nsm4mch maternal and child health practice




Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject, you will utilise foundation knowledge of children and families to plan and implement safe and effective care of families with young children, in the community. You will undertake clinical practice in community based maternal and child health and education settings. This subject enables you to assess the health and development of children and maternal wellbeing, using appropriate screening and assessment tools, building on past learning to develop advanced critical thinking and problem-solving skills and develop personal learning goals. The subject is delivered via a flexible online mode comprising a block of on-campus seminars and workshops, online learning modules via LMS and online virtual classrooms.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorCatina Adams

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted in the following course: HGCFCN


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Students must have secured a clinical placement with a Maternal and Child Health service provider in their state, with written confirmation of this, prior to commencing the subject. This subject is designed to be taken in conjunction with Community and Child Health - NSM4CCH.

Learning resources


Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsPediatric physical examination (2nd ed)PrescribedDuderstadt, K. G. (2014)Elsevier
ReadingsFrom birth to five years: Practical developmental assessmentPrescribedSharma, A. & Cockerill, H. (2014)Routledge
Discipline SpecificCompetency Standards for the Victorian Maternal and Child Health NursePrescribedVAMCHN Order from http://www.vamchn.org.au/VAMCHN 2009 Included in membership for students, or $15
Discipline SpecificDocumentation Standards for Maternal and Child Health Nurses in VictoriaPrescribedVAMCHN (ANMF) & VMCHCG VAMCHN. Order from http://www.vamchn.org.au/VAMCHN 2016. $10
TechnologiesPEDS eLearning Foundation (Course 1)PrescribedEnrol online at https://www.rch.org.au/ccch/training-dev/PEDS_training/Subsidised for MCH students. Approx cost is $55
ReadingsPEDS Brief Administration and Scoring GuidePrescribedGlascoe, F. P. & CCCHAvailable free from http://www.rch.org.au/ccch/peds/materials/
ReadingsMary Sheridan#s From Birth to Five years: Children's Developmental ProgressRecommendedSharma, A. and Cockerill, H. (2014)4th Ed, Routledge

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Undertake comprehensive neonatal assessments in the maternal and child health setting and appropriately document your findings

Clinical practicum

02. Using prescribed tools, accurately assess the health and development of children under 5 years, discussing your findings with parents from a range of backgrounds and assessing their understanding.

Online activity; Clinical practicum

03. Develop and justify plans for early childhood health and development interventions when working with families in the maternal and child health context.

Online activity; Clinical practicum; oral presentation

04. Participate in reflective practice to identify personal goals and areas for improvement in maternal and child health clinical practice.

Online learning activity; written exercise; clinical practicum

05. Tailor professional communication to determine the most appropriate communication approach required to explain your findings in a range of maternal and child health situations.

Clinical practicum; spoken exercise

06. In accord with professional practice guidelines, perform independent work at beginner practitioner level in community maternal and child health settings

Clinical practicum

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Week 05-50, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorCatina Adams

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 10 - 25
One 4.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 25 and delivered via online.
"4 hours per week of flexible online student directed learning modules."

SeminarWeek: 12 - 12
Four 6.0 hours seminar per study period on weekdays during the day from week 12 to week 12 and delivered via face-to-face.
"4 x 6-hour face-to-face seminars (or workshop equivalent)."

Problem Based LearningWeek: 08 - 44
Sixteen 1.0 hours problem based learning per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 08 to week 44 and delivered via online.
"16x1-hour online virtual classroom (or equivalent face-to-face workshops) per semester."

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 14 - 34
Eighteen 1.0 days placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 14 to week 34 and delivered via face-to-face.
"130 hours placement - off site per study period. (Practicum Average: 2 days per week for 9 weeks clinical learning time in consultation with placement agencies.)"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 1500-word equivalent written assessmentOnline pre-clinical placement quiz1501, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 5000-word equivalent presentation, using specified mediaComplex case presentation, incorporating written exercise and oral presentation, or other specified media5001, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
One 2500-word equivalent clinical assessment and reflectionsIncludes completion of clinical hours and reflection on clinical practicum (Hurdle)3501, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06