This subject explores the principles of primary health care including equity, access, social justice and advocacy for woman and their families and communities. Students will reflect on their own power and privilege and examine the paradigm within which the midwifery profession operates; this will include exploring the impact of historical factors on contemporary midwifery practice and critically examines midwifery practice from a feminist perspective. The subject scaffolds on from prior Indigenous midwifery care content as the student further explores issues for Indigenous Australians such as trust and the health care system in relation to inter-generational trauma and closing the gap in maternal and newborn health outcomes and narrows the focus from a national perspective to the local level. Students will gain knowledge on culturally competent and safe midwifery care for women who identify as being from a culturally and linguistically diverse background. The subject also explore issues that impact on women's well-being including family planning, termination and associated legislation, female genital mutilation, domestic violence and women's health issues. Midwifery knowledge is further enhanced by exploring the effects on the global, national and local health status of childbearing women and the impact midwives might have on improving maternal and newborn health outcomes particularly from a public health and primary health care perspective.
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health
Available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery
Knowledge and skills related to being a Registered Nurse.
The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: January 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.