Pregnancy Care in General Practice

Subject NURS90045 (2011)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2011.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2011:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught online/distance.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

Distance education

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: This subject is conducted via distance education.
Total Time Commitment: 120 hours
Prerequisites: N/A
Corequisites: N/A
Recommended Background Knowledge: N/A
Non Allowed Subjects: N/A
Core Participation Requirements:

Students are required to have access to a computer with e-mail application and a web browser. Technical support is not available from the University of Melbourne in setting up such a system.

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Description, Subject Objectives, Generic Skills and Assessment Requirements of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found at the Disability Liaison Unit website :


Assoc Prof Kelsey Hegarty


Bernie Cooper,
Subject Overview: This subject provides an introduction to pregnancy care in the primary care setting. Its purpose is to develop the clinician’s knowledge and skills in the provision of care to pregnant women assessed at low risk of complications. Topics covered include the physiology of pregnancy related to risk assessment, tests and investigations, lifestyle considerations and clinical assessment.

At the completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Relate the physiology of pregnancy to care provided to a pregnant women at low risk of complications
  • Understand the different models of maternity care available locally and the scope of practice of all health professionals involved in providing pregnancy care
  • Provide information and education to pregnant women consistent with evidence based clinical practice guidelines
  • Conduct clinical assessments for maternal well being and foetal growth in collaboration with the General Practitioner
  • Develop a resource kit on local services providing information and education on childbirth, breast feeding, preparation for parenthood and local maternal and child health centres.

Theoretical Component:

  • Pregnancy resource folio equivalent to 2,000 words due mid-semester (50%)
  • 2,000-word written assignment due end of semester (50%)

Clinical Component:

  • Professional practice folio which must include evidence of competency in clinical pregnancy assessment skills due end of semester (pass/fail hurdle requirement)

Students must achieve a cumulative mark of at least 50% and a pass in the clinical hurdle requirement in order to pass the subject.

Prescribed Texts: 3 Centres Consensus Guidelines on Antenatal Care, Mercy Hospital for Women, Southern Health and Royal Women’s Hospital, 2006 (
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

At the completion of this subject, students should be able to demonstrate:

  • enhanced skills in the provision of woman centred care
  • further developed communication skills
Related Course(s): Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing
Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing

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