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Unit description

Develops knowledge about how to care for women and babies with complex conditions during childbearing including women who have experienced pelvic floor trauma. Students learn about congenital disorders during pregnancy and after birth. They also have professional experiences where they learn how to care for the ill neonate and how to support optimal holistic health for the baby, the woman and her family.

Unit content

  • Complications associated with multiple pregnancy, birth and postpartum
  • Complications associated with breech pregnancy and birth
  • Complex maternal conditions during childbearing
  • Introduction to genetic and congenital conditions of the newborn
  • Introduction to serious infections in the newborn
  • Caring for the ill neonate
  • Psychophysiology effects on baby and families
  • Pelvic floor and soft tissues trauma and healing

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 apply evidenced-informed midwifery care to a woman experiencing complexity within her childbearing episode including care for the fetus/neonateIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
2apply clinical reasoning and decision-making skills to obstetric emergencies Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline
3design an evidence-based midwifery resource with a focus on complex conditions for the woman or babyIntellectual rigourKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
4demonstrate and apply safe and competent midwifery practice to a woman experiencing complexity within her childbearing episode including care for the fetus/neonateKnowledge of a disciplineLifelong learning
5demonstrate competency in numeracy including complex medication calculations.Intellectual rigourKnowledge of a discipline

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

  1. critically apply evidenced-informed midwifery care to a woman experiencing complexity within her childbearing episode including care for the fetus/neonate
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  2. apply clinical reasoning and decision-making skills to obstetric emergencies
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  3. design an evidence-based midwifery resource with a focus on complex conditions for the woman or baby
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  4. demonstrate and apply safe and competent midwifery practice to a woman experiencing complexity within her childbearing episode including care for the fetus/neonate
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA5: Lifelong learning
  5. demonstrate competency in numeracy including complex medication calculations.
    • GA1: Intellectual rigour
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline

Prescribed texts

  • Bayes, S & de-Vitry Smith, S-A, 2019, Skills for Midwifery Practice, Australian and New Zealand edition, 1st edn, Elsevier, Australia. ISBN: 978-0-7295-4277-7.
  • Kain, V & Mannix, T, 2018, Neonatal Nursing in Australia and New Zealand, 1st edn, Elsevier, Australia. ISBN: 9780729542609.
  • Pairman, S, Tracy, S, Dahlen, H & Dixon, L,, 2018, Midwifery: Preparation for Practice , 4th edn, Elsevier, Australia.
  • Raynor, M, Marshall, J & Jackson, K, 2012, Midwifery Practice: critical illness, complications and emergencies case book, New York, McGraw-Hill Open University Press.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hours (Once per session)
Lecture online 32 hours (Over the intensive)
Tutorial on-site 24 hours (Over the intensive)
Laboratory session 18 hours (Over the intensive)
Community/Professional placement 130 hours (Across the session)
Assessment
OSCA SR
VIVA10%
Critical review30%
Exam: closed bookSR
Exam: closed book60%
Midwifery Practice RequirementsSR

Teaching method
Tutorial online 2 hours (Once per session)
Lecture online 32 hours (Over the intensive)
Tutorial on-site 24 hours (Over the intensive)
Laboratory session 18 hours (Over the intensive)
Community/Professional placement 130 hours (Across the session)
Assessment
OSCA SR
VIVA10%
Critical review30%
Exam: closed bookSR
Exam: closed book60%
Midwifery Practice RequirementsSR
Notice

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

Domestic

Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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International

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