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HNM312 - Challenges in Maternity Care

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

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

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Cohort rule:

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

Unit chair:

Margaret Pszczolkowski

Campus contact:

Burwood (Melbourne): Catherine Nagle
Waterfront (Geelong): Catherine Nagle
Warrnambool: Erin Guiney





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

8 x 2 hour seminars, 6 hours simulation, 8 x 2 hour cloud (online) classes per trimester


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


In this unit, which forms part of the Parallel Nursing and Midwifery Studies cluster, students will examine and participate in the care of the woman who experiences or is at risk of experiencing health challenges during pregnancy, labour, birth and following birth. A focus of this unit is on the midwife’s role of referral and collaboration in multidisciplinary approaches to care and an emphasis on a woman-centred, evidence-based approach.


Assessment task 1: Written assignment (equivalent to 2000 words) 50%
This assessment will allow students to increase their knowledge and understanding of women at risk of experiencing health challenges during pregnancy, labour, birth, and following birth. Students will need to apply this knowledge in midwifery practice settings.

Assessment task 2: Examination (2 hour closed book, equivalent to 2000 words) 50%
Formal written examination will cover all aspects of the unit. The examination will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions incorporating all unit content. The examination will require students to demonstrate understanding of women at risk of experiencing health challenges during pregnancy, labour, birth, and following birth including the related care.


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

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