University of Technology Sydney

92687 International Perspectives

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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 enables students to identify their role in Australia and in the wider global community of midwifery as they near the end of their course. It engages students to reflect upon and interpret the evidence that underpins midwifery practice and influences change in a global context. The subject includes an exploration and critique of the ideologies associated with Western constructs of childbirth and maternity care and facilitates critical thinking and reflection on practice.

Subject learning objectives (SLOs)

Upon successful completion of this subject students should be able to:
A. Summarise the main causes of maternal and infant mortality and understand the contributing factors especially in resource-poor situations.
B. Explain the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, in particular describe “Transforming our world -the 2030 Agenda towards meeting SDG 5.
C. Critique the role of the World Health Organization, the International Confederation of Midwives, non-government organisations, and national and international charities in addressing the SDG’s.
D. Explore midwifery care in other countries with a focus on primary health care and community development approaches in resource-poor settings.