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 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Meredith McIntyre


This unit builds upon previous midwifery knowledge and provides opportunity for students to explore midwifery philosophy at a higher level and to articulate a personal philosophy of midwifery. Additionally, this unit provides an opportunity for students to gain insight into models of care, leadership in and transitions in the midwifery profession. This unit also provides the opportunity for students to explore contemporary midwifery practice matters, the evaluation of learning in practice and the governance of midwifery practice.


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

  1. reflect critically upon women-centred and community-centred midwifery models of care within health care systems;
  2. identify a personal philosophy of midwifery;
  3. investigate midwifery leadership styles to promote maternity care changes;
  4. identify attitudes that are congruent with the philosophy of valuing women, women-centred care and the women-midwife partnership;
  5. evaluate strategies to inform and promote lifelong learning;
  6. analyse critically contemporary and evidence-based midwifery practice:
  7. demonstrate receptivity to new ideas and change in midwifery practice;
  8. discuss challenges of autonomous practice and midwifery leadership and,
  9. explore current issues affecting midwifery practice in Australia.


Written assignment (2000 words): 40%
Reflective journal (1500 words): 20%
Examination (2 hours): 40%

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Meredith McIntyre

Contact hours

12 hours per week consisting of online reading, guided activities and private study.