Nursing and midwifery

Your career in nursing or midwifery means a career helping others. Using your skills, strength and compassion, you’ll have the power to improve people’s wellbeing. And be there to provide vital care when they need it most.

Caring for others gives more than it takes

A range of opportunities

As a nursing graduate you can pursue a career in a medical/surgical nursing, paediatric nursing, aged care nursing, community care nursing, mental health nursing, and clinical education. As a midwifery graduate, you can pursue a range of careers such as midwife, consultant midwife, clinical specialist, prenatal educator, researcher, family care, and child health centre professional.

Explore the range of courses that we offer at If you don’t meet the state-based requirements for entry into your degree, don’t panic. There are various ways to get into ACU. Explore our pathways to get started.

Consultant midwife
Clinical specialist
Prenatal educator
Family care
Child health centre professional

Stories from nursing and midwifery

Nursing and midwifery
Call the midwife
How mothers give birth and who’s standing beside them has changed over the years.
Nursing and midwifery
Q&A with Red Cross aid worker
When many of us would run from crisis and conflict, Ruth Jebb has spent more than 10 years running towards it.

Meet our people

Professor Kim Foster
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine/Mental Health Nursing Research Unit

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.

Her main areas of research have been co-associated physical and mental health, children and families with challenging physical and/or mental health conditions, and the mental health workforce’s capacity to provide quality care.

Emma Shipton
Midwifery graduate

“The best thing about studying at ACU was the smaller class sizes, which made it more personal and helpful in terms of my learning.

I enjoyed many aspects of the course, but my favourite part was working alongside women on practical sessions and putting theory into practice. I hope I’m making an impact in my job by supporting women and their families on their journey to becoming mothers.”