Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


This course is designed to equip the novice midwife or nurse with the knowledge required to initiate appropriate care and manage a baby born with complex neonatal needs in any maternity setting. Students will gain knowledge related to care of the neonate including ensuring thermoregulation, adequate oxygenation, maintaining normoglycaemia, intra-gastric feeding, initiation and maintenance of lactation and breastfeeding and supporting parents. Issues including communication and referral processes, stabilisation, maintaining and transferring compromised newborns will be explored. The care required by neonates with complex needs on transition back to a maternity unit will be discussed. The role of the midwife or nurse in supporting the mother, father and family and promoting attachment and bonding with the compromised newborn is highlighted.



  • Semester 1 - 2018


  • Semester 1 - 2018

Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst

  • Semester 1 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Apply knowledge about neonatal circulation and the changes that normally occur in the first few hours after birth

2. Apply knowledge about neonatal needs for thermoregulation, nutrition (including breastfeeding), safety and love

3. Initiate basic neonatal resuscitation

4. Initiate and assist with the stabilisation of the compromised neonate, including the administration of IV fluids and medications

5. Maintain the health status of the compromised neonate prior to and during transfer

6. Provide transitional care of neonates with complex needs in a rural hospital

7. Use professional communication skills in referral and documentation

8. Provide breastfeeding support to the woman and baby when the newborn is compromised

9. Demonstrate advanced interpersonal skills when listening and responding to distressed parents


  • Module 1: Principles of Caring for the Neonate and her/his Mother
  • Module 2: Neonate Resuscitation in any context
  • Module 3: Stabilisation, Maintenance and Transfer of Compromised Neonate
  • Module 4: Receiving Babies 'back transferred' to a Maternity Unit


This course is only available to students active in the Bachelor of Nursing program or Bachelor of Midwifery Program and successfully completed NURS1101, NURS1201, NURS1202, HUBS1406 and HUBS1416.

Assessment items

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Learning package *

Online Learning Activity: Preparation for and participation in online tutorials *

In Term Test: Neonatal Drug Calculation Exam *

Online Learning Activity: Completion of K2 Perinatal Training Programme modules *

* 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:

  • Tutorial: Attendance Requirement - Students must attend a minimum number of these sessions. - Students must prepare and participate in 80% of tutorials.

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Online Learning Activity: 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.
  • Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Attempt / Submission Requirement - Students must attempt/submit this assessment item to pass the course.
  • In Term Test: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - 90% mastery of medication calculations.

Contact hours

Callaghan, Ourimbah and Port Macquarie Nth Coast Inst


Face to Face On Campus 12 hour(s) per Term Full Term

Lectures 6 hours x 2 days internal


Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorials are delivered online