Credit points: 30

Subject outline

In this subject, students will focus on the care of the women and her fetus/baby with additional needs due to high acuity and maternity emergency situations, for example, breech birth, PPH, cord prolapse, shoulder dystocia. This subject will build on prior knowledge of anatomy and physiology and the normal birth process to further develop clinical skill and the ability to think critically. Students will develop theoretical knowledge, through research and enquiry learning methods, around acute and emergency situations as well as gain skills in situational management, multi-disciplinary collaborative relationships and leadership, whilst incorporating woman centred care and therapeutic communication. Students will be provided with clinical experience and/or simulated events which will prepare them to recognise and respond effectively in acute and emergency situations.

SchoolSchool of Nursing & Midwifery

Credit points30

Subject Co-ordinatorHelen McLachlan

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 one of the following course codes: HZNMD or HZNMDB and must have passed one of the following subjects: MID3CCM or MID3CPR


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Evaluate acute and emergency clinical situations as a part of the multidisciplinary team, in order to provide safe and effective care to women and their babies.

Simulations of emergency situations during laboratory time and debrief during clinical placement. Clinical practicum

02. Critically analyse guidelines for the management of specific clinical scenarios.

Discussions during face to face teaching time.

03. Demonstrate comprehensive communication and collaborative skills with multidisciplinary team.

Online learning packages Clinical practicum

04. Apply a range of midwifery knowledge and skills to provide woman centred care for the woman and her baby with complex needs.

Classroom discussion Clinical practicum

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Week 09-26, Blended


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorHelen McLachlan

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 09 - 09
Three 4.0 hours lecture per study period on weekdays during the day from week 09 to week 09 and delivered via blended.

WorkShop Week: 09 - 13
Two 2.0 hours workshop per study period on weekdays during the day from week 09 to week 13 and delivered via face-to-face.
"Cohort A2: weeks 12 & 13 Cohort B1: weeks 14 & 15"

Laboratory Class Week: 09 - 09
One 2.0 hours laboratory class per week on weekdays during the day from week 09 to week 09 and delivered via face-to-face.

WorkShop Week: 09 - 09
Two 2.0 hours workshop per week on weekdays during the day from week 09 to week 09 and delivered via face-to-face.

Placement - Off Site Week: 10 - 17
One 160.0 hours placement - off site per study period on any day including weekend during the day from week 10 to week 17 and delivered via face-to-face.


Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Critical review of clinical practice (1,500-word equivalent)30 01, 02, 03, 04
2000 word written assessment35 01, 02, 03, 04
2 hour examinationThis is a hurdle requirement. Students must achieve at least 50% in the exam to pass the subject.35 01, 02, 03, 04
Clinical participation (2000 word equivalent)Hurdle requirement. It is essential to pass the clinical placement in order to pass the subject. 01, 02, 03, 04