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  • Objectives
    The course aims to provide students with advanced studies in midwifery to prepare them with the ability to contribute to the present and future development of health care services and the midwifery profession.Learning outcomesGraduates of this course are expected to be able to: * advance the discipline of midwifery through evolution of conceptual frameworks and the promotion of excellence in midwifery practice; * participate in facets of the delivery of midwifery care, including the planning, implementation and dissemination of midwifery research; * demonstrate expertise in the practice of midwifery by the dissemination of research and excellence in practice; * apply ethical and theoretical concepts to the analysis and development of professional clinical judgement; * enhance the quality of midwifery practice in particular practice settings through the use of critical analysis and reflective thought; * analyse environment forces influencing the delivery of quality midwifery care within a multicultural society; * develop and fulfil a range of leadership roles within the midwifery profession; * contribute effectively to professional, political and socio-cultural debate related to midwifery within the health care system and the wider community; and * demonstrate an understanding of, and an ability to fulfil the role of, a contemporary midwife.
  • Entry requirements
    Applicants must hold a nursing or midwifery degree or an equivalent qualification approved by the Faculty Board, and must be registered as a midwife and hold a current practising certificate.The Board may, under certain circumstances and subject to specific conditions, admit others who can show evidence of fitness for candidature.At the Board's discretion, credit may be granted for comparable prior studies.
  • Academic Title
    Master of Midwifery
  • Course description
    The Master of Midwifery is a 54-unit course, comprising coursework and either a thesis or a project, which is offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences on a Commonwealth Supported basis.

    PROGRAM OF STUDY  [November, 2008]

    To qualify for the Master of Midwifery, a student must complete 54 units with a grade of Pass or NGP or better in each topic, according to the program of study below.

    Students must complete 18 units of core topics and 36 units according to one of the three pathways.

    Not all elective topics are available in a given year.

    Except with permission of the Faculty Board:

        * no topic may be attempted more than twice;
        * a student may not include a topic which repeats work previously undertaken;
        * the program must be completed full-time within three consecutive semesters or part-time within eight consecutive semesters. A lesser period may be set for students granted credit for previous studies.

    The award of a grade of Fail (F) in the same topic on more than one occasion or in 12 units or more, or failure to complete the course within four consecutive years may constitute prima facie evidence of unsatisfactory progress for the purpose of the University's Policy on Student Progress.

    Core topics

    NURS9002
        

    Issues and Methods in Nursing and Midwifery Research
        

    6

    NURS9611
        

    Epidemiology for Nurses and Midwives
        

    3
        

    and either

    NURS9004
        

    Qualitative Research
        

    3
        

    or

    NURS9512
        

    Health Statistics
        

    3
        

    and either

    MIDW9002
        

    Clinical Science for Midwives
        

    6
        

    or

    MIDW9003
        

    Sociology of Childbirth
        

    3
        

    and
        

    Elective topic
        

    3

    Pathway 1

    NURS9615
        

    Thesis
        

    36

    Pathway 2 [Not offered in 2009]

    MIDW9004
        

    Midwifery 1, and
        

    9

    MIDW9005
        

    Midwifery 2, and
        

    9

    NURS9613
        

    Research Project
        

    18

    Pathway 3 [Not offered in 2009]

    MIDW9004
        

    Midwifery 1, and
        

    9

    MIDW9005
        

    Midwifery 2, and
        

    9

    NURS9602
        

    Practice Project in Nursing or Midwifery
        

    9
        

    Elective topic(s)
        

    9

    ELECTIVE TOPICS
    Not all elective topics are available in any given year or semester.

    MIDW9008
        

    Midwifery History and Politics
        

    6

    NURS9019
        

    Law and Ethics for Advanced Practice
        

    3

    NURS9022
        

    Introduction to Clinical Audit
        

    3

    NURS9023
        

    Conducting a Clinical Audit
        

    3

    NURS9024
        

    Clinical Audit Paper
        

    3

    NURS9507
        

    Independent Study
        

    3

    NURS9508
        

    Independent Study
        

    6

    NURS9509
        

    Therapeutic Touch: Complementary Healing Modality in Health and Illness
        

    3

    NURS9515
        

    Infertility and Issues in Assisted Reproduction
        

    6

    NURS9518
        

    Independent Study
        

    4.5

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