Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

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Monash University

12 points, SCA Band 1, 0.250 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

School of Nursing and Midwifery


Gayle McLelland

Quota applies

This unit is quota restricted. Selection is on a first-in, first enrolled basis.



  • Second semester 2016 (Flexible)


This unit introduces students to the foundational knowledge required by midwives to effectively care for women and their babies from preconception through to early parenting.
Students will explore the philosophical basis of contemporary midwifery practice.
Learning will also focus on the physiological and psychosocial adaptation of the healthy woman and child, and the application of this understanding, and the provision of woman centered midwifery care.


  1. Explore the philosophical foundations underpinning the role of the midwife in contemporary maternity care;
  2. Explain the role of the midwife in assessment of fetal and maternal well-being during pregnancy, labour, birth and the puerperium;
  3. Explain the anatomy and physiology relevant to pregnancy, labour, birth and the puerperium;
  4. Apply a woman-centred approach of midwifery practice using theoretical knowledge of anatomy and physiology;
  5. Demonstrate developing skills in physical assessment and care of women and their babies across the childbearing continuum;
  6. Identify and interpret the routine screening and basic diagnostic tests in pregnancy, labour and birth assessment;
  7. Analyse critically, evaluate and transmit information and evidence to inform clinical practice ;
  8. Explain the need for reflective practice in the implementation of evidence informed care;
  9. Demonstrate developing autonomy and judgement of midwifery practice in accordance with ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife.


80 hours clinical placement in a maternity unit.


Written assignment (2,000 -2,500 words) (30%)
2 x in-semester tests (MCQ) (20 min) (10% each)
Exam (3 hours) (MCQ/ SAQ/case studies) (50%) (Hurdle)
80 hrs clinical placement & skills assessment
Reflective pieces in Mid Clinical Portfolio (500 words)
Hurdles: Exam, Satisfactory Clinical Report and reflective piece

Workload requirements

Lectures - 2 hours per week (24 hours)
Tutorials/Clinical Laboratories - 2 hours per week (24 hours)
Online Guided Learning Activities - 2 hours per week (24hours)
Student directed study - (120 hours)
Clinical placement - (80 hours)
Continuity of care women (X 2) ~20 hours

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Chief examiner(s)



Must be enrolled in course M3007 or 4514