MID443 Midwifery Practice (24)


MID443 Midwifery Practice extends across the continuum of midwifery practice (minimum of 12 calendar months, but may be extended to ensure all experiences have been achieved and competency demonstrated), minimum 1500 required hours and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2010) (NMBA) prescribed experiences. Whether studied 12 minimum months or extended for up to 18 months (it is anticipated that most students will have demonstrated competency in all required experiences in approximately 12-14 months), students are to demonstrate the same pre-determined level of competency. This means that before being deemed eligible to apply for registration as a midwife, students must demonstrate all prescribed (NMBA) (2010) competencies to the level of a beginning RM. MID443 and MID444 are identical subjects and the two codes are used purely to meet the online learning needs of different cohorts of students.
This subject is based on the compulsory midwifery practice component of the pre-registration course. Students are required to demonstrate safe and competent midwifery practice commensurate with their period in the course at the time of each of their midwifery practice appraisals (minimum of five). Essential midwifery experiences identified by the (NMBA) (2010) must be achieved in order for the student to be eligible to apply for registration as a midwife. Achievement of these midwifery skills and experiences are recorded, assessed and reflected on in this subject.

+ Subject Availability Modes and Location

Session 1
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 2
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Session 3
DistanceWagga Wagga Campus
Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MID443
Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
Three sessionsHD/FLSchool of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge and skills relating to being a registered nurse.

Enrolment restrictions

Available only to  pre-registration midwifery students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery course
Incompatible subject(s)Related subject(s)
MID444 MID452 Concurrent enrolment in MID452
MID441 Concurrent enrolment in MID441

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate competency in each of the 14 ANMC National Competency Standards for the Midwife;
  • be able to apply their theoretical understanding of legal and professional responsibilities including accountability and functioning in accordance with legislation to their own woman-led midwifery practice;
  • be able to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate woman-led midwifery care;
  • be able to identify and practice woman-led midwifery care as a public health strategy, including the respect for self determination, protection of individual and group rights and acting as a resource person for the woman;
  • be able to evaluate and discuss those issues that impact on woman-led midwifery care;
  • be able to critically reflect on and evaluate their own practice and examine the research literature available to help guide their woman-led midwifery practice;
  • in the 1500 minimum required midwifery practice hours, be able to perform safely and competently those midwifery experiences identified by ANMC as necessary for eligibility to apply to register as a midwife.


The subject will cover the following topics:
  • Woman-centred midwifery antenatal care;
  • Woman-centred intrapartum midwifery care;
  • Woman-centred midwifery care of the postnatal woman and her newborn;
  • Promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding;
  • Woman-centred continuity of midwifery care;

Work Place Learning

This subject contains a Compulsory Workplace Learning component of 187.5 days duration. Students employment as a student midwife enables them to develop and demonstrate midwifery competency during  a minimum of 1500 hours (12 calendar months). This  is a requirement of the ANMC, the accrediting body.

Specialised Resources

MID443/MID444 students are employed by a partnering maternity unit where they are contracted for 1500 hours as they develop competence to the level of a beginning registered midwife.


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.