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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

Faculty/College

Faculty of Health

Unit aim

Develops the specialised midwifery knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work with women in the contexts of existing or childbearing induced mental health and wellbeing.

Unit content

  • Factors that create mental illness
  • Common mental health disorders during childbearing
  • Major mental illness during childbearing
  • Drugs and alcohol use in childbearing

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1 critically discuss the cultural, contextual, personal, biological and interpersonal factors that contribute to mental illness
2 discuss the impact of maternal stress, anxiety and depression during childbearing on the woman's physiology, the duration of pregnancy and the neurodevelopment of her baby
3 develop awareness of women who have significant mental illness, provide basic therapeutic counselling and identify when to refer these women for specialised mental health and/or community services
4 work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary health care teams when working with women who have a major mental illness or drug and alcohol dependency in pregnancy and after birth
5 demonstrate effective therapeutic communications and appropriate boundary setting for women who have been clinically diagnosed with a personality disorder
6 communicate therapeutically with women with the aim of ameliorating the long-term impact of birth trauma

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. critically discuss the cultural, contextual, personal, biological and interpersonal factors that contribute to mental illness
  2. discuss the impact of maternal stress, anxiety and depression during childbearing on the woman's physiology, the duration of pregnancy and the neurodevelopment of her baby
  3. develop awareness of women who have significant mental illness, provide basic therapeutic counselling and identify when to refer these women for specialised mental health and/or community services
  4. work collaboratively with multi-disciplinary health care teams when working with women who have a major mental illness or drug and alcohol dependency in pregnancy and after birth
  5. demonstrate effective therapeutic communications and appropriate boundary setting for women who have been clinically diagnosed with a personality disorder
  6. communicate therapeutically with women with the aim of ameliorating the long-term impact of birth trauma

Prescribed texts

  • No prescribed texts.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.