The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia has submitted to the Ministerial Council for approval: the Registration Standard for Eligible Midwife and Registration for Endorsement for Scheduled Medicines for Eligible Midwives.
What does this mean for the average midwife in Australia?
To be entitled to be identified as an eligible midwife, a midwife must be able to demonstrate, at a minimum, all the following:
Current general registration as a midwife in Australia with no restrictions on practice;
Midwifery experience that constitutes the equivalent of 3 years full time post initial registration as a midwife;
Current competence to provide pregnancy, labour, birth and post natal care to women and their infants;
Successful completion of an approved professional practice review program for midwives working across the continuum of midwifery care;
20 additional hours per year of continuing professional development relating to the continuum of midwifery care;
Formal undertaking to complete within 18 months of recognition as an eligible midwife; or the successful completion of:
an accredited and approved program of study determined by the Board to develop midwives’ knowledge and skills in prescribing, or
a program that is substantially equivalent to such an approved program of study, as determined by the Board.
My understanding of the above is that you can be deemed an eligible midwife and give the undertaking that you will complete within 18 months further study for prescribing and diagnostics.
Now we have to wait for the release of the courses that we are to do...those from WA who have already completed the Eligible Midwife program which was four units...should get some RPL (recognition for prior learning).....
Until these units are established it seems that midwives are required yet again to jump through hoops to give continuity of care.....
What does this mean: you will have to have three years experience across the continuum of midwifery before you can become an eligible midwife..... complete your Midwifery Practice Review and have an undertaking do further study within 18 months..... and you need to be insured.....indemnity insurance:
Watch this space!