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MID2202 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander: Health and Cultural Practices for the Midwife

Semester 2, 2020 Online
Short Description: Health & Cultural Practices
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

Staffing

Examiner: Joanne Buckley

Requisites

Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in the following Program: BMID

Rationale

The research has shown that the health of Indigenous Australians is at significantly lower levels than that of non-Indigenous Australians. This is particularly evident in the area of maternal, newborn and child health care. Australia is a multi-cultural society and it is now imperative that health professionals can recognise different cultures and provide safe cultural health care. This course will provide students with the opportunity to study culture, especially Indigenous culture. Examining the history, health, wellness and culture will provide the student with the background to examine their own beliefs and values as well as issues related to midwifery practice.

Synopsis

This course aims to provide the student with the knowledge and skills to be able to identify and explore Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people history, identity, health, wellness and culture. Students will be able to identify inequalities in in the health status of individuals and their families. They will gain an understanding of the maternity care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and their families and to ensure that midwifery care is culturally safe. They will learn about, and respect, customary law. They will further develop their knowledge and skills to work with people from cultures other than their own. The principles of Primary Health Care will be included in the strategies for care to enable women and their families to have access to affordable, equitable and appropriate midwifery care. Intercultural interactions will be examined and strategies developed for positive relationships to be developed.

Objectives

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

  1. Explain the links between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity, history and health
  2. Critically analyse the cultural and historical contexts of health and care concepts in relation to their own persona l and professional identity as a midwife
  3. Apply the principles, philosophy and strategies of Primary Health Care to provide midwifery care within Aboriginal controlled health services
  4. Examine the concept of culture and discuss how values and belief constructs of a particular group of people guide their thinking, decision making an actions in their health care with special emphasis on midwifery care
  5. Examine the role of the Aboriginal mother’s kinship ties, the role of the Aboriginal grandmother, the importance of birthing on the land and the importance of passing on traditional values and customs
  6. Demonstrate the ablity to provide, safe and culturally appropriate care to a woman of any cultural background
  7. Develop a framework for practice that encapsulates the personal, professional and structural elements of cultural safety and demonstrate this in midwifery practice.

Topics

Description Weighting(%)
1. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander identity, history and health 10.00
2. Cultural and historical contexts of maternity health 10.00
3. Primary Health Care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women 20.00
4. Indigenous models of care 10.00
5. Framework for culturally safe practice (workshop) 30.00
6. An example of traditional practice 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). (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/textbooks/?year=2020&sem=02&subject1=MID2202)

Please contact us for alternative purchase options from USQ Bookshop. (https://omnia.usq.edu.au/info/contact/)

Best, O 2017, Yatdjuligin Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nursing & Midwifery Care, 2nd edn, Cambridge University Press, Port Melbourne.
Pairman, S, Pincombe, J, Thorogood, C & Tracy, S 2019, Midwifery: Preparation for Practice, 4th edn, Elsevier, Sydney.

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.
Eckerman, A, Dowd, T, Chong, E, Nixon, L Gray,R & Johnson, M 2010, Binan Goonj Bridging Cultures in Aboriginal Health, 3rd edn, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, Chatswood.
Taylor, K & Guerin, P 2019, Health Care and Indigenous Australians cultural safety in practice, 3rd edn, Palgrave Macmillan, South Yarra.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA). (2006). National competency standards for the midwife. Australia: NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA). (2018). Code of Conduct. Australia: NMBA.
Nursing and Midwifery Board Australia (NMBA). (2018). ICM Code of Ethics. Australia: NMBA.

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
Case Study 30 30 18 Sep 2020
Online Group Work 20 20 09 Oct 2020 (see note 1)
Online Exam 50 50 End S2 (see note 2)

Notes
  1. Students will work in small groups to prepare, present and actively participate in online tutorials. There are marks associated with attending and participating in 10 out of the 12 tutorials sessions. Students will need computer compatibility to use Zoom software and have video and audio enabled so they are visible to the course examiner during the tutorial. . More information will be provided on Study Desk.
  2. This will be an open examination. Students will be provided further instruction regarding the exam by their course examiner via StudyDesk. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official Alternate Assessment Schedule has been released.

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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    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 http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must obtain at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.
    To be awarded a passing grade for a supplementary assessment item (if applicable), a student must achieve at least 50% of the available marks for the supplementary assessment item as per the Assessment Procedure http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents/14749PL (point 4.4.2).

  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:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    An Open Examination is one in which candidates may have access to any printed or written material and a calculator during the examination.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    This will be a closed examination. Students are allowed to bring only writing and drawing instruments into a closed examination

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Due to COVID-19 the requirements for S2 2020 are:
    The details regarding deferred/supplementary examinations will be communicated at a later date.

    Requirements after S2 2020:
    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 http://policy.usq.edu.au.

Assessment notes

  1. Students must familiarise themselves with the USQ Assessment Procedures (http://policy.usq.edu.au/documents.php?id=14749PL).

  2. Referencing in Assignments must comply with the APA (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The APA (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. These policies can be found at http://www.usq.edu.au/library/referencing

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
  • 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.
  • professional accreditation standards of the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council, (ANMAC).
  • comparative activities and performance of Bachelor of Nursing and the Australian Nursing & Midwifery Accreditation Council, (ANMAC).

Date printed 6 November 2020