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HNM704 - Clinical Challenges in Maternity Care

Unit details

Year2018 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: 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:

Trimester 1: Diane Phillips

Trimester 2: Dolores Dooley


HNM701 and HNM702



Incompatible with:


Contact hours: Theoretical component 50 hours; clinical practicum 120 hours


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

Cloud (online) teaching methods and independent learning activities require internet access.


This unit reviews the pathophysiology related to complex health issues of the woman and her fetus during pregnancy, or following birth; the midwife's referral role to other health professionals. It also encompasses ethical, legal issues, loss and grief and community resources.


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


Students are required to successfully complete practice requirements to support their application to AHPRA for registration as a ‘midwife’, NMBA.


Satisfactory completion of the Victorian Standardised Clinical Assessment Tools for Midwifery Students (competency based learning), incorporating the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (2006) National Competency Standards for the Midwife. They include: Care of the Mother and Baby with Increased Needs in Labour, Care of the Woman on Admission to Birth Environment, Management of Pain Relief in Labour, Management of an Induction of Labour, Performing and Interpreting a Cardiotograph Tracing on a Labouring Woman, Performing a Vaginal Examination and Reception and Care of the Newborn Baby. These are pass/fail assessments. Students are required to maintain a Midwifery Portfolio including reflective practice entries and records of learning opportunities. Commencement and continuation of Continuity of Care experiences (minimum of 10 hours each). Students are required to successfully complete practice requirements to support their application to Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (“AHPRA”) for registration as a midwife to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (“NMBA”).

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