HNM705 - Clinical Challenges in Infant Care


2021 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 1: Burwood (Melbourne)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule:

Only available to students enrolled in H676 Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Prerequisite: HNM701, HNM702, HNM703, HNM704


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 120 hours.

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


All classes/seminars are conducted at Burwood (Melbourne) and videoconferenced live 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.

Hurdle requirement

  • 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”).

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