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HNM705 - Clinical Challenges in Infant Care

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

Prerequisite:HNM701, HNM702, HNM703, HNM704


Incompatible with:


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


All classes/seminars are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and videoconferenced live to other venues. 


This unit reviews the pathophysiology related to health concerns of the sick, pre-term and small gestational age infant, and the appropriate midwifery care including biophysical assessment and procedures to evaluate health and well-being. Midwifery care extends to parents and families, including a referral role to other health professionals, community resources with reference to ethical, legal issues, loss and grief.


Assessment task 1: Assignment (1500 words) 40%

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

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


Hurdle requirements

Satisfactory completion of the Victorian Standardised Clinical Assessment Tool 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 Unwell Baby Receiving Oxygen Therapy, Care of the Baby Receiving Phototherapy, Enteral / Tube Feeding of the Unwell Baby, Full Examination of the Newborn, Neonatal Resuscitation via Simulation. The final competency assessment is to be completed. These are pass/fail assessments.


Students are required to maintain a Midwifery Portfolio including reflective practice entries and records of learning opportunities and complete a minimum of five (5) 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, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (“NMBA”).

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