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NS5134 - Challenges to the Pregnancy, Birth and Postnatal Continuum

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

Incorporating the philosophy of woman-centred care, this subject will focus on perinatal challenges in the pregnancy continuum. A perinatal challenge is an event that impacts on a woman's pregnancy or on a newborn's adaption to extrauterine life which, when corrected, enables the woman or the newborn to return to a normal pathway. The content will explore the physiological and pathophysiological processes that can lead to the development of these challenges and the midwifery skills, knowledge and care that can provide the necessary interventions, including pharmacological and non-pharmacological, to resolve the challenge for the woman and newborn.

Learning Outcomes

  • explain and justify the physiological and pathophysiological processes that underpin perinatal challenges that women and newborns can experience in the pregnancy continuum;
  • critically analyse midwifery knowledge, including pharmacological, skills and care required for women and newborns experiencing a perinatal challenge in the pregnancy continuum, utilising the latest research and evidence based practice;
  • reflect on woman centred care of women experiencing a perinatal challenge.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (40%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (40%)
  • Completion of professional portfolio [Sat/Unsat] - (%)
  • Reflections x 2 - (20%).

Special Assessment Requirements

Examinations may be scheduled outside the regular University examination period - refer to NM Year Planner. Pass requirements: complete and submit all assessment items; achieve a satisfactory grade for the professional portfolio; achieve at least 50% in the formal examination; attend the 5 day residential school held at JCU Townsville Campus (as per NM year planner); achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% for the subject.

Prerequisites: NS5131 AND NS5132


Townsville, Study Period 2, Mixed attendance
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Non-standard start/end 20-Jul-2020 to 20-Nov-2020
Face to face teaching 20-Jul-2020 to 24-Jul-2020
Coordinator: Dr Karen Yates, Mrs Helen Coxhead
Lecturers: Dr Karen Yates, Mrs Helen Coxhead, Ms Reuby Grantley-Davies.
Workload expectations:

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

  • 40 hours workshops/Seminars - 5 day residential block Townsville campus (as per 2020 timetable)
  • 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.