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Undergraduate Midwifery

What is midwifery?

Midwife means ‘with woman’ and midwifery is both art (sensitivity) and science. Midwifery is founded on respect for women and on a strong belief in the value of women’s work of bearing and rearing the next generation.

Healthy communities are made up of healthy people, families and individuals.

Through the partnership approach to care, and support of the normalcy and sociality of birth, midwives are building the capacity that is fundamental to healthy parenting and thus to healthy communities.

Midwifery is a key public health strategy in Australia.

The midwife is recognised as a responsible and accountable professional who works in partnership with women to give the necessary support, care and advice during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum period, to conduct births on the midwife’s own responsibility and to provide care for the newborn and the infant.

This care includes preventative measures, the promotion of normal birth, the detection of complications in the mother and child, the accessing of medical care or other appropriate assistance and the carrying out of emergency measures.

The midwife has an important task in health counselling and education, not only for the woman, but also within the family and the community. This work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood and may extend to women’s health, sexual or reproductive health and child care.

A midwife may practice in any setting including the home, community, hospitals or health centres’ (ICM 2011).

The School of Health offers high quality postgraduate nursing programs across responsive to industry and regional needs.

A CDU midwifery graduate will be ... arrow

  • a competent, caring, compassionate, reflective health professional who is a problem solver, critical thinker and who can make informed decisions in the organisation and management of health care to all members of the Australian population and her neighbours.
  • a knowledgeable worker who can communicate respectfully across different cultures and within the health profession and who can access and retrieve information and use technology to inform their practice within a legal and ethical framework, and as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Graduate attributes arrow

Graduates will have the ability to meet the challenges of working with a culturally diverse population with complex and varied health needs.

Graduates will demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning and possess the ability to evaluate their effectiveness in relation to population demographics and evolving professional roles.

BMID graduates attributes:

  • They can use information technologies to identify, retrieve, evaluate and use research based evidence, and recognize learning opportunities in workplace and from other health professionals, to improve standards of midwifery practice
  • Are able to think critically, analyse and synthesis evidence to identify and solve problems and employ ethical decision making processes within midwifery to enable improvement and has a commitment to reflecting upon personal values for continued professional development
  • They can critically evaluate their own and others practice that will extend midwifery
  • Has an understanding of the theoretical and technical concepts, in midwifery, that transcends any specific cultural or professional context and that allows culturally safe application of knowledge
  • Demonstrates effective communication strategies appropriate to the situation [academic, professional or healthcare environment]
  • Can collaborate effectively with clients, peers and other health care professionals in a multidisciplinary team to identify and address current issues to improve standards in midwifery practice
  • Is able to promote attitudes that reveal due regard for cultural diversity with a commitment to the sustainable development of social capital fundamental to midwifery
  • Can function effectively and constructively within the complexities of health systems locally, nationally and internationally
  • Can actively contribute to the development of other health professionals.

Specific learning outcomes for the BMid arrow

The specific learning outcomes for the BMID are as follows: The BMID graduate is able to:

  • exhibit effective conceptual, theoretical and practical knowledge related to midwifery care
  • espouse the centrality of the relationship with women to the practice of midwifery
  • initiate, maintain and conclude satisfying partnerships with women and their families
  • utilise the principles of primary health care as the foundation for midwifery care
  • demonstrate attitudes that reveal due regard to cultural diversity
  • participate effectively within interdisciplinary teams
  • demonstrate a sense of inquiry and a commitment to lifelong learning Inform midwifery practice using current best evidence
  • utilise the principles of evidence-based practice to inform decision making in midwifery
  • actively contribute to the development of midwifery knowledge and practice
  • engage in regular critical reflection on own practice
  • demonstrate competence in midwifery care in accordance with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Board's National Competency Standards for the Midwife(2006) and the relevant Codes of Professional Practice
  • Provide skilled midwifery care to women and their babies according to the international definition of the role and sphere of practice of the Midwife (2011).
  • Actively support midwifery as a public health strategy.


Bachelor of Midwifery (WMIDW1)

More information about studying with CDU can be found at Orientation and Beyond.

Information for students

Clinical Placement Unit Summary

Introduction to Midwifery Practice
Five day University-based clinical teaching block10 day placement
(80 hours)
Community Midwifery
Fundamental Midwifery Skills
Five day University-based clinical teaching block15 day placement
(120 hours)
Ante/Intra/Postnatal inpatient areas
Professional Midwifery Practice 1
Five day University-based clinical teaching block30 day placement
(240 hours)
Professional Midwifery Practice 2
No CTB30 day placement
(240 hours)
Women's Health
No CTB10 day placement
(80 hours)
Well women/family planning/acute care medical & surgical
Professional Midwifery Practice 3
Five day University-based clinical teaching block30 day placement
(240 hours)
Community Midwifery/hospital Midwifery
Professional Midwifery Practice 4
No CTB30 day placement
(240 hours)
Community Midwifery/hospital Midwifery
Specialist Neonatal Care
No CTB15 day placement
(120 hours)
Special care nursery level 2

Total Hours = 1360 - Accumulated over the duration of the course.

Information for students

Enrolment conditions for prospective Bachelor of Midwifery students

Thank you for applying to enter the Charles Darwin University (CDU) Bachelor of Midwifery program. CDU is uniquely positioned to provide our students with midwifery placements in community, rural, remote and tertiary settings with a strong Indigenous maternal/infant health focus.

As the only university in the Northern Territory (NT), CDU has developed strong partnerships with all public hospitals, the only private hospital, and a wide range of community, mental and allied health providers throughout the NT. Similarly CDU maintains excellent relationships with many interstate facilities enabling students to attend quality placements close to home. However in some areas students will need to travel within their state to attend placements.

Students doing their placements both in the NT and interstate enjoy a singular educational experience.

Before you accept an offer, CDU would like to provide you with some important information regarding the practicum components of this degree.

Please read all the information in the link below about Clinical Teaching Blocks (CTBs), placements and preclinical requirements before accepting our offer.

Enrolment conditions

Clinical Training Blocks

CTB (Clinical Training Block) is an integral component of four clinical units: MID101, MID102, MID202 and MID303.  Attending placement for MID204, MID301, MID306 and MID307 is dependent on successful completion of earlier CTBs and pre-requisite units.  The four Clinical Teaching Blocks are mandatory and must be successfully completed prior to students attending clinical placements.

A CTB is a five day intensive program which provides students with an opportunity to practice specific midwifery interventions, integrate theory into practice and develop an understanding of the requirements of professional midwifery practice according to the NMBA Competency Standards for the Midwife (2006). It is also a great opportunity for students to meet each other, form friendships and study groups and get to know the lecturers who teach in the CTB.

Nominations for Midwifery Clinical Training Blocks will open Monday 6th November at 8.00am and close Sunday 19th November at 11.59pm.

All students are required to nominate during this date period via the portal.cdu.edu.au

Online Placement Nomination


All students must nominate for a placement unit and and enrol. To be eligible for a placement unit, students must have successfully completed the pre-requisite units and have a green light for their pre-clinicals.

Students will need to activate their student email account to receive the emails announcing the opening and closing of nominations and for other important announcements from the Placement Office.

There are limited opportunities in the Bachelor of Midwifery to nominate your placement venue. Placements are carefully planned and reflect the unit under study.

Please discuss your requirements with the midwifery course coordinator before filling out a nomination form. Students are not permitted to arrange their own placements.

Clinical placement information

Clinical placement information

Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Midwifery at Charles Darwin University (CDU) who are undertaking units which involve a clinical placement must meet all pre-clinical requirements set by the University.

This ensures compliance with State/Territory legislation and Health Care Facility requirements.

All mandatory documentation is to be submitted prior to the nomination period for each placement unit. Students will not be assigned to a Clinical Training Block (CTB) and will not be eligible for a placement if documents are not submitted. Students already enrolled in a placement unit will not have placements found for them until they have met the pre-clinical requirements.

Some requirements will take longer to obtain so students are to advise the Pre-Clinical Coordinator of what is missing and provide evidence of having commenced the process to obtain these documents. If students have concerns about obtaining their pre-clincial documents, they are encouraged to speak to the Pre-Clinical Coordinator by email at preclinical@cdu.edu.au or phone 08 8946 7035.

Some required documents will expire during a student's studies. It is the responsibility of the student to provide updated/current documents PRIOR to the expiry date of the documents that have previously been provided.

Find out more about pre-clinical requirements.

All documentation needs to be submitted as certified true copies:

Via email (in pdf format) preclinical@cdu.edu.au

Or by post to the following address:

Charles Darwin University
EHSE Preclinical Coordinator, Blue 5
Darwin, NT 0909 

Or in person to Blue 5.1.50 on the Casuarina campus.

Please mention the student number and the study course on the top right corner of each preclinical document.

Bachelor of Midwifery students can log in to check their own pre-clinical status by clicking on the below button:

Pre-clinical status button


Placement Office
E: midwifplac@cdu.edu.au
P: 08 8946 6666 – ask for the Midwifery Placement Officer

Midwifery Course Coordinator
E: angela.bull@cdu.edu.au
P: 08 8946 7391

Pre-Clinical Coordinator
E: preclinical@cdu.edu.au
P: 08 8946 6744
    08 8946 7035

General enquiries and enrolment advice
Student Central 
E: Student.Central@cdu.edu.au
P: 1800 061 963

Information for Health Facilities - this website has been established to provide the resources needed by both CDU and external staff

Midwifery Staff

Angela Bull
Senior Lecturer & Course Coordinator, Midwifery

T: 8946 7391
E: angela.bull@cdu.edu.au

 Blue 5.1.83
Theresa ClasquinLecturer

T: 8946 6596
E: theresa.clasqin@cdu.edu.au

Blue 5.1.57
Mpho NcubeLecturer

T: 8946 7552

E: mpho.ncube@cdu.edu.au

Blue 5.1.85

Frequently Asked Questions

Students that have questions about Pre-Clinical Requirements, Clinical Training Blocks (CTBs) or Placements should refer to this tab before contacting the Placement Office.

Further questions about Pre-Clinical Requirements can be directed to the Pre-Clinical Coordinator at preclinical@cdu.edu.au.

Further questions about CTBs and placements can be directed to the Placement Office at midwifplac@cdu.edu.au.

When contacting the Placement Office or the Pre-Clinical Coordinator, students must always include their full name, student ID, home state and the unit code they are referring to.