HNM323 - Challenges in Infant Care


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: 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): Dolores Dooley

Burwood (Melbourne): Anna O'Connell

Warrnambool: Rachel Russell





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Study commitment

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

Contact hours: 6 Cloud (online) hours, 16 hours of face-to-face contact in tutorials, 6 hours of experiential learning in structured simulation activities


Department of Human Services policy - Police Record Check and Working With Children Check

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

In accordance with the Department of Justice 2007, Working with Children Act 2005, amended 2017, 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 may also be 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.


In this unit, the first of two Year 3 units within the Clinical Studies Cluster, students will examine the physiological changes of infants at birth including the challenges of care for the pre-term, small for gestational age and term infants who develop complex health issues; and care delivered in collaboration with a multidisciplinary team of health professionals. Aims of this unit include developing the student’s knowledge, skills and competencies to care for the neonate and family where a newborn requires admission to a Special Care Nursery.

Hurdle requirement

Continuity of Care experiences - Pass/Fail.

Unit Fee Information

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