MDWF13006 - Midwifery Practice 4

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This clinical placement unit is the final of four that provides you with midwifery clinical experience. In this capstone unit, you will be required to integrate and apply knowledge, concepts and skills learned throughout the course. The learning experiences will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your ability to practice at the level of a competent beginning midwife. 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

Co-requisite: MDWF13009 Foundations of Midwifery 4

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 - 2023

Term 1 - 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. Case Study 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 1 - 2022 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 83.33% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 18.18% 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
Continuity of Care women and the learning experiences gained. The unit coordinator is a wonderful supportive facilitator and I couldn't have wished for a better team whilst on prac.
Continue to provide support, guidance and information via Moodle, zoom sessions and timely emails or phone calls to assist students with the unit requirements and assessments.
Action Taken
Support was continued throughout the term. Weekly Zoom debriefing and catch-up sessions were hosted. Emails were replied to in a timely manner. Students were supported to submit their final documentation and were able to contact the UC by phone. Site visits to industry partner facilities were conducted where possible, and continuation of relationships with industry partners occurred.
Source: SUTE
Again spacing of final large assessment pieces in relation to all units. Particularly stressful when trying to wrap everything up.
Reconfigure assessment due dates for greater spread across the term.
Action Taken
Submission dates for assessments have been spread across the term to enable students more time to complete coursework to aim to reduce stress levels.
Source: Verbal feedback from students gained on clinical placement site visits as well as personal reflections written in reflective portfolio assessments.
The Continuity of Care experiences, although deemed as beneficial by students, have led to perceived workplace/clinical placement fatigue due to the number of appointments and the on call nature of births.
Guidance around reducing workload fatigue to be added to the Moodle page for future Midwifery Practice units as well as providing information to prospective students and industry partners within Midwifery Placement Experience documents. To support industry partners in managing work place fatigue within the clinical placement units. To discuss strategies with students at residential school to reduce workplace fatigue and ensure they are aware of further UC support.
Action Taken
Source: Verbal feedback from following up on the absent clinical document after submission of all other clinical documents.
There were a large number of practicum outstanding grades as many students were unaware that they had to complete an additional form for their final term alongside their clinical placement preceptor.
Although emails were sent in the term to remind students to complete this additional form, at subsequent term 1 residential schools this will be explained to students face to face by directing them to the form in their clinical log books. This aims to provide a less stressful experience for students at the end of their final term.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate safe, effective, collaborative midwifery care and the use of digital health and emerging technologies at the level of a beginning registered midwife.
  2. Critically reflect on clinical learning, midwifery practice, and continuity of care experiences (COCE) to enhance practice
  3. Apply midwifery knowledge, cultural safety, and inclusivity to the care of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families
  4. Demonstrate professional midwifery competence at the level of a graduate midwife 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 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 - Case Study
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 - Case Study
2 - Portfolio
3 - Professional Practice Placement