Courses & Units

Complexities in Antenatal Care and Family Life CNA689



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Students enrolled in specialisations which include clinical placements must demonstrate agreement with the Faculty of Health Science and the School of Nursing and Midwifery policies relevant to workplace based learning.

Professional experience placement for this unit will include 20 weeks( 400 hours)  of paid practice. Students are required to attend clinical experiences as rostered and also recruit a minimum of 8 women as part of the LINC Program. Students are to be fully involved in the midwifery care of these eight women under appropriate supervision. An average of 20 hours is required to be spent with each woman across pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period.


This unit extends students' understanding of the role and scope of practice of midwifery. Students will explore trends within Australian health and society and consider the impact these have on women within the context of childbearing and midwifery practice. The history, health and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples will be explored along with principles of cultural safety. Strategies to empower women and their families are critically examined to determine the ways in which women can be assisted in playing an active role in decision-making about their health during more complex pregnancy. The ethical and legal rights of the pregnant woman are further explored.

As part of this unit students will develop knowledge of maternofetal pathophysiology that may pre-exist or occur during pregnancy. As members of the multidisciplinary team, students will develop competence in decision making skills to identify when the need for referral and consultation is required during pregnancy. Students examine current research as a means of determining best practice for women experiencing a complicated pregnancy.

This unit is one of five specialist units that contribute knowledge, skills and attitudes/attributes required for competent beginning level midwifery practice. By the completion of the course students are required to demonstrate the acquisition of the NMBA National Competency Standards for the Midwife (NMBA, 2006).


Unit name Complexities in Antenatal Care and Family Life
Unit code CNA689
Credit points 25
Faculty/School Faculty of Health and Medicine
School of Health Science
Discipline Health Sciences
Teaching staff

Lynne Staff (Course Coordinator

Level Postgraduate
Available as student elective? No
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2018 23/3/2018 16/4/2018 3/6/2018

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

Unit census dates currently displaying for 2018 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2018 will be available from the 1st October 2017.

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2017: $1,587.00 2017: $4,720.00 060303

Fees for next year will be published in October. The fees above only apply for the year shown.

Please note: international students should refer to this page to get an indicative course cost.


  • PRE-REQ - CNA672, CNA624, CNA625


Teaching Pattern

Online; compulsory study days (x2)


Online Discussion (1500 words) 25%, Indigenous Health Report (1500 words) 25%, Clinical Experience Portfolio Assessment and Practice Narrative - Ungraded Pass, Essay (2000 words) 50%,

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