In each year of the midwifery course you are required to provide continuity of care to women through their experience of pregnancy, childbirth and transition to motherhood.

A COCE is an ongoing midwifery relationship between you and a woman, from initial contact early in the woman's pregnancy through to the weeks immediately after giving birth.

You must complete at least 20 COCEs during your course under the direct supervision of a registered midwife or medical practitioner. Each COCE is equal to approximately 30 hours of PEP.

In the first year you are required to provide continuity of care for up to six women, mainly in an observational and supportive role.

In the second and third years you are required to provide continuity of care to between 6-8 women each year, by taking a more active role in the care of the woman and her family. You must undertake at least 8 COCEs in the final third of your course as per the ANMAC Midwife Accreditation Standards (2009).

RN entry students may undertake COCEs over the entire length of the course but you must undertake at least 8 COCEs in the final third of the course. If you are undertaking part time studies and would like to commence COCE in your first year, write to the Coordinator (Midwifery Programs) stating your intention and you will be advised of the requirements to be able to do so.

All Midwifery Students

To undertake COCE you must:

  • ensure you have completed and are up-to-date with all pre-placement requirements
  • register each woman using the COCE Venue Notification form below
  • attend the appropriate hospital orientation session prior to attending the birth
  • log your attendance at all COCE labour/births through the Birth Attendance Log form below

 


Continuity of Care Experience venue notification request

The ANMAC Standards and Criteria for the Accreditation of Nursing and Midwifery Courses Leading to Registration, Enrolment, Endorsement and Authorisation in Australia (2009) requires midwifery students to complete a minimum of twenty (20) continuity of care experiences prior to registration regardless of the length of a course.

An important part of the continuity of care experience is the need to formally advise the hospital/venue of your planned attendance at the birth.

You are required to identify the women you have recruited for your continuity of care experiences so that the Professional Experience Placements Unit can advise the relevant venues of the expected dates of birth, and your attendance at the births.

Failure to submit this information may mean you are unable to attend the birth.  Without notification from the Professional Experience Placements Unit, venues have the right to refuse your entry to the Labour and Birthing Unit regardless of the permission you have obtained from the woman.

Please complete a single application for each woman you recruit, save in the required format, and return by email to the address nominated on the form. A return email will confirm satisfactory receipt of your documentation.

Continuity of Care Experience Record (DOCX 42KB)

 


Birth Attendance Log

The ANMAC Standards and Criteria for the Accreditation of Nursing and Midwifery Courses Leading to Registration, Enrolment, Endorsement and Authorisation in Australia (2009) requires midwifery students to complete a minimum of twenty (20) continuity of care experiences prior to registration regardless of the length of a course.

An important part of the continuity of care experience is the need for the School to keep an accurate record of any student attendance at a birth outside of topic-related Professional Experience Placement shifts.  It is your responsibility to provide this information to the University to ensure that a record is available in the event of insurance claims or legal investigations which may occur well beyond your course of study.

This Birth Attendance Log relates specifically to your attendance at the labour and birthing of the women you have recruited for your continuity of care experience.

Please complete a single application form for each birth you attend, save in the required format and email to the nominated Professional Experience Placements Unit address. A return email will confirm satisfactory receipt of your documentation.

Birth Attendance Log Form (DOCX 42KB)