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HNM704 - Clinical Challenges in Maternity Care

Enrolment modes:Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Diane Phillips


HNM701 and HNM702



Contact hours: Theoretical component 50 hours; clinical practicum 120 hours

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

Cloud (online) teaching methods and independent learning activities require and independent learning activities
internet access. You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit reviews the pathophysiology related to complex health issues of the woman and her fetus during pregnancy, or following birth; the midwife's referral role to other health professionals. It also encompasses ethical, legal issues, loss and grief and community resources.


Assessment task 1: Assignment (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Examination (2 hours) 60%


Satisfactory completion of the Victorian Standardised Clinical Assessment Tools for Midwifery Students (competency based learning), incorporating the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council’s (2006) National Competency Standards for the Midwife. They include: Care of the Mother and Baby with Increased Needs in Labour, Care of the Woman on Admission to Birth Environment, Management of Pain Relief in Labour, Management of an Induction of Labour, Performing and Interpreting a Cardiotograph Tracing on a Labouring Woman, Performing a Vaginal Examination and Reception and Care of the Newborn Baby. These are pass/fail assessments. Students are required to maintain a Midwifery Portfolio including reflective practice entries and records of learning opportunities. Commencement and continuation of Continuity of Care experiences (minimum of 10 hours each). Students are required to successfully complete practice requirements to support their application to Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (“AHPRA”) for registration as a midwife to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (“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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