Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2014 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedNot offered in 2014
Coordinator(s)Carole Gilmour (Peninsula)


This unit will focus on students developing knowledge and skills relating to midwives and nurses working in partnership with women experiencing breast and other women's reproductive health concerns. It will include care of women experiencing diagnostic and/or therapeutic procedures within the context of reproductive health, including women's cancers and urinary conditions. Students' learning will focus on the role of the midwife or nurse as a provider of primary care for women across the reproductive health lifespan with emphasis on skill development in women's health assessment, promoting wellness, discharge planning, woman-centred care planning, care delivery and evaluation.


On completion of this unit the student should be able:

  1. describe the role of the midwife/nurse as the provider of primary care for women throughout the reproductive health lifespan;
  2. demonstrate the required skills when undertaking a women's health assessment:
  3. describe health promotion strategies aimed at improving women's health across the lifespan;
  4. evaluate the physical and psychological health needs in the care of women experiencing gynaecological procedures, breast surgery and urinary procedures;
  5. develop care and discharge plans for women undergoing diagnostic/therapeutic procedures related to reproductive and breast health concerns, in an acute care setting;
  6. demonstrate the ability to employ reflective practice and evidence-informed care.


Journaling exercises, online discussions

Written assignment (2,500-3,000 words) 30%
Presentation (20 minute group presentation) 20%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Workload requirements

Flexible. This unit will require student attendance on campus for a maximum of the equivalent of 4 hours per week for 12 weeks.