Courses & Units

Context in Which Women Live CNA788


This unit is available for registered midwives wishing to upgrade their qualifications to a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery.


This unit considers more complex issues that influence pregnancy, labour, birth, parenting and contemporary midwifery care of women and their families. Trends within Australian health and society are explored and consideration given to 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 support women to actively engage in decision-making in complex health situations are explored, along with examination of maternal/fetal rights.

This unit is one of four units that are undertaken by registered midwives to upgrade to a Graduate Diploma of Midwifery. It contributes to knowledge, skills and attributes required for contemporary midwifery practice based on the NMBA national Competency Standards for the Midwife (2006).


Unit name Context in Which Women Live
Unit code CNA788
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School Faculty of Health
School of Health Science
Discipline Health Sciences
Teaching staff

Lynne Staff(Course Co-ordinator), Rosy Green

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


This unit is currently unavailable.


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Teaching Pattern

2 Optional face-to-face study days, Online learning


Online Journal (1200 words) 20%, Report (1800 words) 30%, Essay (2500 words) 50%.

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