MDWF12006 - Midwifery Practice 2

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This clinical placement unit is the second of four that provides you with midwifery clinical experience. You will have the opportunity to assess, plan, provide, and evaluate the physiological and psychosocial care of the woman experiencing complex factors. Complexities may arise during the antenatal, intrapartum, and postnatal period and include the fetus and neonate. You will provide care in collaboration and consultation with the intra and interprofessional team utilising the Australian College of Midwives 'National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral'. The clinical practicum component of this unit will require you to complete a minimum of 224 hours in addition to Continuity of Care Experiences (COCE).


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


MDWF12005 Foundations of Midwifery 2

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 2 - 2023

Term 2 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 2 - 2024 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. Poster Sessions 40%
2. Portfolio 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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 85.71% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 23.33% 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: Email communication received from student.
(RE submission of reflective journals on the meta page). I was actually directed by another student who said go back to the link for uploads from term 1 found on the MDWF12003 moodle page. Maybe this link can be added to the MDWF12009 page for next term for easy access for students?
This is a simple measure which will potentially reduce the number of incorrect submissions, and thus, the amount of resubmissions that must be requested and confirmed. I have recommended this change to next term's Midwifery Practice 3 unit coordinator and I will personally place a link to the submission point (on the Bachelor of Midwifery meta page) on both the Midwifery Practice 1 and Midwifery Practice 2 assessment instructions for the 2022 offerings.
Action Taken
The reflective journal assessment submission is no longer submitted to the Bachelor of Midwifery meta page. The submission is submitted directly to the unit moodle page, and there have been no difficulties experienced with the submission process.
Source: Student emails
There have been some technical issues with the submission of clinical assessments highlighted by students during the term.
Prior to term one 2022, assessments were submitted in written format, so utilising SONIA is still relatively new. Student issues were addressed in a timely manner and processes were improved throughout the term through the collaboration between the Unit Coordinator and the Work Integrated Learning Team. Future regular meetings are recommended between these stakeholders, particularly prior to formative and summative assessment to ensure that students are able to submit their assessments easily. Clear instructions will be sent out to both students and industry partners via email prior to formative and summative assessments with the aim of providing a clear and streamlined process.
Action Taken
Source: SUTE
Two students provided feedback that the volume of weekly content was too high.
There is no specific weekly content provided in the Midwifery Practice 2 unit as it is focuses on clinical practice. This may have been confused with the Foundations of Midwifery 2 unit and further explanation will be given to the cohort and future students on the requirements of clinical units.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Assess, plan, provide, and evaluate physiological care of the woman and her baby experiencing complex factors using the latest Australian College of Midwives (ACM) National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral and digital health and emerging technologies.
  2. Assess, plan, provide, and evaluate psychosocial care of the woman experiencing complex factors during the childbearing continuum using the latest Australian College of Midwives (ACM) National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral and digital health and emerging technologies.
  3. Critically reflect on clinical learning and midwifery practice related to the care of the woman and her baby experiencing complex factors during the childbearing continuum
  4. Demonstrate developing midwifery competence based upon the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA) Midwife Standards for Pracrice (2018) requirements.

The proposed changes to learning outcomes and the unit will meet the following:

The draft ANMAC Midwifery Education Standards (2020).

Standard 1: Safety of the public.

Standard 3: Program of study.

Standard 4: Student experience.

Standard 5: Student assessment.

NMBA Midwife Standards for Practice (2018).

Standard 1: Promotes evidence-based maternal health and wellbeing.

Standard 2: Engages in respectful partnerships and professional relationships.

Standard 3: Demonstrates the capability and accountability for midwifery practice.

Standard 4: Undertakes comprehensive assessments.

Standard 5: Develops plans for midwifery practice.

Standard 6: Provides safe and quality midwifery practice.

Standard 7: Evaluates outcomes to improve midwifery practice.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Code of Conduct for Midwives (2018).

Principle 1. Legal compliance.

Principle 2. Woman-centred practice.

Principle 3. Cultural practice and respectful relationships.

Principle 4. Professional behaviour.

Principle 5: Teaching, supervising and assessing.

Principle 7: Health and wellbeing.

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) International Code of Ethics for Midwives (2014).

1. Midwifery Relationships.

2. Practice of Midwifery.

3. The Professional Responsibilities of Midwives.

4. Advancement of Midwifery Knowledge and Practice.

National Safety and Quality Health Service Standards (2017).

Clinical Governance Standard.

Partnering with Consumers Standard.

Preventing and Controlling Healthcare-Associated Infection Standard.

Medication Safety Standard.

Comprehensive Care Standard.

Communicating for Safety Standard.

Blood Management Standard.

Recognising and Responding to Acute Deterioration Standard.

The Nursing and Midwifery Digital Health Framework.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Poster Sessions
2 - Portfolio
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
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
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 10
1 - Poster Sessions
2 - Portfolio
3 - Professional Practice Placement