You’re caring, empathetic and want to make a difference. Now, turn your natural talents into a career by studying a midwifery course.
What do midwifery graduates do?
After completing a midwifery course, you’ll work as a midwife, performing tasks including:
- Providing advice and support to patients during pre-conception, intra-partum, antenatal and postnatal periods;
- Observing patients and administering simple treatments and remedies;
- Assessing, planning, implementing and evaluating pregnancy and childbirth care plans;
- Providing care and management of pregnancy and birth;
- Assessing progress and recognising signs of potentially abnormal pregnancies;
- Referring patients to obstetricians if required;
- Monitoring the condition of women and foetuses during pregnancy and through childbirth;
- Conducing health education classes and seminars to promote the health of mothers and babies;
- Providing advice on nutrition, childcare and family planning; and
- Working with a health care team to provide support to a patient and their family.
You’ll enjoy working as a midwife if you:
- Care deeply about people
- Want to help people in your work
- Are empathetic and patient
- Can work well under pressure
- Can make sound decisions
- Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Have excellent organisational and time management skills
- Can work well both independently and in a team
- Like babies and birth
- Want to make a real difference to someone else’s life
The Australian Government’s Job Outlook reports employment opportunities for midwives have grown strongly over the past decade. Currently employing approximately 17,400 people, the profession is likely to continue expanding, and will employ approximately 18,500 people by 2020. The size of the profession indicates midwifery roles are available in most areas of Australia.
PayScale reports that midwives may expect to earn a salary between $33,000 and $78,000 per year, with an average industry salary of approximately $61,000 per year.
While earning capacity rises in line with experience, with more experienced midwives earning up to $83,000 per year, PayScale reports that entry-level midwives can expect to earn on average $53,000 per year. PayScale notes that nearly 50 per cent of midwives in Australia have less than five years of professional experience, indicating that people choose to progress through the profession after qualifying as a midwife.