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 Second semester 2012 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Carole Gilmour (Peninsula)


This theoretical unit will assist students to acquire foundational knowledge of the care of babies with special needs. Students will have the opportunity to study the circumstances that commonly result in a baby being admitted to a Level Two Nursery. The issues confronting the infant and family during this period will be explored as well as the role of the midwife in facilitating health and wellbeing of the infant and family. Students will reflect upon and debate the ethico-legal issues involved in caring for a baby with special needs.


On completion of this unit students will have had the opportunity to:

  1. explore circumstances that may necessitate admission of a baby to a Level Two Nursery;
  2. evaluate the Level Two Nursery environment and its potential to impact upon the baby and family;
  3. examine the role of the midwife within the context of the Level Two Nursery multidisciplinary team;
  4. utilise clinical decision-making strategies to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the care required for the baby and the family;
  5. demonstrate an appreciation of the family's need for privacy, dignity and respect, as well as their right to be informed and to make decisions regarding care of their baby;
  6. develop understanding of evidence-based care for the baby and family and
  7. debate the ethico-legal issues which arise in the care of babies with special needs.


Written assignment (1500 words): 30%
Guided study activities (2 x 500 words): 20%
Examination (2 hours): 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Janet de Lange