NURS 3005 Collaborative Care

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 401040

Coordinator Hazel Keedle Opens in new window

Description The Australian College of Midwives and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) provide guidelines to assist midwives to recognise when to refer or consult with other midwives or health care practitioners, as well as collaborative care arrangements. This unit provides students with the knowledge to collaborate with all health professionals. This includes assessing procedures for managing obstetric emergencies; transferring women or newborns; assessing referral pathways; and caring for bereaved families.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Discipline Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) NURS 2004 AND
NURS 2026

Co-requisite(s) NURS 3006 AND
NURS 3036

Restrictions Students must be enrolled in 4684 Bachelor of Midwifery.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Identify emerging and escalating situations that may require referral or additional care and discuss the referral processes and requirements
  2. Analyse and discuss transfer policies and procedures for women and newborns; the various methods of transfer; and the implications for women and their families.
  3. Describe the role of the midwife as part of a collaborative team in transferring and receiving women and /or newborns to or from another health centre or hospital..
  4. Critically analyse collaborative practices within a multidisciplinary team.
  5. Reflect on the role of the midwife and other health professionals in providing multidisciplinary care in complex and emergency situations
  6. Critique a hospital policy or guideline in relation to complex care episodes
  7. Examine communication skills for collaborative practices and cultural considerations for women, babies and families.

Subject Content

1. Referral from Primary Care
- Reasons for referral (Australian College of Midwives guidelines)
- Issues associated with referral
2. Hospital Transfers of Women and Newborns
- transfer policies and procedures
- Transportation (air/ambulance)
- Receiving women and newborns
- maternity service Issues and women?fs choices if She lives in An isolated area
- needs of The sick woman /newborn and The impact on significant others
- neonatal emergency transport service
- NSW Tiered hospitals
- NSW Pregnancy and newborn services Network
- transfer from Home to hospital
3. Models of collaborative care
- Communication skills and negotiated practice and collabora


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Critical Review: Two online activities 750 words each activity 50 N Individual
Reflection: Essay 1,500 words 50 N Individual

Teaching Periods


Parramatta - Victoria Rd


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