MDWF12003 - Midwifery Practice 1

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This clinical placement unit is the first of four that provides you with midwifery clinical experience. The focus of this unit is on the role of the midwife in promoting and facilitating normal processes of the childbearing continuum utilising the Australian College of Midwives 'National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral'. You will be involved in the provision of care of the woman and her family throughout pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. The practical application of different models of care will be explored with an emphasis on best practice. This unit is to be studied in conjunction with Foundations of Midwifery 1.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


MDWF12002 Foundations of Midwifery 1

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2020

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Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 12-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 25 hours of study per week, making a total of 300 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Portfolio 40%
2. Written Assessment 60%
3. Professional Practice Placement 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Unit evaluation
All aspects of this unit are great! Help is easily available, staff are committed to students and the learning is set out in a way that makes it very easy to work through. Practical The assessment items were easy enough to understand I really enjoyed the practical parts of this assignment. The online ctg learning was good, and reflective writing About my experiences very helpful. Hands on in the hosp is great Completing placement each week and being able to link practice to theory. Whilst the unit coordinator was always contactable and encouraged me to maintain regular contact with her either through zoom, phone or email it was fantastic to have a contact in Cairns that I could go to on a regular basis for a face to face debrief and review of the clinical experience workbook and to ensure I was on the right track The practical work is good to help solidify the theory and to learn. The assessments were clear and results were very timely returned. The practical and the facilitators are great. Really enjoyed how well the K2 training links with the practical elements of placement Clinical placement is relevant to the midwifery role. The k2ms courses are fantastic There was so much valuable information in this unit, for clinical placement and for assessments. I received constant support from lecturers who helped make the first term not feel so overwhelming. I have loved my first term, thank you! The course work is interesting. Lecturer's are easy to contact and respond quickly. All the lecturers are fantastic and able to assist in any way possible. I must give praise to Robyn Buis in relation to the clinical workbook - she is amazing in her knowledge of the workbook and her ability to take you step by step through what is required. Robyn is willing to spend long periods of time discussing any clinical issues you may have to ensure it is correctly documented in the workbook.
Continue to provide assistance and support as much as possible. Continue to provide all students with access to Robyn Buis as she is an expert in record keeping and documentation of the clinical logbook.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator continued to provide timely feedback and helpful communication to student inquiries. Zoom sessions were held across the term to provided face to face Q & A sessions with the unit coordinator. Further to this, an extraordinary Zoom session with the Clinical Facilitator was held and recorded to discuss the requirements of clinical placement assessments and submission.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Great support from unit co-ordinator. Quick return on assessment tasks with detailed feedback that helped me to improve my practice
To continue to provide prompt and meaningful feedback to students.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation
Very knowledgeable members of faculty. They are all so keen and involved in ensuring that we are managing ok. Marked work came back so quickly too
To continue to work as a team and provide students with access to all members of the midwifery team who mat contribute to their learning.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation
I have no complaints about this unit. I have loved my clinical placement and the requirements of completing reflections are fair and not an excessive amount of work.
To continue to support students whilst on clinical placement and ensure they have access to help, feedback and assistance whilst in the clinical environment.
Action Taken
Source: Unit Evaluation
Continuous practicum and theory allow us to put into practice what we are learning. The expectations and resources are really easily laid out and easy to follow which makes such a busy time flow much more easily
To continue to provide easy to follow and helpful information, unit materials, and resources.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply the concepts and principles underpinning the frameworks of midwifery to beginning midwifery practice.
  2. Demonstrate beginning midwifery practice skills related to assessment of women and the neonate across the continuum of normal childbearing using the Australian College of Midwives 'National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral'.
  3. Reflect on clinical learning related to your continuity of care experiences to enhance practice.
  4. Demonstrate midwifery competence based upon the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA) requirements.

NMBA domain and competencies
Domain – Legal and professional practice
o Competency 1 Functions in accordance with legislation and common law affecting midwifery practice.
o Competency 2 Accepts accountability and responsibility for own actions within midwifery practice.

Domain – Midwifery knowledge and practice
o Competency 3 Communicates information to facilitate decision making by the woman.
o Competency 4 Promotes safe and effective midwifery care.
o Competency 5 Assesses, plans, provides and evaluates safe and effective midwifery care.
o Competency 6 Assesses plans, provides and evaluates safe and effective midwifery care for the woman and/or baby with complex needs.

Domain – Midwifery as primary health care
o Competency 7 Advocates to protect the rights of women, families and communities in relation to maternity care.
o Competency 8 Develops effective strategies to implement and support collaborative midwifery practice.
o Competency 9 Actively supports midwifery as a public health strategy.
o Competency 10 Ensures midwifery practice is culturally safe.

Domain – Reflective and ethical practice
o Competency 11 Bases midwifery practice on ethical decision making.
o Competency 12 Identifies personal beliefs and develops these in ways that enhance midwifery practice.
o Competency 13 Acts to enhance the professional development of self and others.
o Competency 14 Uses research to inform midwifery practice.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Professional Practice Placement
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Portfolio
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Professional Practice Placement