On July 25th 2013 the Health Insurance Amendment (Midwives) Regulation 2013 was introduced.
This new regulation adds a new type of collaborative arrangement for an eligible midwife who is credentialed by a hospital, having successfully completed a formal assessment of her or his qualifications, skills, experience and professional standing. At present processes exist with some public maternity services for midwives to be recognized as shared antenatal care affiliates. It would seem reasonable to expect that these processes could be extended to meet the requirements for collaborative arrangements during intranatal and postnatal care as well as antenatal.
Perhaps this amended regulation will be the impetus for progress in maternity hospitals that have, to date, been resistent to change. The need for collaborative arrangements to be facilitated through the public maternity hospitals to which we refer women in our care is obvious. The systems need to be seamless and transparent, protecting the wellbeing and safety of mother and child, as well as offering a reliable and accountable process for members of the midwifery profession, and for the hospital and its employees.
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