HNM703 - Contexts of Midwifery Practice

Year: 2020 unit information
Enrolment modes: 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


HNM701, HNM702



Incompatible with:


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

Theoretical component 50 hours; clinical practicum 24 hours.

Note: Cloud (online) teaching methods and independent learning activities require internet access.

Nominated ‘study days’ are conducted throughout each of the trimesters over the 18 months of the course.


This unit reviews definitions of the midwife, drawing on historical, philosophical, art, scientific and cultural elements. Midwifery practice is examined according to professional organisations, e.g. the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (“ANMAC”), Australian College of Midwives (ACM), and Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) through the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (“NMBA”). The scope of midwifery practice, competencies, professional responsibilities of a midwife (e.g. primary care, referral role and education, models of care, and maternity services available to childbearing women) are presented. Women's health issues across the lifespan are explored.

Hurdle requirement

  • Midwifery practice Experience Pass/Fail
  • Clinical assessment (24 hours) Pass/Fail
  • Competency assessment Pass/Fail

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