Within the postgraduate program you will study professional, socio-political and ethico-legal issues related to childbirth and the family unit. You will also have the opportunity to work in a supportive midwifery setting with experienced and dedicated midwives who are committed to the education of students.
The program involves:
- Orientation to the hospital
- 12 months full time study and clinical practice
- 32 hours/week clinical and 1 day/week university
- Support from educators, preceptors and clinical nurse specialists.
Areas of speciality include:
- Six delivery suites.
- Thirty-six bed postnatal/antenatal ward.
- Level II special care nursery.
- Antenatal clinics with visiting medical officers.
- Community visits with discharge planner.
Applicants should have an undergraduate degree in nursing or an equivalent tertiary qualification. Registered nurses wishing to become midwives are required to complete both a recognised university course in midwifery and be employed as a midwifery student in a maternity service, such as that offered in the Mater graduate diploma program, to gain the necessary clinical experience.
What do past graduates say about the program?
'Really enjoying the placement at the Mater, learning lots and looking forward to spending more time in delivery suite.'
'I feel that I have developed my midwifery skills greatly over the last 12 months. I will continue to learn as I gain more experience.'
'Gaining confidence in all areas and learning to apply the theory into practice.'
'I really enjoyed the program and felt well supported at the hospital.'
'I feel comfortable in my role as a student midwife and realise the benefits of watching the other midwives and learning from them. I am glad I am doing middy and feel lucky to be at the Mater.'
'Really enjoyed the transition from registered nurse to midwife. Very grateful for the wonderful support the midwives, educators and uni staff gave me.'
For more information on the postgraduate program contact the Maternity Educator on (02) 9900 7300 pager 8661 or email.
The Mater Hospital is conveniently located less than two kilometres from the city and between the restaurants of Crows Nest and the business centre of North Sydney.
Friendly and supportive team
We have a very friendly and supportive team of senior staff and clinical nurse educators that welcome enthusiastic nurses who are interested in becoming midwives. Upon completion of the course you will be eligible to apply for registration with the Nurses and Midwives Board of NSW, or national equivalent, to practice as a midwife.