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Australian university

A higher education provider that is established by the Commonwealth or a state o territory government as a university and registered with the Tertiary Education Quality Standards Agency (TEQSA) in the ‘Australian university’ provider category.

Australian Qualifications Framework Council (2013) Australian Qualifications Framework

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Basic key skills builder® (bksb)

Organisation that provides online literacy, numeracy and foundation skills assessment tools. The bksb assessment tool has been mapped to the Australian Core Skills Framework and provides an overview of an individual’s learning strengths and determines their English and Maths level.

Basic key skills builder

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Best practice

A technique, method, process, activity or incentive which has been proven by evidence to be most effective in providing a certain outcome.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2016) Enrolled Nurse standards for practice                     

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Block Credit

Credit granted towards whole stages or components of a program of learning leading to a qualification.

Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) (2013) AQF Glossary of Terminology

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Bullying and harassment

When people repeatedly and intentionally use words or actions against someone or a group of people to cause distress and risk to their wellbeing. These actions are usually done by people who have more influence or power over someone else, or who want to make someone else feel less powerful or helpless’[1] (Australian Human Rights Commission definition).

Australian Human Rights Commission (2012) What is bullying?: Violence, Harassment and Bullying Fact sheet                          

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Moves beyond competency and is the extent to which an individual can adapt to change, generate new knowledge and continue to improve practice. Capability and its dimensions include:
• knowing how to learn
• working well with others
• being creative
• having a high degree of self-efficacy
• applying competencies to both novel and familiar situations.

Caseload midwifery

A model of maternity care where women have a primary midwife assigned to them throughout pregnancy, labour and birth and the postnatal period. Each midwife has an agreed number (caseload) of women per year and acts as a second or "back-up" midwife for women who have another midwife as their primary carer.


All members of the health care team working in partnership with women and other consumers of midwifery practice, and each other to facilitate access to the highest standard of health care. Collaborative relationships depend on mutual respect. Successful collaboration depends on communication, consultation and joint decision making within a risk management framework, to enable appropriate referral and to ensure effective, efficient and safe health care (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, 2013, p. 16).

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2018) Midwife standards for practice                     

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Collaborative practice

Where health professionals work as an effective team, optimising individual skills and talents and sharing case management to reach the highest of patient care standards.

Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS)

The official Australian Government website that lists all Australian education providers that offer courses to people studying in Australia on student visas and the courses offered.. Only these providers can enrol overseas students or issue AQF qualifications and statements of attainment to them.


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