduate Diploma of Midwifery Team

Academic Team
Sheena McChleryCourse Coordinator / Senior Lecturer9433 0216
Kirstie Balding             Lecturer9433 0770
Dr. Judith Wilson             Midwifery Academic Consultant9433 0103

Professional Practice Team
Naomi Chapman         Professional Practice Coordinator9433 0767

Administration
Alison O’MearaAdministration Officer9433 0977
alison.omeara@nd.ed.au
Continuity of Care Enquiries:ccemidwifery@nd.edu.au
Professional Practice Enquiries:midwifery.professionalpractice@nd.edu.au