Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

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12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedPeninsula Second semester 2013 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Meredith McIntyre


This theory and practice unit provides students with a comprehensive and clinically meaningful final preparation for transition to practice as a competent beginning level midwife. The unit provides students with the opportunity to explore in detail a range of midwifery and medically led models of care and the midwifery leadership necessary to promote the profession, providing childbearing women with choice in the care they receive. Students are provided with the opportunity to explore contemporary midwifery practice, regulatory and professional issues and identify evidence informed midwifery practices.


On completion of this unit students will have had the opportunity to:

  1. reflect critically upon women-centred and community-centred midwifery models of care within health care systems;
  2. identify a personal philosophy of midwifery;
  3. investigate midwifery leadership styles to promote maternity care changes;
  4. identify attitudes that are congruent with the philosophy of valuing women, women-centred care and the women-midwife partnership;
  5. evaluate strategies to inform and promote lifelong learning;
  6. analyse critically contemporary and evidence-based midwifery practice:
  7. demonstrate receptivity to new ideas and change in midwifery practice;
  8. discuss challenges of autonomous practice and midwifery leadership; and,
  9. explore current issues affecting midwifery practice in Australia;.
  10. identify appropriate solutions to midwifery practice problems;
  11. demonstrate proficiency in the implementation of planned midwifery care; and,
  12. demonstrate midwifery competency based on the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife


Written assignment (2500 words): 30%
Written Case study (3000): 50%
4 x on-line discussions to expand and explore knowledge (500 words each): 20%
Clinical Assessment: Pass/Fail.

Students must pass the clinical assessment to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Contact hours

12 hours per week consisting of online reading, guided activities and private study.