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HNM311 - Midwifery Practice 2

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD*, Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)

Credit point(s):2
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

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

Unit chair:

Sara Stelfox

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Cate Nagle, Warrnambool: Erin Guiney


HNM226, HNM312



Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

2 x 3 hour seminars per trimester, 288 hours clinical placement


*CBD refers to Institute of Koorie Education – Community Based Delivery


This unit forms part of the Clinical Studies in Nursing and Midwifery: Year 3/4 cluster and the second of the extended midwifery clinical practice units. This unit builds on all previous units of the clinical, professional and parallel clusters. Students are provided with the opportunity to consolidate their midwifery knowledge, skills and attitudes throughout the 288 hours of clinical practice of this unit.


Assessment task 1: Clinical assessment: Pass/Fail (288 hours, includes 40 hours in Level 2/3 nursery) 

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 288 hours of practicum together with the completion of documenting their midwifery experiences and the completion of any associated Midwifery Practice Learning Tools 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 as pass/fail gradings.

Midwifery Practice Learning Tools

  • Management of Pain Relief in Labour
  • Performing a vaginal examination
  • Full examination of the newborn
  • Enteral/tube feeding the unwell baby
  • Care of the unwell baby receiving oxygen therapy
  • Care of the baby receiving phototherapy
  • Neonatal resuscitation via simulation
  • plus any other Midwifery Practice Learning Tools students have not had the opportunity to complete or wish to revise.

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

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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