Unit description

Promotes the creation and maintenance of a mentorship relationship between each senior midwifery student and their chosen mentor with whom the student will work for 60 hours. Mentors are selected (and approved) for their excellence in midwifery practice. During the time of their internship the student will critically reflect upon an aspect of their practice and complete a related systematic and critically review of the research literature. This unit provides students with an opportunity to enhance and deepen their capacity to undertake the role of professional midwife within the near future. This unit may be completed in another state or country if the necessary university and legal agreements are in place and ANMAC approval has been granted.

Unit content

  1. Internship proposal development and marking criteria
  2. The midwife's role within the broader socio-political context
  3. Evaluation of the effectiveness of an intervention
  4. Critical evaluation of own performance

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 2

  • Fahy, K, Foureur, M & Hastie, C, 2008, Birth Territory and Midwifery Guardianship: theory for practice, education and research, 1st edn, Elsevier, Edinburgh.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture on-site 14 (Residential Session)
Community/Professional placement 60
Structured online learning 45 mins (12 weeks)
Internship proposal30%
Midwifery Practice RequirementsSR
Literature review50%
Reflective writing20%

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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