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MID8076 Sustaining Midwifery Partnerships

Semester 1, 2013 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Sciences
School or Department : Nursing and Midwifery
Version produced : 21 July 2014

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Examiner: Jill Scanlan
Moderator: Lyn Forrest


Pre-requisite: MID8001 and be enrolled in Program: MMID

Other requisites

Recommended prior learning: MID8070 or MID8073 or MID8074


Midwives use advanced interpersonal skills to develop and sustain midwifery partnerships with women who find child bearing or mothering particularly challenging. Using the principles of partnership and cultural safety, the midwife assists childbearing women and their families in such circumstances through provision and coordination of maternity and supportive care.


This course develops student's knowledge and wisdom in relation to women who, for psycho-social-spiritual-cultural reasons, find childbearing or mothering particularly challenging. Attention is given to the development of advanced interpersonal skills required to build rapport, work in partnership and to sensitively and effectively advocate for women. or assert oneself in situations of conflict. Interprofessional relationships and their influence on the role of the midwife are explored for the purpose of developing ways to strengthen professional partnerships. Analysis of social determinants of health will form the basis for understanding the complexities of women's health and experiences and the development of primary health care strategies. Factors, such as cultural barriers, disability, poverty, social disadvantage and exclusion, sexual abuse, domestic violence, incarceration, serious mental health problems, infertility, fetal/neonatal death and other complications which have the potential to influence the quality of the midwife-women relationship and maternity care during the childbearing continuum will be explored.
Students will self appraise their developing midwifery practice using the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council's National Competency Standards for the Midwife. Attendance at the two day residential school (or equivalent activity) is compulsory because the content is perceived to be emotionally challenging, with students benefitting from interaction with women, peers and facilitator.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Outline the components of the social determinants of health as they relate to childbearing women;
  2. Recognise the interplay of psycho-social-spiritual dimensions of women's lives on midwifery partnership;
  3. Promote and facilitate midwifery as primary health care;
  4. Develop therapeutic communication skills as interventions for women and families with complex psycho-social- spiritual needs;
  5. Refer women and their families to appropriate community services, organisations and allied health professionals;
  6. Address interpersonal relationship tensions that limit the effectiveness of professional partnership with colleagues;
  7. Undertake self-appraisal of midwifery practice using the ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Partnership - maintaining & concluding effective partnerships with women; interprofessional partnerships; creating work environments which are supportive of partnerships;principles of cultural safety; facilitating adult learning; empowerment and birth plans; dealing with actual and potential conflict within the partnership; establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with groups; assertion, advocacy, conflict minimisation and conflict resolution; concluding the relationship and referring to community supports. 20.00
2. Sustaining Partnership & Childbearing Women - women who may need more intensive midwifery support (NB: Although categories have been used to group particular special challenges together it needs to be noted that any woman may fit more than one category); Social determinants of health models and application to midwifery as primary health care; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women;women with special needs; women who may be without appropriate support; women who are or have been emotionally and/or physically injured; women experiencing anger, fear, suffering, loss and/or grief; women who experience particular postnatal challenges. Recognises the fetus' and neonates' needs in challenging childbearing situations.Perinatal mental health. 50.00
3. Vulnerable parenting : As per Australian Supported Parenting Consortium 2011: Who are parents with disabilities; barriers to participation in the parenting role; capacity of parents with intellectual disabilities to raise their children; outcomes of children of parents with intellectual disabilities; child welfare interventions and family outcomes; teaching and supporting parents with intellectual disabilities; strengthening social relationships 30.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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  • Edwards, G & Byrom S (editors) 2007, Essential midwifery practice: public health, Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Pairman, S, Pincombe, J, Thorogood, C & Tracy, SK (editors) 2010, Midwifery preparation for practice, 2nd edn, Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, Marrickville, N.S.W.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 36.00
Directed Study 15.00
Knowledge Application and Assessment Tasks 12.00
Private Study 35.00
Professional Experience 62.00
Residential Schools 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
3000 WORD CASE STUDY 60 49 06 May 2013
BE THE MIDWIFE 50 30 02 Jun 2013 (see note 1)
PORTFOLIO 20 20 07 Jun 2013 (see note 2)
PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE 1 1 07 Jun 2013 (see note 3)

  1. Completion of `Vulnerable Parenting' package.
  2. Continuity of care experiences and paid placement ANMC competency scenarios and online reflection on practice.
  3. Details of the professional experiences required for MID8076 will be specified in the USQ MMID Professional Practice Portfolio.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    Students are required to attend a compulsory 2 day residential school at the beginning of the semester. If medical documents support a student's inability to attend residential school then the student will be advised by the course examiner of equivalent make-up work to be completed by the end of the semester. It is the students' responsibility to participate actively in all classes scheduled for them, including online discussion groups for reflection on practice with contiuity of care, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximize their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration. Students are required to attend a cultural awareness workshop before the end of semester 3. Students must have a total minimum of twenty (20) women recruited by completion of this semester (Concurrent with MID8075). If there is attrition of women in the continuity of care experience, Students may need to recruit a further 10 women to address this. Students must have participation with women in continuity of care which meets criteria outlined in the Professional Practice Portfolio. Details for ethical recruitment of women, commitment to continuity of care and documentation required for formative and summative assessment will be included in the Professional Practice Portfolio. The clinical requirement in this course contributes to the minimum requirement of the program of 800 hours clinical experience which must be carried out over the entire Program. Professional experience includes both paid clinical practice and unpaid supernumerary clinical practice. During clinical placement students must follow hospital policy and procedure and maintain safe, professional practice as outlined by nursing and midwifery professional bodies' (e.g. ANMC) practice guidelines. Clinical placement requires the student to attend Child, Youth and Family Health Services and a Community Based Midwifery Program and complete appropriate verification forms found in the Professional Practice Portfolio.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete each of the assessment items satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the marks available for a)‘Case Study’; b) ‘Be the Midwife and c) Portfolio requirements each and obtain 100% for ‘ Professional Practice.

    To complete the Professional Practice satisfactorily, students must continue the clinical paid hours that contribute to the minimum 800 hour requirement of the program and submit professional placement verification forms as found in the Professional Practice Portfolio.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without (prior) approval of the examiner then a penalty of 5% of the total marks gained by the student for the assignment may apply for each working day late up to ten working days at which time a mark of zero may be recorded. No assignments will be accepted after model answers have been posted.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must submit all of the assessment items and achieve at least 50% a)‘Case Study’; b) ‘Be the Midwife and c) Portfolio requirements each and obtain 100% for ‘ Professional Practice.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. The due date for an assignment is the date by which a student must despatch the assignment to the USQ. The onus is on the student to provide proof of the despatch date, if requested by the Examiner.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. If requested, students will be required to provide a copy of assignments submitted for assessment purposes. Such copies should be despatched to USQ within 24 hours of receipt of a request being made.

  3. The examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  4. The Faculty will normally only accept assessments that have been written, typed or printed on paper-based media.

  5. The Faculty will NOT accept submission of assignments by facsimile.

  6. Students who do not have regular access to postal services or who are otherwise disadvantaged by these regulations may be given special consideration. They should contact the examiner of the course to negotiate such special arrangements.

  7. In the event that a due date for an assignment falls on a local public holiday in their area, such as a Show holiday, the due date for the assignment will be the next day. Students are to note on the assignment cover the date of the public holiday for the Examiner's convenience.

  8. Students who have undertaken all of the required assessments in this course but who have failed to meet some of the specified objectives of the course within the normally prescribed time may be awarded the temporary grade: IM (Incomplete - Make up). An IM grade will only be awarded when, in the opinion of the examiner, a student will be able to achieve the remaining objectives of the course after a period of non directed personal study.

  9. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course.

Evaluation and benchmarking

Student evaluations will be compiled to evaluate the student experience, relevance of the course content and the effectiveness of course delivery. Clinical milieu data will be extrapolated to maintain Clinical contractual arrangements with appropriate and supportive clinical agencies. It is expected that all students undertaking this course will complete the online student evaluation.

Other requirements

  1. Students will require access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course

  2. Harvard (AGPS) is the referencing system required in this course. Students should use Harvard (AGPS) style in their assignments to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The USQ library provides advice on how to format information sources using this system