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NS3228 - Midwifery Practice and Complex Care

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject builds students' knowledge of physiological and pathophysiological processes to meet the needs of women requiring complex care due to complications of pregnancy and/or pre-existing medical conditions. Students will examine the assessment, planning and evaluation of midwifery care that meets the needs of women within a multidisciplinary team.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate knowledge of pathophysiological processes that may impact on the pregnancy, birth and postnatal continuum;
  • appraise the use of available health technology to support midwifery care in a complex care environment;
  • apply the NMBA (2018) Midwife standards for practice in promoting woman-centred culturally safe care when complex collaborative management is required;
  • evaluate evidence-based practice in the provision of care for women with complex needs.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (20%) - Individual
  • Participation > Class participation - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Essay (including multi-draft) 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Recruit 2 women for Continuity of Care Experiences; must pass hurdle assessment - (%) - Individual
  • Written > Workbook - (%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; participate in at least 80% of scheduled on-campus tutorial classes; achieve a satisfactory grade for the K2 modules; achieve at least 50% for the examination; recruit 2 women as CCE; achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties. Examinations may be scheduled outside regular university examination period.

Prerequisites: NS2003


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Non-standard start/end 09-Jan-2023 to 16-Jun-2023
Coordinator: Mrs Helen Coxhead, Mrs Michelle McElroy
Lecturers: Mrs Helen Coxhead, Dr Marie McAuliffe.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 20 hours lectures
  • 32 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.