MID445 Indigenous Midwifery Care (4)

By exploring the history and context of colonisation, students will become familiar with the power relations placed over Indigenous Australians and endorsed through legislation and other practices. This subject will explore how these power relations have impacted on Indigenous Australian women's experience of childbirth and midwifery practice. The social determinants of health will be used to investigate the experiences and outcomes of Indigenous women and their babies. Students will explore the concept of closing the gap in the context of midwifery practice and the role that midwives might play in 'closing the gap' including ways of creating a culturally safe environment. The concepts of cultural safety and cultural competency are explored, students will be expected to critically reflect on their own culture and attitudes and explore the impact these may have when caring for Indigenous women.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: MID445. 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, Midwifery and Indigenous Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Graduate Diploma of Midwifery

Assumed Knowledge

Undergraduate nursing knowledge

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to identify and address the impact of power relations, including the history of colonial power over Indigenous Australian peoples on midwifery practice
  • Be able to describe the specific maternity needs of women identifying as Indigenous Australian and analyse and synthesise the role of midwifery in Closing the Gap in relation to maternal and newborn health.
  • 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 culturally appropriate ways of working with, and empowering Indigenous women, groups and communities.
  • Be able to describe the concepts of cultural awareness, competence, sensitivity, safety, security and humility in the context of the lifelong journey of cultural competence


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Module 1: Indigenous cultures and histories
  • Module 2: Closing the Gap in the midwifery context
  • Module 3: Midwifery care for and by Indigenous women: working together

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of MID445 in Session 2 2020. 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
Value %
Critical reflection on iccp
Scholarly paper

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.