This course develops the students' cultural awareness and sensitivity to Indigenous people, their culture and spiritual practices; particularly practices associated with childbearing and family. Students will develop an understanding of the socio-historical context of Indigenous people with particular emphasis on the Hunter New England region. The stolen generation and its ongoing legacy will be explored. The way in which health services have been offered to Indigenous people will be outlined. Indigenous understandings of women's business about birthing and mothering and the role of men in families will be explored. The way that western health services and health professionals currently relate to Indigenous women will be discussed. Culturally appropriate birthing services will be considered. The aim is that midwives will learn to work in a capacity-building, culturally inclusive partnership with Indigenous women, their families, and communities during preconception, pregnancy, birth and the first 6 weeks postnatal.
This course provides cross-cultural understanding in an Indigenous context and fits the University's commitment to Indigenisation of curriculum and graduate attributes.
Assumed Knowledge All first year courses competed
Availability2017 Course Timetables
Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst
- Semester 1 - 2017
- Semester 2 - 2017
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Ensure that midwifery practice is woman- centred, culturally inclusive and safe.
2. Base midwifery practice on ethical decision-making in an Indigenous cultural environment.
3. Function in accordance with legislation and common law affecting midwifery practice.
4. Integrate knowledge from psycho-physiology and related research to understand best practice in maternity care in an Indigenous appropriate practice across the following contexts: a. Preconception and conception b. Pregnancy c. Birth d. Postnatal and Infant nutrition
- Indigenous history and cultural diversity (pre and post-colonial)
- Indigenous Women's business and western maternity services
- Health Disparities between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Childbearing Families
- Cultural safety in relation to Indigenous childbearing
Students must be in the B Midwifery program, and have successfully completed the following courses: NURS1101, MIDI1101, MIDI1203, MIDI1204, HUBS1406, and HUBS1416.
NURS1101, MIDI1101, MIDI1203, MIDI1204, HUBS1406, HUBS1416
Journal: Journal *
Presentation: Tutorial Presentation *
Essay: Essay/Written Presentation *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Lecture: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend a minimum of 80% of these sessions.
- Tutorial: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must attend a minimum of 80% of these sessions.
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Essay: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Each assessment will require a minimum of a pass mark to successfully complete the course
- Presentation: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Each assessment will require a minimum of a pass mark to successfully complete the course
- Journal: Pass Requirement - Students must pass this assessment item to pass the course. - Each assessment will require a minimum of a pass mark to successfully complete the course
- Working with Children - A national criminal history check and review of findings of misconduct involving children, required for any child-related work. - Students must attend study days 1 and 2 and participate in all activities of the days prior to their 16 hour integrated learning placement.
Callaghan and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst
Integrated Learning Session
Face to Face On Campus 16 hour(s) per Term
Students must attend study days 1 and 2 prior to attending their 16 hour integrated learning placement with an Aboriginal service related to childbearing women and their families.
Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term
Lectures are internal or online. Attendance Requirement ¿ Students must attend a minimum of 80% of these sessions.
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 Weeks