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HNM323 - Challenges in Infant Care

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in D355 Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery to enrol in this unit

Unit chair:

Dolores Dooley

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Margaret Pszczolkowski

Warrnambool: Erin Guiney





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Contact hours:

Contact hours: 6 Cloud (online) hours, 16 hours of face-to-face contact in tutorials, 6 hours of experiential learning in structured simulation activities


In this unit, the first of two Year 3 units within the Clinical Studies Cluster, students will examine the physiological changes of infants at birth including the challenges of care for the pre-term, small for gestational age and term infants who develop complex health issues; and care delivered in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals. Aims of this unit include developing the student’s knowledge, skills and competencies to care for the neonate and family where a newborn requires admission to a Special Care Nursery.


Assessment task 1: Group Presentation (equivalent 500 words) 20%.

Assessment task 2:  Written Assignment (equivalent 1000 words) 30%.

Assessment task 3:  Examination (1.5 hours) 50%


Department of Human Services policy - Police Record Check and Working With Children Check

In accordance with Department of Human Services policy, all students are required to undertake a National Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their course. Students who fail to obtain a Police Record Check and a Working with Children Check prior to the commencement of clinical placement will not be able to undertake clinical placement and this will impede progress in the course.

Students may also be required to declare their immunisation status to satisfy the requirements of health organisations where they will be undertaking their clinical learning experience. A health organisation may refuse to accept a student for placement if the student’s immunisation status is not satisfactory to the health organisation.

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