Primary maternity care

Designed to transform practice

The Master of Primary Maternity Care is unique. It is the first and currently only postgraduate program in the world that implements the 'Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care" from the Lancet series on midwifery.

Graduates of the program will be leaders in providing woman-centred care within maternity services where every prospective mother can access care from a known midwife.

This online program is ideal for all healthcare practitioners, including midwives, who are wanting to design, implement, and evaluate leading-edge primary maternity care models.

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Why study with us?

Midwifery students next to a birthing pool

Taught by leaders, so you can lead

The faculty at Griffith University are experts in the field, recognised within the global community of maternity care. The knowledge you’ll gain from the team will be the latest evidence-based subject knowledge, ensuring you are at the leading edge of practice. As a graduate of the program, you'll enhance your career by being able to confidently lead the reorientation of your local maternity services to meet the ‘Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care’ from the Lancet series on midwifery.

A midwifery teacher working on a computer

A rich, engaged learning experience

Studying the program is a rich experience for all. You’ll learn with students from all over the world as you study online with us. Your fellow students will have experience of different maternity services and a range of valued and diverse points of view to share with students and faculty.

Our online delivery uses video conference tutorials where we guide you through the materials, webpages where you are provided with all the learning materials you need, and discussion forums so you can post questions and chat with fellow students at any time. The online delivery ensures everything is digital and recorded, so you can access anything you miss when you’re ready.

Midwifery students working in a simulation lab

Globally acclaimed

Learn with recognised leaders in maternal and newborn care, within an internationally acclaimed School ranked #34 in the world in 2017 by QS World University Rankings. The Australian Research Council (ARC) also ranks the School of Nursing and Midwifery “well above world standard” for its quality of research.

The School’s program of research and education is globally renowned and acknowledged to be generating the evidence supporting transformative change.

Study options

Degree Campus
Graduate Certificate in Primary Maternity Care Online
Master of Primary Maternity Care Online

It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.

Career outcomes

Be prepared to transform maternity care services

Students and graduates of the Master of Primary Maternity Care program describe it as “transformative”. Transformative because the program has enabled them to lead, with confidence, the reorientation of maternity care services in their area so that they are woman-centred. The program is designed around the key principles of the ‘Framework for Quality Maternal and Newborn Care’ from the Lancet series on midwifery.  You not only learn these principles and how to apply them, but you can also tailor your studies to suit your professional background and future career plans.

Emily Tarrant

Griffith Master of Primary Maternity Care graduate

On completion of this degree, I was given a leadership role as a practice development midwife, working with midwives within our hospital, students and graduates promoting continuity of care. Without this degree, I wouldn’t be in this position. I’d encourage anyone around the world in maternity services to do this degree, because it’s an amazing way to open up career opportunities for you, it’s linked with international maternity reform, and it will make you stand out from the crowd.

Emily Tarrant

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