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NS4007 - Pharmacology for Midwives

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

The focus of this subject is to prepare the future graduate midwife with sufficient knowledge of legislation, policy, pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics to safely and effectively work within maternity service drug therapy protocols.

Learning Outcomes

  • apply knowledge of the Drug Therapy Protocol: Midwives (Queensland Government, 2016) or equivalent in planning care for mother and baby;
  • critically analyse the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of medicines used in maternity care in Australia;
  • demonstrate the principles of quality use of medicines across the pregnancy continuum;
  • demonstrate the application of the NMBA (2006) National Competency Standards for the Midwife in relation to the use of medicines across the pregnancy continuum.
Prerequisites: NS4003 AND NS4004 AND NS4320 AND NS4101
Corequisites: NS4340 AND NS4008


Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Mrs Gillian Harris, Mrs Michelle McElroy
Lecturers: Dr Marie McAuliffe, Mrs Gillian Harris, Mrs Michelle McElroy.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 13 hours lectures
  • 26 hours practicals
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (50%); viva (20%); essays (30%).
Special Assessment Requirements: Examinations may be scheduled outside regular university examination period - refer to Clinical Ladder.

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.