nsm5com complex care maternal




Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject, students will develop knowledge and skills to deliver complex child, family and community nursing care and work in partnership with families facing ongoing or intermittent vulnerability. The subject is delivered via a flexible online mode comprising on-campus workshops (and/or online virtual classrooms), learning modules via LMS and clinical practicum in maternal and child health settings.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorCatina Adams

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Must be admitted into the following course: HGCFCN

Co-requisites NSM4CCH, NSM4CAF

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.

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Undertake comprehensive family assessments and document findings in accord with relevant legislation, maternal and child health professional practice standards and program guidelines.

Online activity; Clinical practicum

02. Develop and justify targeted interventions to improve long term outcomes for the child and family in partnership with a family experiencing intermittent or ongoing vulnerability.

Online activity; Clinical practicum

03. Determine the communication approach required in practice to achieve effective and positive outcomes and tailor professional communication appropriately to meet the needs of children, families and other health professionals.

Online learning activity; written exercise; clinical practicum

04. Explore alternative models of care including Enhanced Maternal and Child Health practice which may include home visiting and outreach services for complex families experiencing issues such as family violence, mental illness and substance abuse.

Online learning activity; written exercise;

05. Understand legislation relevant to maternal and child health practice, including mandatory reporting requirements, and accurately assess, document and respond to identified risk of child abuse.

Online activity; Clinical practicum

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Week 23-43, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorLeesa Hooker

Class requirements

Unscheduled Online ClassWeek: 24 - 36
One 4.0 hours unscheduled online class per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 24 to week 36 and delivered via online.
"Average 4 hours per week of flexible online student directed learning modules."

SeminarWeek: 28 - 28
Four 6.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 28 to week 28 and delivered via face-to-face.
"4 x 6-hour face-to-face seminars (or workshop equivalent) per study period."

Problem Based LearningWeek: 24 - 43
Sixteen 1.0 hours problem based learning per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 24 to week 43 and delivered via online.
"16x1-hour online virtual classroom (or equivalent face-to-face workshops) per semester."

Placement - Off SiteWeek: 23 - 43
One 18.0 days placement - off site per week on any day including weekend during the day from week 23 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.
"140 hours placement - off site per study period. (Practicum Average: 2 days per week for 9 weeks clinical learning time in consultation with placement agencies. Students are required to complete a block placement in an approved Early Parenting Centre.)"


Assessment elementComments%ILO*
One 2000-word equivalent written assessment1501, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 5000-word equivalent presentation, using specified mediaComplex case presentation, using specified media5001, 02, 03, 04, 05
One 2000-word equivalent clinical assessmentIncludes completion of clinical hours and reflection on clinical practicum (Hurdle)3501, 02, 03, 04, 05