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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2010 (Day)
Peninsula Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Kay McCauley


This practice unit provides students with a comprehensive and clinically meaningful final preparation for transition to practice as a competent first level registered midwife, in an area of their choosing. The unit utilises principles of adult learning to enable students to explore an area of special interest such as midwifery practice in rural and remote locations, neonatal intensive care nursery and care of childbearing women at risk.


Having successfully completing this unit, it is expected that the student will:

  1. be able to apply principles of adult learning to address an identified learning need;
  2. explain factors affecting communication and negotiation in the midwifery context;
  3. synthesise a broad range of knowledge from previous subjects to demonstrate an integrated bio-psychosocial insight into a selected area of midwifery practice; and
  4. selectively apply current research findings relevant to the nominated field of study.
Clinical Objectives
At the completion of this unit student will be able to:
  1. demonstrate safe midwifery practice based on sound theoretical knowledge and reasoning;
  2. perform detailed physical health assessment of childbearing women and newborns;
  3. resolve midwifery practice problems appropriately;
  4. proficiently implement midwifery care as planned;
  5. demonstrate sensitivity to the cultural dimensions of care;
  6. practice with increasing independence and incorporate current research findings into clinical practice; and
  7. demonstrate midwifery competency based on the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife.


6 x on-line discussions to expand and explore knowledge (500 words each): 30%
Complex case study of Mother and baby (3000 words): 70%
Clinical Assessment: Pass/Fail. Students must pass the clinical assessment to pass the unit.

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Kay McAuley-Elsom

Contact hours

156 hours incorporating 152 hours in midwifery practice and 4 hours self directed learning.


MID1001, MID1002, MID1003, MID2004, MID2006, MID2102 MID3103, MID3104, NUR2201