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2014 CNA689 Complexities in Antenatal Care and Family Life


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Available as a Student Elective: No

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Students enrolled in specialisations which include clinical placements must demonstrateagreement with the Faculty of Health Science and the School of Nursing and Midwifery policies relevant to workplace based learning. For current information on Professional Experience Placement requirements please follow the link below:

Professional experience placement for this unit will include 20 weeks of paid practice. Students are required to attend clinical experiences as rostered and also recruit a minimum of 8 women as part of the LINC Program. Students are to be fully involved in the midwifery care of these eight women under appropriate supervision. A minimum of 20 hours is required to be spent with each woman across pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period. Completion of an online awareness package run by Riawunna during the summer semester is a prerequisite for this unit.


Unit Sem 1 Sem 2 Full Yr Spring Summer Winter
CNA689 Distance(H,L,W)

Key Semester Dates
Semester Campus Attendance Note Start Date Census Date Final WW Date* End Date
Sem 1 H Distance 24-FEB-2014 23-MAR-2014 14-APR-2014 30-MAY-2014
Sem 1 L Distance 24-FEB-2014 23-MAR-2014 14-APR-2014 30-MAY-2014
Sem 1 W Distance 24-FEB-2014 23-MAR-2014 14-APR-2014 30-MAY-2014

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see Withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2014 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2014 will be available from the 1st October 2013.

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This unit extends students' understanding of the role and scope of practice of a midwife. Students will explore trends within Australian health and society and consider the impact these have on women within the context of childbearing and midwifery practice. The history, health and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples will be explored along with principles of cultural safety. Strategies to empower women and their families are critically examined to determine the ways in which women can be assisted in playing an active role in decision-making about their health. The ethical and legal rights of the pregnant woman are further explored.

As part of this unit students will develop knowledge ofmaternofetal pathophysiology that may pre-exist or occur during pregnancy. As members of the multidisciplinary team, students will develop competence in decision makingskills to identify when the need for referral and consultation is required during pregnancy. Students examine current research as a means of determining best practice for women experiencing a complicated pregnancy.

This unit is one of fiveunits that contribute knowledge, skills and attitudes/attributes required for competent beginning level midwifery practice. By the completion of the course students are required to demonstrate the acquisition of the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife (ANMC, 2006).



3 case studies (3000 wordseach) 90%; review of clinical observations 10%

TEACHING PATTERN: Online; compulsory study days (x2)

Note: Class attendance may still be required

   Web supported - H,L,W
Online access to some part of this unit online is optional
   Resource supported teaching & learning - H,L,W
Additional resources are provided for your optional use; e.g. audio taped lectures
   Flexible scheduling - H,L,W
Some classes will be held outside normal teaching hours; e.g. weekend blocks, summer schools etc
About Flexible Study Options

Prereq CNA672, CNA624, CNA625

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STAFF: Lynne Staff

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