Midwifery Practice Issues

10 Units

This course is designed to offer practising midwives working in diverse midwifery contexts, applied knowledge on the foundations that underpin practice including legal, ethical and professional issues; and concepts of primary health care, cultural safety and reflective practice. The course particularly relates to the ANMC Australian Competency Standards Domains of Midwifery Practice and is intended to allow students to review, update and apply knowledge relevant to individual workplace contexts and the midwifery discipline as a profession.

Faculty Faculty of Health and Medicine
School School of Nursing and Midwifery

Not currently offered

Previously offered in 2015, 2014

Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

1) Identify and apply current Australian legislation and common law relevant to midwifery practise; 2) Understand professional responsibility and personal accountability and apply to practice as a midwife; 3) Acknowledge their duty of care towards women and childbearing families; 4) Compare and contrast midwifery as primary health care and primary care; 5) Demonstrate an understanding of consultative and collaborative practice within multidisciplinary frameworks; 6) Demonstrate an awareness of cultural safety and culturally competent midwifery; practice with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and other multicultural communities; 7) Evaluate the role of critical reflection on midwifery practice as a professional development strategy to enhance critical self awareness; 8) Apply midwifery professional standards and ethical decision making to complex midwifery dilemmas.


Course Content includes reviewing current Australian legislation, policies and guidelines with legal implications for practicing midwives; applying professional standards, codes of conduct and ethical decision making to practice. Professional responsibility and personal accountability of practice will be explored. Midwifery as primary health care will be reviewed and compared to midwifery primary care. Midwives will extend their understanding of consultative and collaborative practice within diverse multidisciplinary frameworks. Principles of cultural safety and the social determinants of health will be applied to working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and multicultural communities. Reflective and ethical practice will focus on application of ethical decision making to ethical dilemmas within midwifery. This course is comprised of four modules. Module 1: Legal and professional practice Module 2: Midwifery as Primary Health care Module 3: Cultural Safety Module 4: Reflective and ethical practice

Assumed Knowledge Bachelor of Midwifery (or equivalent) or completion of a Graduate Diploma in Midwifery together with current authority to practice as a registered midwife.
Assessment Items
  • Essays / Written Assignments - Critical Reflection
  • Essays / Written Assignments -
  • Other: (please specify) - Online Participation (e-technology)
Contact Hours
  • Email Discussion Group: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
  • Self Directed Learning: for 6 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Requirements
  • Requisite by Enrolment This course is only available to students enrolled in the Master of Midwifery Studies program.
Timetable 2018 Course Timetables for NURS6580
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