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MID3201 Preparation for Autonomous Midwifery Practice

Semester 2, 2019 Online
Short Description: Autonomous Midwifery Practice
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Nursing and Midwifery
Student contribution band : National Priority - Nursing
ASCED code : 060303 - Midwifery
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Danielle Gleeson


Pre-requisite: MID3101 and MID3102


This course will enable the student to consolidate midwifery evidence based practice to ensure high standards of professional practice. The course will explore and debate contemporary midwifery practice issues and topics to prepare students for autonomous practice in numerous maternity settings and/or models of care.


This course addresses content specific to professional issues aligned with international, national, regional and remote practice. The course will provide students with an awareness of relevant midwifery practice and content surrounding ongoing professional development, Medicare eligibility and sustaining midwifery practice. Finally, higher level practice skills will be introduced and examined to facilitate autonomous midwifery practice.


On completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional conduct including using effective communication skills and evidence-based philosophy to maintain collaborative and supportive relationships with women, their families and health professionals in a culturally appropriate manner;
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of ensuring evidence based practice;
  3. Explore and examine the skills and business management strategies to sustain midwifery practice and the impact of the ongoing professional development;
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the need for in depth knowledge of pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics to facilitate midwifery practice;
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of women’s health issues;
  6. Demonstrate knowledge and skills associated with advanced midwifery practice.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Consolidating and ensuring evidence based practice 10.00
2. Sustaining midwifery practice 40.00
3. Advanced Pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics and quality use of medicine 30.00
4. Advanced midwifery skills 20.00

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). (

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (

Andre, K., Heartfield. M, Cusack. L 2017, Portfolios for Health Practitioners, 3rd edn, Elsevier, Chatsworth.
De-Vitry. Smith, S. Mayes, S 2019, Skills for Midwifery Practice Australia & New Zealand edition, Elsevier, Sydney.
Pairman, S., Pincombe, J., Thorogood, C. & Tracy,S 2019, Midwifery: preparation for practice, 4th edn, Elsevier, Sydney.
Australian College of Midwives (ACM) (2017). National midwifery guidelines for consultation and referral, (3rd ed). Issue 2, Sydney: ACM.
Bullock, S. & Manias, E. (2017). Fundamentals of Pharmacology 8e. Australia: Pearson.
Marshall, J. & Raynor, M. (2010). Advancing Skills in Midwifery Practice. Edinburgh: Elsevier.
Schneider, Z., & Whitehead, D. (2016). Nursing and Midwifery Research: Methods & Appraisal for Evidenced Based Practice. (5th ed0.Sydney: Elsevier.

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.
NMBA. Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia. (2010). Guidelines and assessment framework for registration standard for eligible midwives and registration standard for endorsement for scheduled medicines for eligible midwives.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA). (2013). Code of ethics for midwives. Australia: NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA). (2013). Guidelines for professional indemnity insurance arrangements for midwives. Australia: NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA). (2013). Midwifery competency standards. Australia: NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA). (2013). National framework for the development of decision-making tools for nursing and midwifery practice. Australia (NMBA).
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), (2018). Code of Conduct, Australia; NMBA.
Queensland Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guideline (QMNCA). (2011). Resuscitation: neonatal. Brisbane, Australia: QMNCA.
Queensland Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guideline (QMNCA). (2011). Stabilisation for retrieval: neonatal. Brisbane, Australia: QMNCA.
Queensland Maternity and Neonatal Clinical Guideline (QMNCA). (2015). Perineal care. Brisbane, Australia: QMNCA.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 50.00
Directed Study 50.00
Group Work 20.00
Online Lectures 10.00
Online Tutorials 10.00
Private Study 15.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
Written Assignment 30 30 23 Aug 2019
Online Group Work 20 20 11 Oct 2019 (see note 1)
EXAMINATION 50 50 End S2 (see Examination notes below)

  1. Students will prepare, contribute and actively participate in 8 out of the 10 online discussion forums during 8 tutorial classes. Students will need computer compatibility to use Zoom software and have video and audio enabled. Tutorial day Thursdays 10-11md.

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Notes
Exam Part A (Multi Choice) 20 20 (see exam note 1)
Exam Part B (Short Answer) 30 30 (see exam note 2)

Exam Notes
  1. This will be a closed exam. Total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released. Students need to choose their exam centre via UConnect
  2. This will be a closed exam. Total working time for the examination is 2 hours. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released. Students need to choose their exam centre via UConnect

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

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

  6. Examination information:
    Candidates are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  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. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

In meeting the University’s aims to establish quality learning and teaching for all programs, this course monitors and ensures quality assurance and improvements in at least two ways. This course:
1. conforms to the USQ Policy on Evaluation of Teaching, Courses and Programs to ensure ongoing monitoring and systematic improvement.
2. forms part of the Bachelor of Midwifery (Graduate Entry) and is benchmarked against the
o internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include (i) stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs, (ii) close integration between business and academic planning, and (iii) regular and rigorous review.
o professional accreditation standards of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accrediation Council, (ANMAC)
o comparative activities and performance of Bachelor of Nursing and the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council, (ANMAC).