Return to previous page

HNM226 - Midwifery Practice 1

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)

Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:0.250
Cohort rule:

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

Unit chair:

Erin Guiney

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Sara Stelfox, Waterfront (Geelong): Margaret Pszczolkowski





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

2 x 3 hour seminars per trimester, 192 hours clinical placement


This unit forms part of the Clinical Studies in Nursing and Midwifery Year 3/4 cluster and aims to focus student learning on developing and consolidating their midwifery knowledge, skills and attributes through extended clinical learning experiences in midwifery practice settings. Students will have the opportunity to observe the midwife’s role and function within a multidisciplinary maternity care team and participate in supervised care of women, newborn infants, and their families during the 192 hour clinical placement.


Assessment task 1: Clinical assessment: Pass/Fail  

Failure of the clinical component will lead to a fail in this unit and may lead to exclusion.

Clinical assessment involves the students successfully completing 192 hours of practicum together with the completion of documenting their midwifery experiences and the completion of any associated Midwifery Skills for this unit. The successful completion of the Midwifery Portfolio and clinical practicum is considerable and requires students to safely integrate knowledge and skills, apply theory in practice situations, and demonstrate progression and consolidation of clinical competencies across a range of professional domains. Although no numerical weighting is attributed to the clinical assessment in terms of the final unit result, clinical is competency-based and has therefore been given a weighting relative to the total student workload. The School thereby acknowledges that the clinical assessment is valid, worthwhile, and requires commitment from the student whilst supporting the competency-based nature of this assessment. To pass the competency assessment a minimum grade of "proficient" must be obtained for all elements.

Midwifery Skills

  • Initial assessment of the pregnant woman
  • Performing and interpreting a cardiotocograph tracing on a pregnant woman
  • Performing and interpreting a cardiotocograph tracing on a labouring woman
  • Management and induction of labour
  • Care of the mother and baby with increased needs in labour
  • Blood screening of the newborn baby
  • Administering injections to the newborn baby
  • plus any other Midwifery Skills that students have not had the opportunity to complete.

Assessment task 2: Midwifery Portfolio (equivalent to 500 words)

To meet the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's midwife registration requirements students, upon completion of clinical placement, are required to submit their Midwifery Portfolio.

Assessment task 3: Maintain Continuity of Care experiences with women during pregnancy, birth, and following birth
(10 hours per experience)

Department of Human Services policy and Working with Children Act

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 Working with Children Act 2005**, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at commencement of the 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.

* Department of Human Services 2007, Service agreement information kit for funded organisations 2006–2009, State Government of Victoria, Melbourne, retrieved 1 July 2007.
** Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, Victoria, Australia retrieved April 2012

Return to previous page