Australian Catholic University School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (SoNMP) strongly supports the rights of all people who wish to pursue a course in midwifery to achieve their potential and career objectives. The SoNMP is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, practice experiences and other activities to address the impact of students' disabilities so that they are able to participate in their course.
Every occupation, including midwifery, has certain characteristics that are integral to their profession. Caring for women and their families during pregnancy, labour and birth can be emotionally challenging as well as physically strenuous. Many of the activities associated with the professional practice of midwifery are time sensitive. The capacity to perform certain activities by students and registered midwives within specified time limits is required to reduce or avoid risks to the safety and wellbeing of women and/or their newborns. The safety and wellbeing of students and others is always of paramount importance. Students are required to undertake placement activities in culturally diverse environments which reflect the Australian health care context. Successfully completing the course enables you to apply for registration as a registered midwife with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), which is a partner board of the Australian Health Practitioners Registration Authority (AHPRA).
To support potential and current students' decision making a series of inherent requirement statements have been developed. These statements specify the course requirements of the Bachelor of Midwifery for student admission and progression. The statements are clustered under eight domains consisting of ethical behaviour, behavioural stability, legal, communication, cognition, sensory abilities, strength and mobility and sustainable performance.
The inherent requirements outlined below provide a guide for students and staff when deciding whether you are able to meet these requirements and the type of reasonable adjustments that could be put in place to allow students to complete the course without compromising the academic integrity of the course.