HNM323 - Neonatal Challenges in Midwifery Practice


2023 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Warrnambool, Waterfront (Geelong)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Students must be enrolled in D355 Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery to enrol in this unit.

Campus contact:

Waterfront (Geelong): Melissa Blake
Burwood (Melbourne): Anna O'Connell
Warrnambool: Rachel Russell


HNM202 or HNM322


HNM310 or HNM330

Incompatible with:


Study commitment

Students will spend on average 150 hours over the trimester undertaking synchronous and asynchronous teaching and learning activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

18 hours of synchronous learning activities
2 x 2 hour seminars in week 1 
1 x 2 hour seminar each week 
2 x 2 hour simulations over the trimester.

Students will spend 14 hours undertaking guided asynchronous learning activities.


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 second of three units within the Midwifery Studies Cluster: Year 3. In this unit, students will examine care of the pre-term, small for gestational age and term infants who develop complex health issues. The delivery of care related to neonatal challenges in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals will be explored.

Students will further develop knowledge, skills and mindsets to care for the neonate and family where a newborn requires additional care and/or admission to the special care nursery.

Hurdle requirement

  • Assessment task 2 - Clinical skills

Unit Fee Information

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