Available in 2022
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


Using the specialist concept of woman-centredness and building on their knowledge and skills as a registered health professional, this course provides students with a variety of professional experiences: continuity of midwifery care and/or rostered work in maternity units and the community, with emphasis on well women and babies. As the second in a suite of four professional experience courses designed to prepare postgraduate students for registration as a midwife, it provides progressive specialist theory and technical skill development through simulated learning and midwifery professional experience.



  • Semester 2 - 2022


  • Semester 2 - 2022

Manning Base Hospital

  • Semester 2 - 2022

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. critically analyse research and translate theory into midwifery practice through preparation and discovery in simulated learning sessions

2. exhibit high-level quality communication in midwifery work with women and their babies

3. clearly apply the legal, ethical, cultural and professional frameworks to maternity care situations

4. demonstrate, and reflect/be reflexive on, specialist learning (knowledge, skills acquisition, attitudes, values and abilities) in/from midwifery work with women and their babies

5. show evidence of professional relationships with midwives and other members of the interdisciplinary team

6. achieve a satisfactory level of professional practice by demonstrating appropriate progress


This course is comprised of five modules:

Module 1: Advanced communication skills for working with childbearing women and in the maternity care team.

Module 2: Safely optimising the health and well-being of women and their babies during labour and the first hour post birth.

Module 3: Safely optimising the health and well-being of well women and their babies in early postnatal time.

Module 4: Breast feeding and lactation: supporting and assisting women and their babies

Module 5: Legal and ethical issues:

  • Pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics and the quality use of medicines
  • Documentation
  • Ethical frameworks
  • Occupational violence

Review of Progress

This course is a compulsory program requirement for students in the following program(s):

In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students enrolled in these program(s) must satisfactorily complete this course in order to progress in their program.

Assessment items

Journal: Reflective Journal (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) *

Professional Task: Clinical - Midwifery Practice Progression (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory) *

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Clinical: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend a minimum 100% of these sessions.
  • Laboratory: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - 100% Preparation and Participation in Laboratory sessions/Practical requirements

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Journal: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • Professional Task: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.

Pre-Placement Requirements:

  • NSW Health Verification Requirements - Mandatory NSW Health Verification Requirements must be met.

Contact hours

Callaghan, Manning Base Hospital and Gosford


Face to Face Off Campus 336 hour(s) per Term Full Term

a) Complete working with a min of 3 and a max of 7 women as ‘continuity of care experiences’ b) Rostered midwifery exp: paid employment as a student midwife/registered nurse in a Maternity Unit at 0.6 FTE for 14 weeks = approximately 336 hrs (or equiv).

Individual Supervision

Face to Face On Campus 6 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Clinical Supervision


Face to Face On Campus 24 hour(s) per Term Full Term

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.