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)Helen Hall (Peninsula)


Midwifery is a highly-skilled profession. This practice-based unit will provide the scope for students to continue developing midwifery specific skills and consolidate a level of competence that can be augmented by further learning in practice. It exposes students to variations from normal childbearing that may arise. Students will be provided with opportunities to develop skills and knowledge that will enable them to care effectively for women experiencing these alterations. This unit runs alongside MID2004 Being with Birthing Women.


Following completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the basic principles of pharmacology, therapeutic drug administration and monitoring as they relate to midwifery practice;
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in calculation of drug dosages for administration of medications by a variety of routes;
  3. Demonstrate safe clinical practice in relation to drug administration based on sound pharmaceutical knowledge;
  4. Apply theoretical concepts when working with birthing women;
  5. Describe variations from normal that may arise during pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period and the midwife's role in managing these;
  6. Demonstrate effective communication, counselling and pastoral expertise when caring for women and their families;
  7. Undertake comprehensive assessment of birthing women and their babies during the childbearing process;
  8. Employ a woman-centred approach to midwifery care supported by assessment and evidence based practice;
  9. Respect the rights, values and cultural beliefs of women and families expressed during the birthing process by creating a culturally appropriate environment for the woman and her partner;
  10. Under supervision, apply a variety of pharmacological and non pharmacological pain management methods for labouring women;
  11. Work in collaboration with other members of the health care team to provide optimum care of the birthing family;
  12. Demonstrate midwifery competency based upon the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife.


Essay: 50%
Clinical practice (Hurdle requirement): Pass/Fail
Mastery calculation test (Hurdle requirement): Pass/Fail
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Gayle McLelland


Must have passed BMA1901, MID1001, MID1002, MID1003 and must have passed one of BMA1912 or BMA1902