Course Outline

HLT310 Leadership and Governance in Maternity Care

Course Coordinator:Elaine Jefford ( School:School of Health - Midwifery

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


In this course you will consolidate and synthesise your midwifery knowledge and skills as you work toward competence to register and practice. You will be challenged to examine your role as a midwife to enable you to practice as a future oriented professional. Specifically, you will examine the role of the midwife in leadership and governance. You will examine professional and regulatory requirements as they provide the framework for leadership in the profession.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online asynchronous learning and teaching recording 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial. 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

  • Promoting health in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
  • Promoting health in the global context
  • Leadership in practice
  • Governance in midwifery
  • Professional issues in midwifery
  • Economic, environmental, political and social influences on maternity policies, service planning and models of care
  • Regulatory and legislative frameworks

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
1 Identify the maternity care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities, women with culturally diverse backgrounds and other vulnerable groups. Ethical
1, 2
2 Evaluate economic, environmental, political and social influences as they shape maternity care. Sustainability-focussed
3 Communicate and collaborate effectively in multidisciplinary teams to facilitate safe and effective care for women and their infants. Engaged
2.8, 5.2
4 Apply and integrate leadership principles to practice. Engaged
5 Interpret and use evidence as a basis to inform practice, policy, guidelines and decision-making. Creative and critical thinker
6 Apply principles and practices of academic writing and referencing Engaged


* Competencies by Professional Body

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
1 Standard 1: Promotes health and wellbeing through evidence-based midwifery practice
2 Standard 2: Engages in professional relationships and respectful partnerships
2.8 The midwife participates in and/or leads collaborative practice
3.7 The midwife recognises and responds appropriately where safe and quality practice may be compromised
5.2 The midwife collaboratively develops plans until options, priorities, goals, actions, anticipated outcomes and timeframes are agreed with the woman, and/or relevant others
7 Standard 7: Evaluates outcomes to improve midwifery practice

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


HLT203 and enrolled in Program SC393


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Early feedback on progress will be provided through informal discussion during the week three tutorial. Students will be encouraged to bring a draft of task one – written piece – for review and feedback.    

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Written Piece Individual 25%
1500 words
Week 4 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 2 Report Individual 40%
2000 words
Week 8 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Written Piece Individual 35%
1500 words
Week 13 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Written assignment
You are aiming to identify the health needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women to the maternity services. You will discuss key perinatal health issues for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Specific reference is to be made to the potential contribution midwifery could make to improve the health of this group.
Product: Written Piece
An original word document assignment using evidence from a review of the academic and government literature to present a contemporary discussion of appropriate maternity services and midwifery care.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Demonstrate knowledge of the health needs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families
Evaluate the economic, environmental, political and social influences as they shape maternity services planning and models of care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families
Discuss the potential contribution of midwifery to improving health for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and families.
Use of relevant literature and critical analysis of the literature
Demonstrate appropriate written expression (academic writing, terminology, referencing etc.)
All - Assessment Task 2:Critique of an evidence-based clinical guideline
Your goal is to critique an evidence-based clinical guideline.
Product: Report
A 2000-word report (template provided)
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Evidence of critical appraisal of an existing maternity and/or neonatal clinical guideline, using a validated appraisal instrument.
Use of relevant literature to support argument and critique
Information literacy skills: use of sources and citations
Demonstrate appropriate written expression (academic writing, terminology, referencing etc.)
All - Assessment Task 3:Commentary
Your goal is to articulate your proposed approach to practice as a midwife in both a visual and written form. You will be required to demonstrate this approach to practice within professional, regulatory and legislative frameworks.
Product: Written Piece
Concept Map (5%): Concept maps form a visual representation of your thought processes. Information about concept maps will be provided on the course Canvas site. 
Written Commentary (30%): 1500 word written response elaborating on your concept map, explaining your anticipated approach to your future practice as a midwife, and how this aligns with the Midwife Standards for Practice and Code of Conduct for Midwives.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Visual appearance reflects a professional presentation
Articulation of an approach to future practice
Addresses professional, regulatory and legislative standards for ongoing practice in Australia
Key concepts are linked visually in the concept map
Application of professional, regulatory and legislative frameworks (Codes) to future midwifery practice once registered
Demonstrated understanding of the Code of Conduct for Midwives and the Midwife Standards for Practice
Evidence of knowledge and critique around professional role as a midwife (nationally and internationally)
Demonstrate appropriate written expression (academic writing, terminology, referencing etc.)

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Editors: Sally Pairman, Sally Tracy, Hannah Dahlen, Lesley Dixon 2022 MIDWIFERY PREPARATION FOR PRACTICE. 5th Elsevier

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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