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  • #16
    Originally posted by Maddymooo View Post
    Hi all! So happy to see a thread like this ha been started. I am looking at relocating from Sydney to Melbourne to start a bMid in 2014 (Sydney courses are way to competitive to get in... my marks were high, but not THAT high and i am desperate to start studying the course!!!)

    I am currently looking at studying at either Victoria University or ACU as these are the uni's that offer the bMid. As i am not from Melbourne, I wondered if anyone had any opinions on which course or university is "better"? I know that the courses are much the same, and I prefer the format of the VU course, but there seems to be many more people on these forums choosing ACU and I can't seem to find a reason for it?

    Is anyone applying for these courses next year? Are there any students of these uni's on here?

    Would LOVE to hear from you!!
    I think many people choose ACU because it's a highly regarded course. I can't tell you with certainty why though! For me, I chose ACU because VU is too far for me!
    Good luck!

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Maddymooo View Post
      I am currently looking at studying at either Victoria University or ACU as these are the uni's that offer the bMid. As i am not from Melbourne, I wondered if anyone had any opinions on which course or university is "better"? I know that the courses are much the same, and I prefer the format of the VU course, but there seems to be many more people on these forums choosing ACU and I can't seem to find a reason for it?
      First of all the programs have had to meet registration and accreditation requirements so academically/course content wise they're all pretty much similar.

      However there is a difference in how each program is delivered. Some want you to be on campus attending lectures 5 days a week and then doing a placement for 2 weeks at the end of semester. Some uni's want you on campus for half the week and doing placement for the other 2 days that week. Others offer online lectures and you do your placement whenever you want and don't have to go into campus at all. Some uni's put you in the same hospital for all 3 years others change it every semester. The assessment and assignment/examination structures will also be different. There is also the continuity of care requirements which differ between universities.

      Each of these different ways have pros and cons depending on your lifestyle (kids/no kids, employment etc) and how you study.

      My my suggestion would be to look at all of the programs on offer in your area, ask lots of questions and figure out which one is going to work best for you, as opposed to picking one because it's the best course for other people.

      At the end of the day you will be a midwife regardless of which uni you go to, but it's a bloody tough three years so picking a course that is going to work with you and not against you will make it easier.

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      • #18
        Are there any current students of the midwifery courses at VU and ACU out there that can share there experiences of the courses and unis? What were your experiences with clinical placements, etc.

        From my correspondence with people at VU it seems to be a little unorganised... I'm not sure if this will be indicative of the actual uni.

        So ACU is more "highly regarded"? I know in Sydney there are universities with more "prestige", so i suppose it is similar in Melbourne too?

        It's so hard to get an idea of all these things when you don't live in the state. I don't want to relocate my whole life down here to have made the wrong decision and be stuck at a uni that I hate.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Maddymooo View Post
          So ACU is more "highly regarded"? I know in Sydney there are universities with more "prestige", so i suppose it is similar in Melbourne too?
          It's midwifery, all the courses have been accredited and regulated so there's not really any prestige associated with one uni or another like there is with law, business etc. No one has ever asked me what uni I went to, they were more interested in what hospitals I'd done my clinical placement in as it's really the hospital midwives that teach you how to practice as a midwife not the uni.

          Originally posted by Maddymooo View Post
          It's so hard to get an idea of all these things when you don't live in the state. I don't want to relocate my whole life down here to have made the wrong decision and be stuck at a uni that I hate.
          Worst comes to worst, you change uni's after a year.

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          • #20
            I am not sure if this helps, but I am doing bachelor of nursing in South Australia. I was 24 when I got accepted and I didn't sit the STAT test, it was based on my cert 3 aged care, and subjects I had already done in higher education.

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            • #21
              B/Mid 2014

              Hi all, I wish to start my B/mid at ACU beginning 2014. My daughter studies there and it offers what I want. I like the feel of the Campus and my daughter recieves good support in her studies there (Psychological Science) so I'm hopeful I'll fit in, if and when I get in!!

              Actually, I'd be 2015, not 2014! Gosh, the years are getting away from me! Aaargh!!
              Last edited by Big Girl; 04-10-2013, 12:21.

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              • #22
                Hi Ladies, I am applying for USC Bach nursing/bach midwifery 2014. I sat the stat test recently and hoping I may have enough to just scrape through! Is anyone else studying on the Sunshine Coast?

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                • #23
                  has anyone sat the multiple choice STAT test in Vic this year? (I'm not sure if it's the same nation wide)

                  I say mine today and found it MUCH harder than the practice one I did.. I'm hoping it was a hard test and not just me.

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                  • #24
                    Hi ladies!

                    I'm starting the Bachelor of Midwifery at ACU next year after deferring my place this year (I've just had my third child).

                    I have a Law degree but no experience in the health sector. I am SO excited about starting! Looking forward to chatting to you all.

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                    • #25
                      Not long until STAT results come out & early round offers!
                      I'm excited but nervous! How's everyone else feeling?
                      Last edited by mamasurfs; 05-11-2013, 08:22.

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                      • #26
                        I'm studying nursing at griffith. I did half my degree and then took time off as I became pregnant and then spent time with my DD at home. Im returning to uni next year but part time as we are trying for another baby. Depending when i conceive and when baby is due will depend on how my next year or two at uni will play out. Eventually i'll finish it

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                        • #27
                          Mrs pink - exactly same situation As me. And I am returning to Griffith too

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Tippytoes View Post
                            Mrs pink - exactly same situation As me. And I am returning to Griffith too
                            Tippytoes, which campus? Will you be doing 2nd year or 3rd year?

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                            • #29
                              Nathan. I will probably start off with electives as I have had quite a break and leave all the placements last. I will be going into 3rd year but I need to do mental health from 2nd year. How about you mrs pink?

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                              • #30
                                Tippytoes, pretty much the same but i will be at gold coast campus. I was at nathan but have transferred. I'll be doing the electives and one of the 3rd yr subjects (cant remember the name, not the placement one) 1st semester and then 2nd semester i have to catch up 2nd yr subjects. Pity we're not the same campus anymore, we couldve helped each other.

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