Aboriginal Childbearing

Course code ABOR2500Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Education and ArtsWollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies

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 pre-conception, 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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Port Macquarie Nth Coast InstSemester 1
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesOn the successful completion of this 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 psychophysiology 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
Content- 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
Replacing Course(s)ABOR2110
TransitionNo transitional arrangements required as this course is a new course in the new Midwifery Program
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsLecture
Integrated Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsStudents will chose from a number of set essay questions which will provide students with opportunity to analyse critical course content against key course objectives.
JournalStudents will keep a reflective journal on their WIL experiences which will be assessed against the course content, knowledge, analytical and theoretical frameworks assessed against their workplace practical exposure.
Presentations - TutorialStudents will provide leadership via presentation or moderation of tutorial chat session (online) of a weekly tutorial topic.
Contact HoursTutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 8 weeks
Integrated Learning: for 16 hour(s) per Term for 4 weeks
Lecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for ABOR2500