This practice unit enables students to practise woman-centred midwifery care under supervision and in preparation for transition to practice as a graduate midwife at the beginning level. Students will be expected to apply theoretical principles, evidence-based knowledge and midwifery practice skills learned in related units and previous clinical practicum, with an increasing level of complexity and independence leading to competence as a graduate midwife. Students in this unit are advised that restrictions apply to withdrawing online once enrolled, to meet the requirements of external placement providers.

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HMB3112 - Quality Use of Medicines for Midwifery 2

HMB3113 - Complex Pregnancy and Birth 2

HMB3114 - Midwifery Practice 5

HMB3115 - Working as a Professional 2

This is the final unit of the Bachelor of Midwifery that brings theoretical and clinical knowledge together, reflected in the prerequisites as approved by the external accreditation agency ANMAC.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Integrate evidence based knowledge and skills to ensure safe and confident midwifery practice;  
  2. Apply legal and ethical principles to the midwifery care requirements of the childbearing woman;  
  3. Exhibit therapeutic communication skills in the midwifery practice context;  
  4. Demonstrate knowledge and skills when caring for the woman and/or neonate experiencing a critical or deteriorating condition;  
  5. Collaborate effectively with other healthcare professionals in providing care to the woman with complex needs;  
  6. Complete the Continuity of Care program.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Journal Three (3) Reflective journals Pass/Fail
Practicum Clinical Performance Appraisal Pass/Fail
Report Continuity of Care (1000 words) Pass/Fail
Practice assessment is based on the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Council (ANMAC) (2006) National Competency Standards for the Midwife.

Required reading

Myles textbook for midwives. (16th ed).
Marshall, J. E., & Raynor, M. D. (2014)
Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh.

Skills for midwifery practice. (4th ed.).
Johnson, R. & Taylor, W. (2016).
Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh.

These midwifery-specific texts are the most recent editions as approved by the external accreditaiton agency ANMAC.

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