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.

Details

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

Co-reqs

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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Residential School Compulsory Residential School
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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Mixed Mode

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 48.57% response rate.

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
Feedback
Great support from unit co-ordinator. Quick return on assessment tasks with detailed feedback that helped me to improve my practice
Recommendation
To continue to provide prompt and meaningful feedback to students.
Action Taken
Continue to provide prompt and meaningful feedback to students.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
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
Recommendation
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
The unit coordinator continued using a teamwork approach and provided students with access to all members of the midwifery team who may contribute to their learning.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
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.
Recommendation
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
The unit coordinator implemented weekly debriefing and catch-ups with students via Zoom to enhance timely feedback and increase accessibility.
Source: Unit Evaluation
Feedback
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
Recommendation
To continue to provide easy to follow and helpful information, unit materials, and resources.
Action Taken
To continue to provide easy to follow and helpful information, unit materials, and resources.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Lots of information was provided about end of term documents and how to upload - you can't go wrong with uploading documents because the 1.5 hour lecture was amazing !! and helped so much. I really enjoyed the health promotion activity and also the reflections. It broadened my understanding of midwifery and public health. I learn better by practicals. Putting the information that I receive during my studies to the actions helps with the understanding
Recommendation
Continue to provide support, guidance and information to assist students with the unit requirements and assessments.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
Lots of learning.Great interaction with staff and students.Opens doors for knowledge. I absolutely loved placement, although I felt slightly unprepared for the practical side. I was very impressed with the responsiveness of the co-ordinator. The assignment grades did not take to long to get back to us which was very useful in other academic assignments.
Recommendation
Continue to provide timely feedback and support to students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
I really like the reflections in this unit. I think looking back on appointments and actively thinking about what I would and wouldn't do myself as a future midwife is beneficial to my training as a midwife.
Recommendation
Continue to incorporate and provide opportunities for reflective practice.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
I felt a little unprepared for my clinical placement (after returning from residential block). Although it was great the theory side of residential block, I feel that some areas of the theory did not correlate to the assignment.
Recommendation
Increase the lab day exposure to practical skills for commencing students.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: SUTE
Feedback
We had 1 day of actual practical experience compared to other university students they have a week of actual practical experience so they are confident before they get to the ward. I had never even felt a pregnant abdomen and felt that on our residential block we should have been shown how to physically attend the abdomen palpitation (we learnt in theory about the acronym of FLAPPER in theory and different positions that baby can be in- however I think it was important to show us exactly where to put out hands and where to begin etc). I think more information would have been nice about how to attend a CTG how to attach it, and how to interpret it etc. I just think I felt slightly unprepared on my clinical placement. I just thought we would be doing more hands on stuff on the residential block considering we had to travel/ get accomodation for this training where most of the activities was theory based.
Recommendation
Expand the practical component of the residential school to enhance the development of hands-on skills.
Action Taken
Nil.
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