Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Monash University

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 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
Organisational UnitSchool of Nursing and Midwifery
OfferedGippsland First semester 2015 (Day)
Peninsula First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Ms Carolyn Bailey


Midwifery is a highly skilled profession. This unit will enable the student to develop skills and confidence in the full scope of midwifery practice. Debate and analyse current trends in the provision of birthing services including issues sensitive to rural and urban differentials including specialist follow up and access to acute and specialized services. Students will be provided with both 'simulated' and 'real' opportunities to develop skills and knowledge that will enable them to provide effective care to birthing women experiencing variations from normal childbearing. The clinical practice component will provide students with opportunities to incorporate theoretical learning directly into midwifery practice.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Critically examine the socio-political and cultural debate in the provision of birthing services to women and their families in Australia and globally;
  2. Debate on the accessibility and equity to maternity services for women in the rural setting;
  3. Demonstrate safe clinical practice based on sound theoretical knowledge and reasoning;
  4. Discuss and critically analyse variations from normal that may arise during labour and birth and the midwife's role in managing these;
  5. Undertake comprehensive assessment of birthing women and their babies during the childbearing process;
  6. Demonstrate understanding and interpretation of women's rights, values and cultural beliefs in creating an appropriate and culturally safe environment for women and their partners to birth;
  7. Demonstrate their developing knowledge and application of the variety of pharmacological and non pharmacological pain management methods for labouring women;
  8. Demonstrate skills in advocacy, decision making and referral when working as part of the multidisciplinary team especially in an environment of complexity;
  9. Implement evidence-based holistic care for women, babies and their families across the childbearing process;
  10. Employ reflective practice strategies to develop understanding of diverse midwifery practice; and
  11. Demonstrate midwifery competency based upon the ANMC National Competency Standards for Midwives.


Clinical placement 160 hours


Written assignment (2,500 words) (50%)
Exam (3 hours) (50%)
Clinical practice assessment (Pass / Fail)

Workload requirements

Students will be on campus for 10 weeks with one week revision and 4 weeks will be spent in clinical practice. Four of those weeks are included in this unit. The weekly on campus workload requirement for the unit will be:
Lectures: 1 x 2 hours x 10 weeks = 20 hours
Tutorials: 1 x 2 hours x 10 weeks = 20 hours
Clinical: 160 hours
Individual Study: 120 hours
Total: 320 hours.

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