Course Title: Clinical Practice 2

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Clinical Practice 2

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011

Course Coordinator: Dr Jennifer James

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 6650

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.6.04

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment or via email

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Students are required to have successfully completed Clinical Practice 1 prior to undertaking Clinical Practice 2.

Course Description

Clinical Practice 2 focuses on complex issues in breastfeeding & human lactation and enables the transitioning of theory to complex clinical practice in a way that increases the skills and responsibilities of the students in a planned, sequenced manner. The theoretically based Courses draw on a wide variety of research and discipline specific knowledge which is consolidated during supervised clinical practice experiences and by participating in online activities.

Participants will be required to undertake up to 250 hours of clinical practicum depending on their background experience. This can be organised in various ways and is open to negotiation between the student, prospective clinical venue and Course coordinator. IBCLC Supervisors will provide organised supervision for students and contribute to evaluation of their performance in each clinical Course. Clinical learning will be supported by online activities during the semester which combine theoretical input and structured opportunities for learning.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

The graduate capabilities associated with the learning outcomes of this course are:
• Provides comprehensive, safe, effective and evidence based care to achieve identified outcomes
• Practices within the boundaries of IBCLC lactation consultant

The overarching aims of Clinical Practice 2 are to consolidate attained knowledge of basic breastfeeding and human lactation issues through supervised clinical practice. On completion of the course, you will be expected to:
• Apply theoretical knowledge of variations to the normal course of breastfeeding & human lactation to clinical practice under the guidance of the IBCLC supervisor;
• Demonstrate developing clinical competency in the complex care setting as stipulated in the clinical practice record;
• Evaluate and reflect on observed and experienced clinical care provided in various settings

Overview of Learning Activities

This Course uses field based learning and is complemented by online clinically focussed activities. Learning strategies will include structured feedback, supervised clinical observation, journal reporting and analysing observations. Participation in educational and support strategies used to promote and support in the complex care setting will also be required. You are required to successfully complete your clinical practice record book and supervisor assessment from their the clinical settings

Overview of Learning Resources

You will undertake yourclinical practice under the supervision of an experienced IBCLC lactation consultant who will act as your mentor on placement. A variety of practice settings will be negotiated and include antenatal clinics, postnatal settings, neonatal nurseries, breastfeeding day stay clinics, private practice settings, antenatal education classes and community based pregnancy care. The course is supported by information, learning activities and resources on the online MyRMIT.

Overview of Assessment

In order to achieve the learning outcomes, you will need to be able to demonstrate appropriate professional judgments and knowledge in relation to the learning objectives.
Assessment will consist of: an Assignment, continuance of the Reflective practice journal and a clinical case study.