This course is designed to enable midwives to examine issues related to the maternity services for childbearing women and neonates at an international and local level using social determinants of health and human rights perspectives. This leads into a critical exploration of the political and cultural context of childbearing in Australia for asylum seekers, refugees or immigrants to enable midwives to make informed, high-level judgements about the maternity care provided, women's rights in childbearing and the outcomes for women and neonates. Students will gain an in-depth understanding of international perspectives on indigeneity and culturally safe, sensitive and competent women-centred care when working with childbearing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women. Public health advocacy skills are demonstrated in creating and maintaining a positive workplace culture to ensure zero tolerance of xenophobia, violence and discrimination. The course also examines factors regarding the social construction of motherhood and parenthood, the effect of media and implications for midwifery practice.
Not currently offered.
This Course was last offered in Trimester 1 - 2020.
This course replaces the following course(s): NURS6580. Students who have successfully completed NURS6580 are not eligible to enrol in MIDI6580.
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast maternity care available in first world and developing countries and critically discuss the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) targets that may best optimise maternal health.
2. Explore international perspectives on indigeneity and examine culturally diverse approaches to child birth.
3. Critically analyse the impact of place of birth and critique maternity care strategies for Australian Indigenous women including issues of cultural safety and culturally competent, women-centered maternity care.
4. Make informed, high-level judgements about the political and cultural context of childbearing in Australia including the care of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants.
5. Critically reflect on the midwife's role as a public health advocate in creating and maintaining a positive workplace culture to ensure zero tolerance of violence, xenophobia, and discrimination as it applies to gender, sexual orientation, race and religion.
6. Synthesise knowledge of the effect of different forms of media on childbearing families, its role in the social construction of childbearing and parenthood, and the implications for midwifery practice.
This course is comprised of five modules:
Module 1: Globalisation and midwifery primary care.
Module 2: International perspectives on indigeneity and culturally diverse approaches to childbirth.
Module 3: Culturally competent, sensitive and safe maternity care for child-bearing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.
Module 4: Political and cultural context of childbearing in Australia and the midwife's role as a public health advocate.
Module 5: The social construction of childbearing and parenthood.
Bachelor of Midwifery (or equivalent) or completion of a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery together with current authority to practice as a registered midwife and one year postgraduate experience.
International Applicants must be a registered midwife or a registered nurse working in a maternity environment in their own country, with a minimum of one year's experience as documented in a professional curriculum vitae.
Online Learning Activity: Online Learning Activities *
Essay: Essay *
Written Assignment: Critical Reflection *
* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
Course Assessment Requirements:
- Written Assignment: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Essay: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
- Online Learning Activity: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.