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Unit description

Develops the specialised midwifery knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work with women in the contexts of existing or childbearing induced mental health and wellbeing.

Unit content

  • Factors that create mental illness
  • Common mental health disorders during childbearing
  • Major mental illness during childbearing
  • Drugs and alcohol use in childbearing

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:GA1GA2GA3GA4GA5GA6GA7
1critically discuss the cultural, contextual, personal, biological and interpersonal factors that contribute to mental illnessIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
2discuss the impact of maternal stress, anxiety and depression during childbearing on the woman's physiology, the duration of pregnancy and the neurodevelopment of her babyIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
3develop awareness of women who have significant mental illness, provide basic therapeutic counselling and identify when to refer these women for specialised mental health and/or community servicesIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
4work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary health care teams when working with women who have a major mental illness or drug and alcohol dependency in pregnancy and after birthIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
5demonstrate effective therapeutic communications and appropriate boundary setting for women who have been clinically diagnosed with a personality disorderIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skillsCultural competence
6communicate therapeutically with women with the aim of ameliorating the long-term impact of birth traumaIntellectual rigourCommunication and social skillsCultural competence

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically discuss the cultural, contextual, personal, biological and interpersonal factors that contribute to mental illness
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. discuss the impact of maternal stress, anxiety and depression during childbearing on the woman's physiology, the duration of pregnancy and the neurodevelopment of her baby
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  3. develop awareness of women who have significant mental illness, provide basic therapeutic counselling and identify when to refer these women for specialised mental health and/or community services
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  4. work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary health care teams when working with women who have a major mental illness or drug and alcohol dependency in pregnancy and after birth
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  5. demonstrate effective therapeutic communications and appropriate boundary setting for women who have been clinically diagnosed with a personality disorder
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  6. communicate therapeutically with women with the aim of ameliorating the long-term impact of birth trauma
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence

Prescribed texts

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Notice

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Fee information

Domestic

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Commencing 2021 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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