Pregnancy Care in General Practice

Subject NURS90045 (2015)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2015.

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 9 (Graduate/Postgraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2015:

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 02-Mar-2015 to 31-May-2015
Assessment Period End 26-Jun-2015
Last date to Self-Enrol 13-Mar-2015
Census Date 31-Mar-2015
Last date to Withdraw without fail 08-May-2015

Timetable can be viewed here. For information about these dates, click here.
Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Students are required to conduct assessments in workplace or clinic (10 hours)
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
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 requests 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 Overview, Objectives, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.
It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and the Disability Liaison Unit:


Prof Kelsey Hegarty


Academic Contact:

A/Prof Kelsey Hegarty
Phone: 03 8344 4992

Administrative Contact:

Weilun Nien
Phone: 03 9035 3821

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.

Learning Outcomes:

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.
  • Pregnancy resource folio equivalent to 2,000 words due mid-semester (50%)
  • 2,000-word written assignment due end of semester (50%)
  • Professional practice folio which must include evidence of competency in clinical pregnancy assessment skills due end of semester (pass/fail hurdle requirement)
  • Reflective journal equivalent to 1,000 words due end of semester (pass/fail hurdle requirement)

In order to pass this hurdle requirement, students must demonstrate that they have read and understood the materials realted to the tasks and can apply the principles and evidence based guidelines to the context in which they work.

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

Students undertaking this subject via the Community Access Program (CAP) must provide all the following supporting documents when applying:

  • Evidence of National Division 1 Registration
  • Certified copies of academic transcript from undergraduate degree.
  • Evidence of at least one year professional experience in a clinical setting (the provision of a CV is not sufficient; an example of valid evidence is a letter of reference or an employment contract).

All enrolled students are required to provide the following documents for sighting at the student centre. Students are not permitted to undertake clinical placements without the provision of these documents:

  • Police record check
Related Course(s): Graduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing
Graduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing
Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Care Nursing
Postgraduate Diploma in Primary Care Nursing

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