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HNM702 - The Woman and Newborn Infant

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

Only available to students enrolled in H676 Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Unit chair:

Dolores Dooley





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Theoretical component 50 hours; clinical practicum 120 hours


Classes are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and videoconferenced live to other venues.


This unit examines the physiology of the puerperium and the healthy newborn infant immediately following birth; incorporates midwifery care of the women after birth including family planning, sexuality and relationships. It also covers newborn infant behaviour, nutritional needs and breastfeeding; neonatal screening tests, immunisation; and community resources available for the woman and her infant. Emphasis is placed upon woman-centred care, the midwife's responsibilities as a primary health provider including a referral role to other health professionals; health promotion and education.


Assessment task 1: Assignment (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Examination (2 hours, 2000 words) 50%

Assessment task 3: Clinical reflection (equivalent 500 words) 10%

Assessment task 4: Clinical assessment (120 hours) Pass/Fail


Clinical assessment

Satisfactory completion of the Victorian Standardised Clinical Assessment Tool for Midwifery Students (competency based learning), incorporating the Australian Midwifery Council's National Competency Standards for the Midwife. They include: Administering Injections to the Newborn Infant; Breastfeeding Challenges for the Mother and Baby, Facilitating Breastfeeding for the Mother and Baby, Mother and Baby Wellbeing Assessment following Birth; Care of the Woman who has had a Caesarean Section and Blood Screening of the Newborn Baby. These are pass/fail assessments. Students are required to maintain a Midwifery Portfolio including reflective practice entries. Commencement and continuation of Continuity of Care experiences. Students are required to successfully complete practice requirements to support their application to Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) for registration as a 'midwife', Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

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