Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New arrangements for midwives

A number of privately practising midwives are progressing towards being endorsed as eligible for Medicare. At least one MIPP who practises in and around Melbourne expects to receive notification of that endorsement tomorrow (24 Feb) after her application is approved by the Nursing and Midwifery Board (NMBA).

A .pdf fact sheet summary (pictured) of the New arrangements for midwives is available here.

A similar fact sheet for the medical profession, addressing the new arrangements for midwives, and especially collaborative arrangements between doctors and midwives, and hospitals and midwives, is available here.

The MIPP Professional Practice Review (PPR) has been submitted to the Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) for approval. The MIPP PPR is a review process for midwives who practise the full scope of midwifery for individual women in primary maternity care settings. The PPR enables a midwife to demonstrate personal competence to peer reviewers of the full scope of midwifery practice over time and across the continuum of care, as defined by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM, 2005), and further developed in current Australian midwifery codes and standards.

Successful completion of a professional practice review is a requirement for midwives applying for notation as eligible. The one process that has been approved is the ACM Midwifery Practice Review (MPR).

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