Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2012 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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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)
Gippsland Second semester 2012 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Jan Jones (Gippsland), Dr Carole Gilmour (Peninsula)


This unit will assist students within the context of the family to apply, in the nursery, foundational knowledge of the caring for babies with special needs. The student will gain beginning skills necessary for a midwife to be a competent member of the multidisciplinary team. Supervised practice in the Level two Nursery will facilitate the development of ACMI (Inc) competencies, where reflection and utilisation of evidence is required to meet the varied needs of babies with special needs and the family. Experience in this environment will allow the student to appreciate the complexity of the family experience.


On completion of this unit the student should be able to:

  1. demonstrate understanding of the circumstances that necessitate admission of a baby to a Level Two Nursery;

  1. evaluate the environment of the nursery and implement strategies to promote the wellbeing of the baby and family;

  1. develop competency within the context of the multidisciplinary Health Care team;

  1. utilise a clinical decision making process to apply the necessary knowledge and understanding required to meet the needs of the baby and family in the nursery;

  1. apply strategies for maintaining the family's need for privacy, dignity and respect, as well as their right to be informed and to make decision regarding care of their baby;

  1. facilitate family involvement with the care of the baby with special needs;

  1. employ reflective practice and implement evidence based care for babies and their families;

  1. facilitate transition of the baby and family from hospital to home;

  1. document the ongoing relationship with the women and families that the midwifery student follows through in a way that reflects their own involvement and actions and the rationale for these, as well as the families' actions and attitudes and responses to midwifery care; and

  1. demonstrate midwifery competency based on the selected ACMI Competency Standards.


Essay (2500 words): 40%
Presentation (20 minutes): 20%
Examination (2 hour): 40%
Hurdle requirement (Clinical assessment): Pass/Fail

Contact hours

This unit will require student attendance on campus and/or in practice for a maximum of 12 hours per week for 12 weeks. There will be time allocated in practice for students to complete clinical assessment.