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HNM314 - Issues and Trends in Midwifery Practice

Unit details

Year2016 unit information
Enrolment modes:

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

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:


Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in D355 Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery to enrol in this unit

Unit chair:

Sara Stelfox

Campus contact:

Waterfront (Geelong): Margaret Pszczolkowski, Warrnambool: Erin Guiney





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

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


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


This is the final midwifery specific unit and forms part of the Professional Studies in Nursing and Midwifery cluster which builds on all previous units of study by providing students with the opportunities to explore issues influencing contemporary midwifery practice. Opportunities are provided for students to critically examine issues of women’s health care related to social, cultural, political and ethical frameworks. It is expected that during the two (2) week clinical placement students will apply and integrate knowledge and skills learned in this unit and all previous units to comprehend the role of a Division 1 registered nurse who also holds endorsement as a midwife in contemporary nursing and midwifery practice in a variety of health care and maternity service settings.


Assessment task 1: Written assignment 1 (equivalent to 1000 words) 40%
Assessment task 2: Written assignment 2 (equivalent to 2000 words) 60%
Assessment task 3: Clinical assessment: Pass/Fail (equivalent to 1000 words)

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

Midwifery Skills
All Midwifery Skills for the course are required to be completed. During this final midwifery unit students will focus on consolidating knowledge, skills and attributes as part of their transition to graduate nurse/midwife and supported by a two (2) week midwifery clinical placement.

Hurdle: Midwifery Portfolio
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. Complete 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

All Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP), fee paying undergraduate and pre-2016 commencing students

Unit fee information available soon

2016 commencing International and full fee paying postgraduate domestic students

Your units are priced based on the course you are enrolled in. Please refer to the current year's course entry to estimate the unit cost.

You can calculate the cost of each unit by using the following calculation:

Course fee x unit EFTSL value = unit price

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