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HNM703 - Contexts of Midwifery Practice

Unit details

Year2016 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 definitions of the midwife, drawing on historical, philosophical, art, scientific and cultural elements. Midwifery practice is examined according to professional organisations, e.g. the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (“ANMAC”), Australian College of Midwives (ACM), and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (“NMBA”). The scope of midwifery practice, competencies, professional responsibilities of a midwife (e.g. primary care, referral role and education, models of care, and maternity services available to childbearing women) are presented. Women's health issues across the lifespan 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

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

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