Courses & Units

Complexities During and After Birth CNA623



0.5 FTE per fortnight of clinical practice in a health care agency for 20 weeks


This unit provides you with an opportunity to examine the midwife's responsibility to provide safe care during complex labour, birth and the postpartum period. The unit builds upon CNA689 in that it considers at-risk and complex situations which may endanger the health of the woman and/or her foetus/neonate. Studies will include initiating emergency care and assisting in the stabilising of a sick woman and/or her neonate as well as examining related social issues. Emphasis is on working with women holistically in complex situations, developing appropriate referral skills, and working collaboratively with other members of the health care team to enhance the outcomes for the woman and her family.


Unit name Complexities During and After Birth
Unit code CNA623
Credit points 25
Faculty/School Faculty of Health
School of Health Science
Discipline Health Sciences
Teaching staff

Lynne Staff (Coordinator)

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


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 2 Off-Campus International Domestic


International students
Domestic students

Units are offered as On-campus where the majority of teaching will occur at the campus identified.  Units offered Off-campus generally have no requirement for attendance at a physical university campus unless the unit has practical or fieldwork components*:  the campus indicated for an Off-Campus unit is the one at which teaching is administered from.

*Please read the Unit Introduction in the Course and Unit Handbook for attendance requirements for units offered in Off-campus mode.

Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 17/7/2017 10/8/2017 4/9/2017 20/10/2017

* 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 2017 are indicative and subject to change. Finalised census dates for 2017 will be available from the 1st October 2016.

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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.


  • PREREQ - CNA624, CNA625, CNA672, CNA689


Teaching Pattern

Online, Compulsory study days x 2


Online Journal Part A (1000 words) 15%, Online Journal Part B (500 words) 15%, Neonatal Case Study (1200 words) 20%, Clinical Experience Portfolio Assessment and Practice Narrative – Ungraded Pass, Follow Through Case Study Report (2000 words) 50%.

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