NURS 7036 Midwifery Practice 3

Credit Points 20

Legacy Code 401094

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Description In this subject students will consolidate their knowledge and midwifery skills in preparation for their role as a midwife. They will continue to practice in designated clinical areas and follow through their 10 continuity of care experiences. Students will have completed a professional portfolio and reflected on how they can identify and plan for personal professional development and leadership as midwives, including the professional development needs of others. Students will be assessed across the seven midwife standards for practice.

School Nursing & Midwifery

Discipline Midwifery

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 20cp

Check your HECS Band contribution amount via the Fees page.

Level Postgraduate Coursework Level 7 subject

Pre-requisite(s) NURS 7035


Students must be enrolled in 4697 Graduate Diploma in Midwifery and be a registered nurse employed in a participating NSW Health Local Health District facility in the position of a midwifery student.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:

  1. Critically discuss the components and relevance of continuing professional development;
  2. Critically evaluate readiness for practice through self and group reflection;
  3. Develop skills for critical self-reflection through individual and group processes;
  4. Critically discuss the potential for career development in the health care system;
  5. Critically reflect on working in partnership;
  6. Demonstrate safe Midwifery standard of practice and capacity to critically reflect on the professional requirements for midwifery practice.

Subject Content

1. Maintaining Currency
- Midwifery portfolios
- self and group Critical reflection
- professional development
2. Career Development
- career options
- career planning
3. Professional Midwifery
- portfolio development
- partnership training
4. Midwifery standards for practice
- Promotes health and wellbeing through evidence-based Midwifery practice
- Engages in professional relationships and respectful partnerships
- demonstrates The capability and accountability for Midwifery practice
- Undertakes comprehensive assessments
- develops A plan for Midwifery practice
- provides safety and quality in Midwifery practice
- Evaluates outcomes to improve Midwifery practice

Special Requirements

Legislative pre-requisites

Special Requirements - NSW Health Legislative Prerequisites Pre-requisites

Student Compliance Information for all Health-Related Placements

Prior to enrolling in this subject, students must have submitted a Student Undertaking Form and undertake to apply for a National Police Check, which is required to be submitted before placement, and a Working with Children Check Student Declaration. Use the link to the Special Requirements webpage below for more information.

To be eligible to enrol in this subject and complete any required health-related placements or experiences, students must meet Western Sydney University program requirements as well as any special, legislated, or policy-mandated requirements.

Western Program Requirements

Visit the Special Requirements webpage for details about your program.

Special Requirements

Mandatory NSW Health student placement policy requirements

To be able to undertake placement in any NSW Health facility you must be assessed as compliant with NSW Health student placement policy in the first year of your program, regardless of when you expect to go on your first placement. Access and read the NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet.

NSW Student Compliance Information Booklet

Please ensure that you

  1.  Find your existing National Police Check or apply for one
  2.  Gather documentary evidence of your vaccination history
  3.  Print and compete all relevant NSW Health forms relevant to the campus you are enrolled at or online enrolment requirements
  4.  Follow booklet instructions on how to have your compliance documents assessed by NSW health staff.

International students have additional requirements; the link to the booklet will inform you of these requirements.

School Requirements

Contact your School for further details regarding your School’s requirements, if any, such as

  • If you live outside of NSW or Australia and need to meet your state, territory or country’s compliance requirements
  • If you need to meet different state, territory or country compliance requirements.
  • NSW Working with Children Check (WWCC) or other state equivalent, valid for your entire program.
  • Current approved first aid certificate valid for your entire program - approved program providers can be found at the Government Training website
  • Other non-health related requirements.

Student Compliance Resources are also available on the Placements Hub web page (NSW students only)


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.

Type Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
100% Attendance and Workshop Reflections S/U Y Individual
Professional Placement Performance: AMSAT x 1 S/U Y Individual
Completion of Midwifery Portfolio S/U Y Individual

Prescribed Texts

  • Pairman, S., Tracy, S., Dahlen, H. & Dixon, L. (2019). Midwifery: preparation for practice (4th ed.). Chatswood, N.S.W: Elsevier, Australia

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