Nursing and midwifery

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Career outcomes

Our nursing graduates have pursued careers in:

  • aged care
  • medical/surgical nursing
  • paediatrics
  • community care
  • mental health
  • clinical education

Our midwifery graduates have pursued careers as:

  • antenatal educators
  • clinical specialists
  • consultant midwives
  • family carers
  • independent midwifery practitioners
  • registered midwives within maternity settings
  • researchers
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About nursing and midwifery

Nurses and midwives are there when we need help the most. They’re the ones who support us when we’re most vulnerable, help us to keep our health on track and give us strength when we’re at our lowest. With a career in nursing or midwifery, you’ll have the power to improve the wellbeing of others and be there to provide vital care to the most vulnerable people in the community. And when you study with us, you’ll know you’re studying with a global leader. We are recognised in the top 50 for nursing worldwide.

Facilities and clinics

Your nursing and midwifery studies will have a practical component. You’ll train in simulation facilities like simulated wards, complete with realistic ‘patients’. These innovative spaces are as close as you can get to real-world hospital environments so you’ll get plenty of experience even before your placements with real patients.

Professional recognition

More nurses graduate from ACU than anywhere else in Australia – and for good reason. Our nursing courses are known for developing professionals who are compassionate, competent and have a social conscience. Once you've graduated you can apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency. Our mental health (nursing) postgraduate degree is accredited with the Australian College of Mental Health Nurses.

Study university overseas

During your course, you’ll have the opportunity to learn what nursing or midwifery is like overseas. Our short-term international study experiences can take you to Timor Leste, Vanuatu, the USA, Singapore, Chile and many more destinations, where you’ll study at a partner university or put your skills into practice at local health clinics. Plus, you can choose to study at our Rome campus. 

Workplace experience

Go beyond the classroom with hands-on work experience. You’ll gain over 800 hours of clinical practice by the time you graduate, working in placements with our industry partners such as aged care and mental health facilities, and leading hospitals. Midwifery students will also have the opportunity to engage with at least 10 women to follow their pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal-care journey. 

Meet our students and staff

Annabel Pike

Nursing student

“I enjoyed ACU’s smaller class sizes and the passion my lecturers and facilitators had for their chosen profession. I want to make an impact by utilising the skills modelled by ACU. I hope to provide exceptional evidence-based holistic nursing care to my patients and their families.” 

Professor Kim Foster

Professor of Mental Health Nursing

Professor Kim Foster joined ACU in 2016 as Professor of Mental Health Nursing and leader of the Mental Health Nursing Research Unit at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Her role is to conduct high-quality collaborative research with mental health nurses, consumers, carers and multidisciplinary colleagues that translates into effective care and improves the wellbeing and outcomes of mental health consumers and carers. 

Professor Foster’s main areas of research have been co-associated physical and/or mental health conditions, and the capacity of the mental health workforce to provide quality care.

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