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MID3499 Midwifery Practice 8

Semester 2, 2022 External
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : Band 1
Grading basis : Pass/Not Pass
Version produced : 30 June 2022


Examiner: Leah Avery


Pre-requisite: MID3199 and MID3299


Midwifery practice is an ordered sequence of clinical experiences enabling progressive development and application of evidence-based knowledge for the advancement of clinical skills necessary to deliver effective care. This course provides the student with skills to implement and evaluate continuity of care under the supervision of a midwife in a midwifery clinical setting. Students will apply midwifery principles when providing collaborative care of women and their babies in a continuity of care model. This course enables the student to blend knowledge with critical thinking and professional reflection.

The assessment in this course is competency-based. Students will achieve either a pass or fail for each assessment. Students need to pass all assessment items to successfully complete the course. These competency items form part of the USQ accreditation agreement with the accrediting organisation/s (where relevant).

This course enables students to apply the concepts of holistic and theoretical analysis to provide professional and competent skills to women and their families and babies in a continuity of care model. Students will employ a holistic approach to assessment, management and evaluation of care provided to women. The course employs a holistic approach to assessment and management as students extend their prior learning by applying knowledge to continuity of care and quality pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. This course will facilitate the development of students' personal and therapeutic communication skills with the aim of producing learners who are able to demonstrate assessment skills, critical thinking, reflection, the ability to prioritise and the safe transfer of theory to the real world of practice and to subsequent courses of study.

Course learning outcomes

On completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional conduct including using effective communication skills and evidence-based philosophy to maintain collaborative and supportive relationships with women, their families and health professionals in a culturally appropriate manner;
  2. Implement and evaluate holistic and collaborative practice when caring for women in a continuity of care model of care;
  3. Apply and integrate theoretical and professional dimensions of therapeutic and inter-professional communication when undertaking quality pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics;
  4. Demonstrate the ability to analyse events and intervene appropriately to plan, implement and evaluate safe and appropriate care by using systematic data collection, and evidence to effectively make decisions and problem solve;
  5. Demonstrate fundamental principles associated with preservation of an individual's integrity and awareness of their unique values, beliefs, customs and culture when planning and managing their requirements.
  6. Demonstrate NMBA National Competency Standards for the midwife.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Continuity of Care 10.00
2. Reflective practice 20.00
3. Learning packages
Child Safety
4. Midwife Practice portfolio 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

Australian College of Midwives 2020, National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral, 3rd edn, Australian College of Midwives, Australia.
Bullock. S & Manias. E 2017, Fundamentals of Pharmacology, 8th edn, Pearson, Australia.
Chapman,V., Charles, C 2017, The midwife’s labour and birth handbook, 4th edn, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester.
Department of Health 2018, Clinical Practice Guidelines: Pregnancy Care, Australian Government Department of Health, Canberra.
De-Vitry Smith. S, Bayes. S 2019, Skills for Midwifery Practice, Australia & New Zealand edn, Elsevier, Sydney.
Marshall. J & Raynor. M 2010, Advancing Skills in Midwifery Practice, Elsevier, Edinburgh.
Pairman. S, Pincombe. J, Thorogood. C & Tracy. S 2019, Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, 4th edn, Elevier, Sydney.

Student workload expectations

To do well in this subject, students are expected to commit approximately 10 hours per week including class contact hours, independent study, and all assessment tasks. If you are undertaking additional activities, which may include placements and residential schools, the weekly workload hours may vary.

Assessment details

Approach Type Description Group
Weighting (%) Course learning outcomes
Assignments Practical Practical No 10 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Assignments Written Reflection (personal/clinical) No 40 1,4
Assignments Practical Placement Performance No 50 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
Date printed 30 June 2022