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HNM703 - Contexts of Midwifery Practice

Unit details

Year2015 unit information
Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2: 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:

Diane Phillips


HNM701, HNM702



Incompatible with:


Contact hours: Theoretical component 36 hours; clinical practicum 24 hours


Classes are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and videoconferenced to other venues.


This unit reviews national and international definitions of the midwife and draws on historical, philosophical, art, scientific and cultural elements related to the role of the Midwife. Midwifery practice is examined according to professional guidelines by organisations including the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) and Australian College of Midwives (ACM). The scope of midwifery practice, competencies, professional responsibilities of a midwife (i.e. primary care, referral and collaboration roles with other health professionals), health education and promotion; practice in diverse models of care (i.e. caseload midwifery or private practice); and the promotion of woman-centred care, encompassing socio-cultural diversity and needs of the Australian community including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and women from other cultural groups, are examined. Women’s health issues (i.e. urinary stress incontinence, infertility, genetic counselling, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and refugee health) are explored.


Assessment task 1: Assignment (1500 words) 40%
Assessment task 2: Assignment (2500 words) 60%
Assessment task 3: Hurdle requirement - Midwifery practice Experience Pass/Fail
Assessment task 4: Hurdle requirement - Clinical assessment (24 hours) Pass/Fail
Assessment task 5: Hurdle requirement - Competency assessment Pass/Fail

Clinical assessment

The interim competency of the Victorian Standardised Clinical Assessment Tool for Midwifery Students is to be completed. This is a pass/fail assessment.

Students are required to maintain a Midwifery Portfolio including reflective practice entries. Commencement and continuation of Continuity of Care experiences.

Students are required to successfully complete practice requirements to support their application to AHPRA for registration as a ‘midwife’, NMBA.

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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