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Tue Apr 19, 2011 11:04 am

Hi, I am currently studying nursing (in my last year at Deakin University), but I now realize that I don't want to be a nurse I actually want to try out midwifery :)

So my question is do you think it is better for me to:

A) Transfer to a midwifery course ASAP (possibly into ACU)

B) Complete my nursing degree and NOT do the graduate year, but apply for post grad midwifery courses at another uni

C) Complete my nursing degree as well as doing my grad year (hopefully at a hospital aimed more at women,The Mercy, The Royal Women's Hospital)

Right now I am thinking that I don't actually want to do a grad year, but i have heard people say that it is better to complete your grad year and then specialize.

Any help would be much appreciated :)




  • Joined: Apr 2011
  • Location: Taree NSW
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Apr 27, 2011, 05:48 pm

Well, coming from an 'older nurse/ midwife' ( I completed my General Training in 1980 and Midi in 1982).....complete your current degree and do your post grad year to consolidate what you have learnt.

Midwifery isn't just delivering babies (not that that is what you have indicated) you need to remember that many women have underlying medical conditions that will affect not only themselves but thier unborn baby/ies and you NEED to understand THOSE processes before you should consider doing Mid..........

Just my opinion..... plus finishing what you have started, consolidating that and then doing Mid gives you wider options for down the track in life....

Good luck :)



  • Joined: Jan 2013
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Aug 28, 2013, 09:43 pm

When I was deciding whether to finally jump the boat from my long term admin career and finally follow my dream as a Nurse/Midwife the advise I received was as jjrich general nursing first, get a year or two under your belt so you have an understanding of other medical conditions then do your midwife qualifications.

My question is, do I need to do a Postgraduate degree or are there other training courses available.  The thought of having to do another year at University and writing more essays (the bane of my life) horrifies me.  BUT midwifery was always at the top of my interest list.  That and A&E.

Thanks for any current information.




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Aug 29, 2013, 01:31 am Last edited Aug 29, 2013, 01:31 am update #2

Hey Tracey,

I also suggest that you do some general nursing first. And yes, after graduating and getting experience under your belt will help a lot in your studies as midwife. It allows you to relate better to the things that are taught in lectures, making the learning process slightly gentler. 

I suggest going for masters of nursing. It is basically the same as a bachelor of nursing, just a compact version of it. (Hence you will need to learn faster.) You can also enrol in midwifery straight away, but it might be harder to follow through the lectures and tutorial. 

I know some people who managed to get into midwifery straight after their bachelor of nursing, but they struggled to cope and relate to the lessons. You need to gauge your own ability to learn and make your decision which path to take.


modified: Thursday 29 August 2013 1:34:24 am - seraphim

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