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Competence

The combination of skills, knowledge, attitudes, values and abilities that underpin effective and/or superior performance in a profession/occupational area.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2014) Nurse practitioner standards for practice                

Retrieved from https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Pro...

Complex needs (midwifery)

Women requiring care beyond what would be considered routine or normal by the health service. Refers to the application of care principles for a range of experiences including maternity emergencies and recognising and responding to clinical deterioration in women with complex needs. This is inclusive of situations where women may be experiencing risks to social and psychological wellbeing, mental health or requiring medical or surgical care.

Complex/Complexity

People requiring care beyond what would be considered routine or normal by the health service. It refers to the application of care principles for a range of experiences including emergencies and recognising and responding to clinical deterioration. This is inclusive of risk to social and psychological wellbeing, mental health or requiring medical or surgical care.

Conceptual framework

Promotes coherence in the program of study by identifying how underpinning educational, nursing and midwifery philosophies are used to guide teaching and learning approaches and support program learning outcomes.

Consultation or consult

Professional advice from a qualified, competent source and making decisions about shared responsibilities for care provision. It is dependent on the existence of collaborative relationships, and open communication, with others in the multidisciplinary health care team (Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, 2013, p. 16).

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

Retrieved from https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Pro...

Consumer

A person who uses, or potentially uses health services, including their family and carers. Consumers may participate as individuals, groups, organisations of consumers, consumer representatives or communities.

Health Consumers Queensland (2019) For Consumers                

Retrieved from http://www.hcq.org.au/for-consumer-representatives/

Continuing competence (midwifery)

Ability of midwives to demonstrate they have maintained their competence in their current area and context of practice.

 

Continuing professional development

Means by which members of the professions maintain,
improve and broaden their knowledge, expertise and competence, and develop the personal and professional qualities required throughout their professional lives.

Continuity of care experience (midwifery)

Ongoing midwifery relationship between the student and the woman from initial contact in pregnancy through to the weeks immediately after the woman has given birth, across the interface between community and individual health care settings. The intention of this experience is to enable students to experience continuity with individual women through pregnancy, labour, birth and the postnatal period, irrespective of the carers chosen by the woman or the availability of midwifery continuity of care models. In terms of the student of a re-entry to the register midwifery program, it is likely that the relationship between the student and the woman will begin late in the pregnancy and include antenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care experiences.

Contractual arrangements/ Agreement

A shared formal agreement, or deed of agreement, between the education provider and any health service providers where students gain their professional experience.

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