Studying Nursing and Midwifery in Australia
Australia has one of the most affordable, accessible and comprehensive healthcare systems in the world with a significant projected growth in the health care workforce. This makes it an attractive country in which to study nursing or midwifery.
“Study Nursing or Midwifery.”
Courses are offered in all states and territories across the country at a number of higher education institutions. Courses leading to registration as a nurse or midwife are available at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. A listing of all accredited nursing or midwifery courses is available on the APHRA website: http://www.ahpra.gov.au/Education/Approved-Programs-of-Study.aspx
Undergraduate courses leading to registration as a nurse with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) must be approved by the Australian Nurses and Midwives Council (ANMAC). Courses comprise of a minimum of three years study and are offered under a range of Bachelor of Nursing titles. All include a minimum of 800 clinical placement hours providing direct care to patients and families.
“… providing direct care to patients and families.”
Graduate entry courses provide a fast tracked pathway into a career as a nurse for those with a completed Bachelor’s degree in another discipline. Graduate entry courses vary from eighteen months to two years and also include a minimum of 800 clinical placement hours with graduates awarded a Master degree qualification.
“…. a fast tracked pathway into a career as a nurse ..”
Nurses with international qualifications may be required to undertake a bridging course to be eligible for NMBA registration in Australia. These include a twelve-month bridging course for international nurses or a 3-month Entry to Practice for Internationally Qualified Registered Nurses (EPIQ-RN) course. These are available in each of the states and territories.
Undergraduate courses leading to registration as a Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) must also be approved by the Australian Nurses and Midwives Council (ANMAC). Undergraduate courses include the three year Bachelor of Midwifery and the four year combined Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery. An eighteen month Graduate Diploma of Midwifery is offered for qualified registered nurses. Fifty percent of these courses are based in clinical placement involving direct contact with women, babies and families in antenatal, birth suite, postnatal or home visiting settings.
Dr Meredith McIntyre, Director of Education, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University.