University of Technology Sydney

92285 Collaborative Midwifery Practice

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp

Subject level:

Undergraduate

Result type: Grade and marks

There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.

Description

This subject examines the place of the midwife in the community of practitioners. In particular, it examines the relationships of midwives with medical practitioners as collaborative partners in the care of childbearing women. It addresses issues of midwifery practice within institutions and within the community as a primary health care initiative. It challenges the rhetoric of the place of women as partners in care and the realities of women experiencing midwifery care.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Evaluate the barriers and strategies associated with interdisciplinary working (Legal and Professional Practice)
B. Demonstrate effective consultation and referral using the ACM Guidelines for Consultation and Referral (Legal and Professional Practice)
C. Further develop skills in oral and written communication with other health professional (Legal and Professional Practice)
D. Explore possibilities for collaboration with community based practitioners (Legal and Professional Practice)
E. Conceptualise midwifery as a public health strategy (Midwifery as Primary Health Care)
F. Explore midwifery practice within a primary health care framework (Midwifery as Primary Health Care)
G. Analyse opportunities and structures for peer review and support (Reflective and Ethical Practice)
H. Explore strategies to create a positive workplace culture (Reflective and Ethical Practice)
I. Demonstrate an understanding of opportunities for consumer participation in maternity service provision and change (Legal and Professional Practice)
J. Explore the dynamics of support and information sharing with women through the facilitation of antenatal/postnatal groups (Midwifery as Primary Health Care)

Assessment

Assessment task 1: Case Study

Weight: 60%
Length:

1,700 words approx.

Criteria:

Section 1
Relevant history provided (10 marks)

Appropriate use of ACM guidelines for consultation and referral (5 marks)

  • Submits written piece of work that is (5 marks):
  • Grammatically correct and free from spelling errors
  • Referenced according to FoH Guidelines
  • Complies with word limit

Section 2
Clear structured written referral detailing the issues and need for referral (10 marks)

Appropriate use of woman centred language and terminology (5 marks)

Submits written piece of work that is (5 marks):

  • Grammatically correct and free from spelling errors
  • Complies with word limit

Section 3
Care plan is clearly written, presents the key concerns, provides rationale for all care, and presents identified needs based on priority. (10 marks)

Care plan provides woman-centred language (5 marks)

Submits written piece of work that is (5 marks):

  • Grammatically correct and free from spelling errors
  • Referenced according to FoH Guidelines
  • Complies with word limit

Assessment task 2: Antenatal Session Critique

Weight: 40%
Length:

1,500 words

Criteria:
  1. Background: What session you attended, where was it held, target audience, audience numbers, presenter details (de-identified) (5 marks)
  2. Critique of session addressing, for example (15 marks):
    • Appropriateness of venue
    • Appropriateness of advertising methods to target audience
    • Appropriateness of speaker/s
    • Suitability of information
  3. Incorporation of relevant literature to support critique and to discuss group based antenatal information sessions (15 marks)
  4. Submits written piece of work that is (5 marks):
    • Grammatically correct and free from spelling errors
    • Referenced according to FoH Guidelines
    • Complies with word limit

Minimum requirements

You must submit both pieces of work and achieve an overall mark of 50% when all items of assessment that carry a numerical mark are combined.

Recommended texts

Australian College of Midwives 2013, National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral, 3rd edition, Australian College of Midwives, Canberra.

Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council 2006, National competency standards for the midwife, ANMC, Canberra.

Hofmeyr, G., Neilson, J., Alfirevic, Z., Crowther, C., Duley, L., Gulmezoglu, M., Gyte, G. & Hodnett, E. 2008, A cochrane pocketbook: pregnancy and childbirth, Wiley, West Sussex.

NHMRC 2010, National guidance on collaborative maternity care, NHMRC, Canberra.

Pairman, S., Pincombe, J., Thorogood, C. & Tracy, S. 2010, Midwifery: Preparation for practice, 2nd edition, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, Sydney.

Raynor, M.D., Marshall, J.E. & Sullivan, A. (Eds), 2005, Decision making in midwifery practice. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, Edinburgh.

Other resources

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