Unit description

Enables students to commence the final group of eight midwifery continuity experiences. Legal and ethical issues concerning parental rights and the rights of the child are discussed, including the impact on the self of the midwife. Research skills for evidence-informed decision-making are further developed. There is further development of the knowledge and skills necessary for cultural competence when working with Indigenous women and women from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Unit content

Module 1: Legal and Ethical Issues in Practice
Module 2: Evidence Informed Decision-Making
Module 3: Cultural Competence (module is co-taught with Indigenous staff from Gnibi)
Module 4: Career Planning

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

  • Homer, C, Brodie, P & Leap, N, Midwifery Continuity of Care, Churchill Livingstone, Sydney.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 8 (Residential Session)
Tutorial on-site 10 (Residential Session)
Structured online learning 1 hr (12 weeks)
Community/Professional placement 38
Short written response50%
Midwifery Practice RequirementsSR
Clinical skillsSR
Agreement with RM for Session 2 'Midwifery Internship'SR

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 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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