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Start study from home in Trimester 2, 2020

For Trimester 2, 2020, you will be able to start your study from home. If restrictions are lifted we will continue to offer our students the flexibility to study online or a combination of online and on campus for the rest of the Trimester.

Deliver life-changing outcomes for women and their needs

Midwifery is more than a job. It is a challenging, varied and highly-specialised role that integrates skills, knowledge and traditions. Increasingly, midwives are relied upon by women to provide top-level advice and assistance during pregnancy, labour and the postnatal period.

At Griffith, you'll learn from expert clinicians, researchers and award-winning teachers who are leading the field in midwifery education, research and practice. You’ll learn to provide high-quality, safe and effective care before, during and after childbirth.

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Maternity care: Building relationships really does save lives.

Study with Australia's No.1 ranked university for Nursing and Midwifery*

Griffith offers Australia's leading midwifery program. Our graduates are highly sought after and employed in hospitals and health centres all over the world. As the only university in Australia with two professors of midwifery (indicating our commitment to your academic and professional development), Griffith is also Australia's No. 1 ranked university for Nursing and Midwifery in Australia, and 4th in the world.

Our graduates are sought after and employed in hospitals and health centres all over the world.

A large number of our students are of mature age and people changing careers. We understand the pressures involved in achieving work/life balance, so we go the extra mile so you’ll have the best possible chance to succeed.

Our Bachelor of Midwifery degree blends online learning with two-week intensive blocks on campus each semester. You’ll learn from expert midwives in midwifery laboratories that simulate the clinical environment. You’ll also undertake midwifery clinical experience through extensive placements in health services involving morning, evening and night shifts.

You’ll follow 20 women throughout their pregnancy, birth and the six week period after birth. You’ll be required to be on call to attend the labour and birth.

In your third year, you may choose to complete a rural or international clinical placement.

You’ll graduate with a solid foundation of midwifery’s theoretical knowledge and practical applications.

5-Star Rated

Nursing at Griffith is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience, Student Support, and Median Graduate Salary by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

*Shanghai Ranking's Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2019

Short Courses

Professional development for midwives and nurses

Our one or two day short course Midwifery workshops can provide CPD points to keep your qualification current. They are also an excellent way to sample our full postgraduate programs. Semester duration courses that provide 10 credit points towards a postgraduate degree include:

  • Advanced Breastfeeding and Lactation
  • Perinatal Mental Health
  • Screening, Diagnostics, Pharmacology and Prescribing for Midwives
  • Promoting Sexual Health and Wellness

Find out more about these short courses.

Study options

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

Thinking seriously about a future in Midwifery?

Watch these videos about the experiences of being a Midwifery student.

Career outcomes

Capable, confident graduates can take their skills anywhere

Griffith midwifery graduates, with their highly developed knowledge and many clinical skills, are highly valued and in constant demand throughout Australia and overseas

You'll find opportunities for a rewarding, challenging career as a midwife in a range of public and private healthcare settings, including:

  • Private practice
  • Maternity and neonatal care settings
  • Academia
  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Rural remote health care
  • International aid organisations

Other employment opportunities can include research and policy development.

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Life at Griffith

You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Key dates

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Monday 13 July — Saturday 17 October

Trimester 2: Teaching and exams

Includes study and exam period from Thursday 1 October to Saturday 10 October.

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Saturday 18 July — Sunday 19 July

Tertiary Studies Expo (TSXPO) - CANCELLED

TSXPO is for anyone considering further study. Talk to our academic and professional staff about our degrees, flexible study options, admission pathways, how to apply, scholarships and support services. Entry is free.

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Tuesday 21 July — Tuesday 21 July

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo - CANCELLED

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Monday 3 August — Monday 3 August

Townsville Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Townsville Careers Expo to talk to our expert advisers about your study goals, life at Griffith, online study options and more.

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Sunday 9 August — Sunday 9 August

Open Day

On Open Day, you’ll find general information about all our degrees at each campus, as well as essential information about student support services, admissions, scholarships and postgraduate studies. It’s a great time to get to know our campuses, experience life at Griffith, explore your study options and find the information you need to make a decision about your future.

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Monday 14 September — Thursday 17 September

Mature Student Open Evenings

No matter whether you’re returning to university after a few years off, starting study for the first time or looking for a postgraduate degree to further your career, we can help you find the right study path.

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Monday 19 October — Friday 23 October

Trimester 3: Orientation

Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.

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