Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedPeninsula First semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Helen Hall


This unit introduces students to the role and primary functions of the midwife in contemporary midwifery practice. Students will explore the philosophical basis of midwifery to develop an understanding of the basic premises "being with woman", "woman centeredness" and "working in partnership" in preparation for assuming the role. Students will be introduced to professional contexts in which midwives practice exploring cultural and indigenous issues, legal and ethical aspects of midwifery care, multidisciplinary teamwork and development of professional communication skills.


On completion of this unit the student will be able to: -

  1. describe the role of the midwife in contemporary midwifery practice and multidisciplinary teams;
  2. discuss philosophical foundations underpinning the role of the midwife in contemporary midwifery practice;
  3. explain the principles of basic midwifery care;
  4. identify important principles of health promotion and primary health counselling;
  5. discuss factors impacting on the care of indigenous women and those from different cultures;
  6. identify key support organizations to be found in the community who provide assistance to childbearing women;
  7. describe legal and ethical foundations of midwifery practice;
  8. justify the need for reflective practice in the implementation of evidence informed care;
  9. demonstrate effective professional communication skills;
  10. demonstrate developing midwifery competence based upon the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife.


Written assignment: 30%
Class presentation: 20%
Examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Helen Hall

Contact hours

4 hours per week for 12 weeks