This course consists of 24 units. Two foundational units provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully complete the course, become lifelong learners and explore issues related to living, studying and working in diverse social and cultural environments. Core units promote the concept of cultural safety in practice and address the needs of Aboriginal women and people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Units in bioscience, sociology, psychology and midwifery sciences and practice are combined with extensive periods of clinical experience.
Students practice reflective, evidence-based midwifery encompassing primary health care principles as well as the emotional, physical and social aspects of birth based on an evidence-based multidisciplinary, teaching and learning framework. All students explore the challenges of contemporary midwifery practice and maternity service provision in Australia and internationally as well as addressing the perspectives and needs of Aboriginal women including residents of remote communities.
Units are offered in mixed-modes of study including compulsory on-campus clinical teaching blocks for all students, at their own expense. Clinical teaching blocks are held at Casuarina campus. Once students have completed their clinical teaching block students undertake midwifery professional experience placements in approved health service facilities.
You must provide proof that you have met all university and State/Territory pre-clinical requirements before starting clinical placements. These requirements include, but are not limited to:
- immunisation requirements
- Senior First Aid qualification
- annual criminal record checks
- working with children clearances
- fitness-to-practice requirements.
Midwifery is woman-centred and continuity of care is a core element of the course so a commitment to out-of-hours and between semester clinical work is mandatory. Students must follow 10 women across the course of the degree seeing them four times antenatally, being on call for birth, and seeing them twice postnatally. These requirements are in addition to placement. Potential applicants are advised that midwifery is a profession which places considerable physical and psychological demands on the individual however the rewards of the profession can be profound.
A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 240 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.
||Common units totalling 20 credit points as detailed below.
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability (compulsory)
CUC100 Academic Literacies Through Exploring Sustainability
Select Common Units to find out more about individual units and advanced standing options.
||Compulsory Core units totalling 210 credit points as detailed below.
MID101 Introduction to Midwifery Practice
MID102 Fundamental Skills for Midwifery Practice
NUR135 Primary Health Care (replaces NUR115 and HSC210 from 2021) (previously NUR210)
SBI171 Anatomy and Physiology 1
SBI172 Anatomy and Physiology 2
SWK102 Communication Skills (recoded from SWK142B from 2016)
HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction (replaces HSC230 from 2021) (previously HEA230)
HSC203 Perspectives of Indigenous Health (new title from 2021)
MID201 Healthy Childbearing 1
MID202 Professional Midwifery Practice 1
MID203 Healthy Childbearing 2
MID204 Professional Midwifery Practice 2
MID205 Midwifery Evidence Informed Health Research
PSY202 Developmental Psychology (replaces NUR240 from 2017)
MID301 Women's Health
MID302 Healthy Childbearing 3
MID303 Professional Midwifery Practice 3
MID304 Midwifery in Global Perspective
MID305 Healthy Childbearing 4
MID306 Professional Midwifery Practice 4
MID307 Specialist Neonatal Care
||Specialist Elective unit totalling 10 credit points as detailed below.
PSY209 Social-Cultural Psychology (replaces HSC201 Health Promotion from 2020)
SWK317 Dynamics of Loss and Grief (replaces HSC205 Health Care Policy from 2020)
HSC318 Remote Health
||Total Credit Points
Students who commenced in or after 2013
No more than 20 credit points shall be counted with a grade of "PC" in a Bachelor AQF Level 7 course award and no more than 10 credit points at "PC" may be received at the highest level of the program of learning.
Of the total 240 credit points: (unless specified in the specific course structure above)
* not more than 100 credit points may be taken from 100 level units
* a minimum of 60 credit points must be taken from 300 level units or above
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.
Course Changes 2021
HSC230 Cultural Safety in Health has been replaced by HSC220 Society, Culture and Health: A Sociological Introduction. Students who have already completed HSC230 do not need to complete HSC220.
HSC210 Health Sociology has been replaced by NUR135 Primary Health Care. Students who have already completed HSC210 do not need to complete the replacement unit NUR135.
Course Changes 2020
HSC201 Health Promotion has been replaced by PSY209 Social-Cultural Psychology
HSC205 Health Care Policy has been replaced by SWK317 Dynamics of Loss and Grief
Course Changes 2018
NUR210 Health Sociology has been recoded to HSC210 Health Sociology
HEA230 Cultural Competence in Healthcare has been recoded to HSC230 Cultural Safety in Healthcare