Study Midwifery at Western Sydney University
Our Midwifery courses have been designed to develop caring and reflective midwives with the skills to support women and their families during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period.
There is a practical component within the Bachelor of Midwifery and the Graduate Diploma in Midwifery. The practical may occur within hospitals, such as antenatal clinics and wards, birthing units, postnatal wards, newborn nursery and within community health settings. The practice experience also includes placement with caseload midwives, privately practicing midwives and child and family health professionals.
Graduates will develop skills to work in partnership with women and collaborate with other members of the health care team in order to provide 'woman centred' care. During your studies you will learn about midwifery knowledge and practice, the principles of primary health care and cultural safety, and how to translate theory and research into practice.
Career Opportunities for Midwifery Graduates
Throughout their degree, students will also be required to meet and work in partnership with 10 women to gain experience in midwifery continuity of care. Under the supervision of a registered midwife, students will follow the women through their pregnancy, labour and birth and during the postnatal period for up to six weeks. These continuity of care experiences will be spread across the three years: two in first year, three in second year and five in the third year. Practice placement will occur across the calendar year. The majority of practice placements will occur within one Local Health District.
Registered midwives have the opportunity to work in a number of settings that include hospitals, in metropolitan, rural, and remote areas as well as the community (including home). Midwives can be self- employed and work as privately practising midwives, be employed in public and private hospitals and work in caseload midwifery programs and group midwifery practice. Their roles include antenatal, postnatal and birthing care, research, education, management and policy development.