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MID9005 - Advancing midwifery practice

12 points, SCA Band 0, 0.250 EFTSL

Postgraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader: TBC


Gippsland First semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland First semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Day)
Gippsland Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)
Peninsula First semester 2007 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2007 (Off-campus)


This un it aims to prepare midwives with the knowledge for skills development in complex clinical situations. The unit is structured to allow flexibility and individualisation of the content to better meet the needs of individual practitioners and their practice settings. Theoretical knowledge will include pathophysiology, technology, evidence and practice issues related to skills clusters. These clusters include: Prenatal; Perinatal; Postnatal and High Risk.


At the completion of this unit students will be expected to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and skills for advanced midwifery practice in collaborative and/or autonomous roles;
  2. Demonstrate sound clinical decision making skills based on evidence, experience and collaboration and consultation;
  3. Provide individualised, holistic midwifery care that meets complex psychosocial and physical needs;
  4. Demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the legal and ethical issues for midwifery practice;
  5. Demonstrate ability to identify skills and knowledge deficits in self and others within the student's own maternity context;
  6. Demonstrate ability to critique and promote the role of the midwife in contemporary maternity services;
  7. Demonstrate sophisticated interdisciplinary communication and negotiation skills for the advancement of quality in maternity care; and
  8. Demonstrate ability to monitor and improve own practice in accordance with Australian College of Midwives Competency Standards for Midwifery Practice and the Nurses Board of Victoria Code of Practice for Midwives.


Written Assignment (60%)
Tutorial Presentation (20%)
Participation in online discussion (20%)


MID9001, MID9002, MID9003, MID9004