How to become a midwife
A midwife (which means 'with woman') has the skills and education to independently provide care to well women and their babies through pregnancy, birth and the period immediately following childbirth. In fact, for well women and their babies, 'best practice' is now recognised as being the provision of continuity of care from a known midwife throughout pregnancy and childbirth.
To be a practising midwife in Queensland you need to:
- be a registered nurse, have successfully completed an accredited midwifery program and gained endorsement from the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA); or
- have successfully completed an accredited direct entry midwifery program* and gained endorsement from AHPRA.
*Queensland universities currently do not offer an accredited direct entry midwifery program.
Which program to study?
The Master of Midwifery prepares registered nurses for midwifery endorsement with AHPRA and is based on a midwifery model of care philosophy and Australian College of Midwives competencies.
Applicants must meet certain admission requirements. Entry to this program is via direct application to USQ.
Once students have received an offer of a place from USQ, they are required to apply for a 12-month placement as a part-time paid student midwife at one of USQ's participating hospitals. Students should secure employment at a partner hospital for the clinical year (starts in Year Two) prior to commencing their study in the pre-clinical year (starts in Year One). Please note that there are a limited number of placements available with the partner hospitals.
Support while studying
There are a number of scholarships for midwifery students from USQ, government and professional bodies. A range of academic and personal support services are also available.
The Master of Midwifery is accredited by AHPRA for endorsement to practice as a midwife.
We will assist you to apply to AHPRA during your final months of study. AHPRA will partially process your application and store it until they receive a list of successful graduands from USQ.
Information on career opportunities in midwifery are available from Queensland Health.