Unit description

Applies knowledge of primary health care and public health to maternity care in Australia and globally. In order to learn to work effectively as primary health care practitioners in the community, students will liaise with and critically examine the functionality of other local health facilities and welfare providers. Students demonstrate culturally safe and effective community-based midwifery care through needs assessment and case studies.

Unit content

Module 1 Revision of primary health care and public health

  • Philosophy of Primary Health Care, Health Promotion and Community Development
  • Global and national pregnancy related morbidity and mortality patterns
  • Epidemiology of medical interventions and complications of maternity care

Module 2 Primary health care midwifery in community settings

  • Networking
  • Community needs and services assessment
  • Working with community-based health and welfare agencies
  • Providing culturally safe, community-based primary health care midwifery
  • Primary health care groups in pregnancy and the postnatal period

Module 3 Ensuring safety and quality of midwifery practice

  • Relationships with local maternity unit/s
  • Consultation and referral
  • Visiting rights
  • Medicare eligibility
  • Prescribing rights
  • Business skills
  • Professional Portfolios
  • Practice Audit
  • Peer Review and Midwifery Practice Review
  • Midwifery Regulation

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

Teaching and assessment


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


Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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