Tuesday, June 23, 2009

from the College of Midwives

Media Release, June 2009

Mothers and babies at risk: Access to qualified midwives for homebirth under threat

Private midwives will no longer be able to attend homebirths under new national laws proposed for registering health professionals to have effect from 1 July 2010.

The national registration scheme for health professionals, which has been being developed by COAG and health ministers since 2007, released the draft laws last week. One of the requirements of the new scheme will be that all health professionals have professional indemnity insurance, as a measure to ensure consumers have access to compensation if they successfully prove negligence.

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