Extends students’ application of knowledge from psychophysiology, epigenetics, fetal programming and neuroscience to reproductive physiology and midwifery practice. Students will further develop their skills in holistic health assessment, clinical reasoning and decision making through case studies which focus on physical health assessments and care provision for the woman and fetus/baby.
Module 1 Scientific Foundations of Midwifery Practice
- Homeostasis and Allostasis
- Psychophysiology applied to reproductive physiology
- Epigenetics applied to reproductive physiology
- Neuroscience applied to reproductive physiology
Module 2 Health Assessment, Clinical Reasoning in Midwifery Practice
- Holism, person/health environments
- Holistic health assessment skills within a therapeutic relationship with the woman and family
- Revision and extension of systems-based physical assessment of the woman
- Revision and extension of mental health assessment for the woman and baby
- Revision and extension of assessment of fetal wellbeing
- Revision of newborn health assessment
- Clinical reasoning and expert judgement applied to pregnancy, labour, birth, postnatal and breastfeeding
- Consultation and Referral
- Diagnosis and care planning within a therapeutic relationship with the woman and family
- Health promotion education for individuals and groups
- Evaluation of the effects of midwifery care and education
Module 3 Technical Skills for Midwifery Practice
- Genital tract repair
- Speculum examination
- Pap smears
- ALSO certification (or equivalent)
- Fetal monitoring certification.
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
|On completion of this unit, students should be able to:||GA1||GA2||GA3||GA4||GA5||GA6||GA7|
|1||critically evaluate knowledge in the fields of psychophysiology, epigenetics, fetal programming and neuroscience to the conceptualisation of reproductive physiology.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|2||integrate and apply contemporary scientific knowledge in the fields of psychophysiology, epigenetics, fetal programming and neuroscience to midwifery practice.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline|
|3||investigate holistic and focussed health assessments for women and babies.||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|4||analyse clinical reasoning skills in midwifery practice.||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|5||evaluate own growth in clinical decision making skills.||Intellectual rigour||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
|6||analyse competence in masters level midwifery skills.||Knowledge of a discipline||Lifelong learning|
Teaching and assessment
Commonwealth Supported courses
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Commencing 2014 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1
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