University of Technology Sydney

92684 Navigating a Midwifery Career Pathway

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UTS: Health
Credit points: 6 cp
Result type: Grade and marks

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


This subject requires students to reflect on their self-care strategies and prepare them for the transition as a graduate midwife in a complex maternity service. The subject focuses on how students prepare for a professional role using the Midwifery Graduate Attributes of woman centred care, professional competence, collaboration, resilience, diversity, professional engagement and Indigenous cultural competency. It prepares students to take ownership of their ongoing professional identity through the use of an e-portfolio, which involves writing competent resumes and preparing for job interviews. In preparation for entering the workforce, students also explore strategies for self-care and work–life balance to sustain them throughout their midwifery career.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Analyse the work environments of the new graduate midwife and identify strategies for a smooth transition to practice.
B. Investigate and discuss the concepts of self-care and work-life balance in relation to sustaining midwifery practice.
C. Develop a comprehensive curriculum vitae and prepare for a job interview.
D. Demonstrate an understanding of ethical behaviour towards women, colleagues and communities and assess strategies to address ethical issues in clinical practice.
E. Analyse the midwife’s professional responsibility and personal accountability for practice.