Unit description

Develops the midwifery knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work with women in the contexts of mental health and wellbeing in health care practice. Learning undertaken draws on previous study. This unit focuses on mental health illness that women may have experienced prior to pregnancy or develop as a result of childbearing.

Unit content

Module 1: Factors that contribute to mental illness

Module 2: Common mental health disorders during childbearing

Module 3: Major mental illness during childbearing

Module 4: 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.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

  • .Martin, CR, Perinatal mental health: A clinical guide, M&K Publishing, Keswick, Cumbria.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hours
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture on-site 2 hours (Wk 1)
Case study60%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 1 hour
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Lecture on-site 2 hours (Wk 1)
Case study60%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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Fee information


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Commencing 2016 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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