MID452 Midwifery as Primary Health Care (8)

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.

Availability

Session 3 (90)
Online
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MID452. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System

HD/FL

Duration

One session

School

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Available to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge and skills related to being a Registered Nurse.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify and critically reflect on their own power and privilege and the paradigm within which the midwifery profession operates including understanding the historical factors of contemporary midwifery practice and critically examine midwifery practice from a feminist perspective
  • be able to apply the principles of primary health care to woman-centred midwifery care including equity, access, social justice, advocacy for woman and their families and communities, and affordable and sustainable care
  • be able to review and critique from a community development and social determinants of health perspective, the literature relating to 'Closing the Gap' in maternal and newborn health outcomes between Indigenous Australian and non-Indigenous Australian peoples.
  • be able to identify and describe culturally competent and safe midwifery care for woman who identify as being from a culturally and linguistically diverse background
  • be able to describe the concepts of cultural awareness, competence, sensitivity, safety, security and humility in the context of being culturally competent
  • be able to identify and critically analyse issues that impact on women's wellbeing both locally and globally, including family planning, termination and legislation, female genital mutilation domestic violence and other women's health issues
  • be able to critically examine and reflect 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

Syllabus

This subject will cover the following topics:
  • MODULE 1: History of Midwifery
  • MODULE 2: Primary Health Care in Midwifery
  • MODULE 3: Midwifery support and cultural safety of women who are from a culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) background
  • MODULE 4: Indigenous maternity care
  • MODULE 5: Women's health and sexual health
  • MODULE 6: Influences of policy and public health reform on maternity services - national and international perspectives.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MID452 in Session 3 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Title
Value %
1
Editorial
40
2
Targeted community cultural profile
60

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.

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