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NS5136 - Pharmacology and Clinical Midwifery Practice

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

This subject is underpinned by the core principles of primary health care, woman centred and value based care. Graduates will demonstrate the ability to critically reflect upon knowledge acquired in the clinical environment and facilitate care that is consistent with their skills and knowledge in an appropriate safe manner. Content will explore the midwifery skills which define contemporary midwifery practice and begin the journey to an autonomous midwife. Graduates are expected to foster a supportive, holistic midwifery culture for all childbearing women and families they encounter in the pregnancy and birth continuum.

Learning Outcomes

  • demonstrate the NMBA competencies, behaviours, ethical frameworks and professional responsibilities commensurate with the expectation of a graduate midwife;
  • synthesize familiar, complex and challenging occurrences in the pregnancy continuum;
  • apply primary health care principles and social determinants of health to develop and communicate strategies to promote and optimise health, welfare and autonomy of childbearing women and their families;
  • provide culturally appropriate care that is collaborative and in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander childbearing women and their families;
  • evaluate and apply established and emerging evidence and concepts in their midwifery practice;
  • in partnership with the woman appropriately consult with interdisciplinary professionals to ensure they provide safe, effective, woman and family centered care;
  • demonstrate a high level of personal autonomy and accountability for their professional development;
  • apply a contemporary body of evidence-based knowledge and technical skill to design, implement and evaluate midwifery care that is supportive, holistic and recognises every womans right to self-determination.

Subject Assessment

  • Invigilated > End of semester exam - (50%)
  • Complete twenty (20) examinations of the well neonate. Competency in examination of the well neonate [Sat/Unsat] - (%)
  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (50%).

Special Assessment Requirements

Attendance at 5-day residential school held at JCU Townsville Campus (as per 2020 timetable) and satisfactory completion of practical components


Townsville, Study Period 1, Mixed attendance
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Face to face teaching 09-Mar-2020 to 13-Mar-2020
Coordinator: Mrs Gillian Harris
Lecturers: Mrs Helen Coxhead, Mrs Gillian Harris.
Workload expectations:
  • 40 hours workshops/Seminars - 5-day residential block Townsville campus as per 2020 timetable
  • 13 weeks professional Experience

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.