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HNM705 - Clinical Challenges in Infant Care

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:

Maureen Miles

Prerequisite:HNM701, HNM702, HNM703, HNM704


Incompatible with:


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


All classes/seminars are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and videoconferenced to other venues. 


This unit reviews the pathophysiology related to health concerns of the sick, pre-term and small gestational age infant, and the appropriate midwifery care including biophysical assessment and procedures to evaluate health and well-being. Midwifery care extends to parents and families, including a referral role to other health professionals, community resources with reference to ethical, legal issues, loss and grief.


Assessment task 1: Assignment (1500 words) 40%

Assessment task 2: Examination (2 hours, 2000 words) 60%

Hurdle requirements:

Satisfactory completion of the Victorian Standardised Clinical Assessment Tool 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 Unwell Baby Receiving Oxygen Therapy, Care of the Baby Receiving Phototherapy, Enteral / Tube Feeding of the Unwell Baby, Full Examination of the Newborn, Neonatal Resuscitation via Simulation. The final competency assessment is to be completed. These are pass/fail assessments.

Students are required to maintain a Midwifery Portfolio including reflective practice entries and records of learning opportunities and complete a minimum of five (5) 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, 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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