HNM322 - Complex Midwifery Care


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 2
EFTSL value: 0.250

HNM202 Collaboration in Midwifery Care


HNN215, HNN227 and one of HNM201 or HNM211

Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will spend on average 300 hours over the trimester undertaking synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning activities for this unit.

This will include 32 hours of synchronous learning activities and an 80 hour midwifery practice experience (MPE). Students will spend 24 hours undertaking guided asynchronous learning activities.

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

2 x 2 hour seminars in weeks 1 - 4
1 x 2 hour seminar in weeks 8 - 11
4 x 2 hour simulations in weeks 8 - 11
80 hour Midwifery Practice Experience (MPE)


Department of Health – Safety Screening Requirements - Police Record Check, Working With Children Check and Immunisation Status

In accordance with the Department of Health policy, all students are required to undertake a Police Record Check prior to clinical placements in each calendar year of their course.

In accordance with the Worker Screening Act 2020, all students are required to undertake a Working with Children Check at the commencement of their 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 are 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.


This unit is the first of three units within the Midwifery Studies Cluster: Year 3. Students are introduced to caring for the woman who experiences complexities in pregnancy, labour and birth and/or postnatal period related to existing or emerging complication or pathology.

Students will extend their understanding of physiological changes that occur across the continuum of care, to inform assessment and midwifery care where the risk of maternal or fetal complications has been identified. The role of collaboration within a multidisciplinary care model will be explored using the Australian College of Midwives’ National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral.

During two (2) week midwifery practice experience (MPE) students will develop mindsets and apply knowledge and skills learned in this unit and previous units.

Hurdle requirement

  • Clinical Skills - Pass/Fail
  • Midwifery Practice Experience (MPE) - Pass/Fail

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