MID448 Midwifery Practice (24)

MID448 Midwifery Practice is the workplace learning component of the GDM and extends across the continuum of midwifery practice for a minimum of 12 calendar months but may be extended to ensure all experiences have been achieved and competency demonstrated. In this subject student midwives will apply their theory to practice and will demonstrate achievement of all of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) competencies as well as undertake the required clinical experiences which will be assessed and recorded in their Midwifery Learning Portfolio/Clinical Record Book. Clinical experiences will include continuity of care, antenatal care, labour and birth, complex care, postnatal care and neonatal care. In addition, student midwives will be required to keep a reflective journal of their experiences.


Year-long Period 2 (32)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Year-long Period 4 (62)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MID448. 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



One session


School of Nursing, Paramedicine and Healthcare Sciences

Enrolment Restrictions

Available only to students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Midwifery.

Not available to students who have successfully completed MID443

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge and skills relating to being a registered nurse.

Subject Relationships

MID443 Replaced by MID448

Incompatible Subjects

MID443, MID444

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to identify the need for correct and accurate documentation and applies the legal requirements for all written medical documentation.
  • be able to analyse, assess, plan and apply safe and effective continuity of care utilising a woman centred focus across the childbearing continuum.
  • be able to identify unsafe practices and report accordingly.
  • be able to assess, plan and educate the woman on adequate nutritional requirements for herself and her infant at the pre, peri and postnatal stages of pregnancy including supporting and promoting breastfeeding according to best practice.
  • be able to understand scope of practice; legal, professional, and ethical boundaries along with local policy, and practice within these boundaries.
  • be able to collaborate with, and refer the woman to, appropriate health care workers and/or community agencies and support networks.
  • be able to demonstrate effective and accurate verbal and written communication with midwives, healthcare providers, and other professionals during consultation, referral and handover.
  • be able to delegate, where necessary, to relevant health professionals and provides appropriate supervision.
  • be able to analyse and reflect in, on, and about their own midwifery practice and identifies need for professional development.
  • be able to evaluate, and contribute to, the learning experiences and professional development of others.
  • be able to apply midwifery professional standards and ethical decision-making frameworks to midwifery practice.
  • be able to demonstrate competency in undertaking a newborn assessment.


This 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;

Workplace Learning

This subject contains a 187.5 days Compulsory Workplace Learning component.

Students are employed as student midwives by a local health service. This enables the student to focus on their role as a student midwife, to develop and demonstrate competence by completing the clinical experiences outlined by ANMAC (the accrediting body) to achieve registration as a Registered Midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia.

Special Resources

Students are employed by a partnering maternity unit where they develop competence to the level of a beginning registered midwife.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: June 2022. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.