MDWF13003 - Midwifery Practice 3

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This clinical placement unit is the third of four that provides you with midwifery clinical experience. You will apply your knowledge of highly complex physiological and psychosocial factors that impact upon the childbearing continuum. In addition to this, you will employ midwifery knowledge, cultural safety, and inclusivity in the care of marginalised groups such as women experiencing substance misuse, and/or incarceration, refugee and immigrant women, or members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ+) community. 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 3
Credit Points 12
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.25
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites


MDWF13008 Foundations of Midwifery 3




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 3 - 2023 Profile
Mixed Mode
Term 3 - 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. Critical Review 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 3 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 83.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 21.43% 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: SUTE
SUTE via DataSmart dashboard
No student feedback comments were in the SUTE that was available in the DataSmart dashboard. There appear to be only 2 respondents to the SUTE survey who have rated clear unit requirements and unit relevance to degree at 100% and all other components were rated as 50%. This unit is in teach out mode and this is the final offering, therefore a new Midwifery Practice 3 unit will replace this version.
Action Taken
No action required. The updated version of Midwifery Practice 3 has been delivered in 2022.
Source: SUTE data
The reflections in the current format are pointless. I suggest reflecting on a set number of clinical experiences per term. I think this would be more helpful to learning.
This comment refers to assessment tasks which require students to reflect on their continuity of care experiences in the Midwifery Practice 1, 2, 3, & 4 units. The students believe this task to be very demanding and they may thus benefit from the provision of further reflective writing resources or tutorials which provide instruction on how to complete this task with enhanced efficiency.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Critically evaluate the consequences of physiological and socio-cultural complexities upon the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of women across the childbearing continuum
  2. Apply midwifery knowledge, cultural safety, inclusivity, and digital health and emerging technologies to the care of women from marginalised groups.
  3. Demonstrate midwifery knowledge of regional, national, and global maternal health priorities and translate these into practice
  4. Employ midwifery knowledge, cultural safety, and inclusivity in the care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families
  5. Critically reflect on clinical learning related to your continuity of care experiences (COCE) to enhance practice
  6. Demonstrate developing midwifery competence based upon the Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA) Midwife Standards for Practice (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.


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