Contemporary Midwifery

Course code NURS6520Units 10Level 6000Faculty of Health and MedicineSchool of Nursing and Midwifery

This course is designed for midwives to make a contribution to the midwifery discipline. Midwives will increase their midwifery leadership skills by acting as role models for their peers and students. Midwives will understand the importance of developing and maintaining a public health profile within the midwifery discipline and extend their skills in consultative and collaborative practice. Midwives will explore the significance of creating and maintaining a positive workplace culture to ensure zero tolerance of xenophobia, discrimination and horizontal violence. Midwives will gain an understanding of human rights regarding asylum seekers and refugees and women’s rights in childbearing. The importance of evidence based practice and research contributes further to the midwifery discipline and midwives’ professional development.

Available in 2015

WebLearn GradSchoolTrimester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete this course will be able to:
1. Analyse the concept of advanced practice;
2. Discuss workplace culture and the role of leadership in eliminating harassment, horizontal violence and bullying in the work place;
3. Access, retrieve and critique research articles;
4. Review and evaluate individual midwifery practice to ensure practice is current and evidence informed;
5. Critique the political and cultural context of childbearing in Australia using a human rights framework when working with asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants;
6. Appraise the impact of power relations on midwifery practice when dealing with issues of domestic violence, child sexual assault and the right not to be pregnant versus the right to life;
7. Critically evaluate the effect of the media on childbearing families and its role in the social construction of childbearing and parenthood;
8. Discuss multidisciplinary consultation and collaboration when working with women and families faced with miscarriage, grief and loss, infertility, antenatal and postnatal depression.
ContentThis course includes advanced practice, leadership and workplace culture; the nature of knowledge and evidence as continually evolving and the requirement for current evidence informed practice; cultural diversity and human rights; power and empowerment; consultative and collaborative practice.

This course is comprised of four modules.
Module 1: Leadership
Module 2: Evidence Informed Health Care
Module 3: Contemporary Australia Society
Module 4: Consultative and Collaborative Practice
Replacing Course(s)n/a
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeBachelor of Midwifery (or equivalent) or completion of a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery together with current authority to practice as a registered midwife.
Modes of DeliveryFlexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Teaching MethodsEmail Discussion Group
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsCritical Reflection
Other: (please specify)Literature Review
Other: (please specify)Online participation (e-technologies)
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Midwifery Studies program.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for NURS6520