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NS4101 - Capstone - Midwifery Care for Aboriginal and TSI Women and their Families

Credit points: 03
Year: 2018
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject explores the issues that impact on the provision of midwifery care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families. The subject draws from earlier content regarding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's health, with a specific focus on promoting and improving the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families of Northern Queensland. The capstone is designed to further develop an understanding and awareness of the historical and contemporary socio-political and cultural issues which influence the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women and their families in regards to accessing and receiving midwifery care.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically analyse 'traditional midwifery' philosophy, and its woman and baby centred focus extending this approach to emerging models of midwifery care in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women;
  • compare and contrast models of midwifery care for non-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women and their families;
  • critically appraise their own attitudes and practice in delivering midwifery care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families;
  • develop, and deliver a safe model of maternity care 'Murri Way' that is culturally accessible and appropriate (culturally safe[2], Aboriginal cultural competence[3]) for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women and their families;
  • adhere to the philosophy and practice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island midwifery care from the year before and after birth including early childhood and pre-adolescence;
  • evaluate the impact of colonisation, through the policy of governments on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island family dynamics;
  • demonstrate an understanding of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island life perceptions of health using the WHO and NACCHO definition of health;
  • summarise and evaluate the social determinants of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island health and their relationships to government initiatives such as 'Closing the Gap';
  • apply the principles of effective cross cultural communication between midwives and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families in their midwifery practice and scope of care;
  • critically appraise the principles of family centred care in relation to midwifery care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women and their family; and demonstrate sensitivity and engagement with the appropriate process of bereavement 'sorry business' in midwifery care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island women and their family.
Prerequisites: NS3003 AND NS3226 AND HS3101
Corequisites: NS4003 AND NS4004 AND NS4320

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 3
Census Date 01-Feb-2018
Coordinator: Dr Marie McAuliffe
Lecturers: Dr Lynore Geia, Dr Marie McAuliffe.
Contact hours:
  • 30 hours - Combination of Tutorials and Lectures
    Assessment: written paper using a case study (50%); oral viva (30%); written paper - evidence based (20%); midwifery clinical competency workbook (%).

    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.