Saturday, December 18, 2010

Survey on prescribing courses for midwives

The following message has been forwarded by Liz Wilkes, a leader in APMA and Midwives Australia

Re: Prescribing courses for midwives

From 1 Nov 2010, Eligible Midwives are able to prescribe certain medicines under the PBS. One of the requirements to become an Eligible Midwife is the completion of a “program of study or equivalent — prescribing” meeting the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).

The Department of Health and Ageing (DoHA) has asked NPS: Better choices, Better health to undertake a project to look at the feasibility of prescribing courses for midwives to prepare them for this additional role. As part of this project, we have designed the following survey to help us better understand the perspective and expectations of potential students of prescribing courses. Below is some information about the survey.

What is the purpose of the survey?
The purpose of this anonymous survey is to consult prospective students who may be thinking of undertaking a prescribing course to fulfil one of the requirements in becoming an Eligible Midwife. We encourage you to complete the survey if you are currently practising as a midwife, or you have a midwifery degree and you are planning to practice as a midwife. This information will be invaluable to the Department of Health and Ageing and NPS in considering how best to support and assist midwives and/or potential course providers in the future. The idea of a survey came from the project reference group comprising representatives from the NMBA, the Australian Council of Nursing and Midwifery, and the Australian College of Midwives, as well as representatives from groups with expertise in prescribing education and drug therapy education.

Why has the survey come to me?
We are seeking to understand the perspective and expectations of potential future students of prescribing courses. This is an emerging area of practice and it is important to gain as much information as possible to assist midwives and/or potential course providers.
The Australian Private Midwives Association has kindly agreed to assist us by sending the survey to its members.

Who should complete the survey?
We invite all currently practising midwives, or those with a midwifery degree who are planning to practice as a midwife to complete the survey. Feel free to pass on the survey to relevant colleagues. We ask that each person only completes the survey once.

How do I access the survey?
Please click on this link
( and you will be taken to the survey directly.

What is the timeframe for completion?
The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. The survey is open from now until 10 January 2011. We would appreciate it if the survey could be completed as soon as possible.

What will happen to the findings from the survey?
The data will be collated and analysed by NPS, and the findings will be reported to DoHA.

Who do I contact for further information?
If you would like further information, please contact Dr Michelle Koo, Manager, Educational Design and Support, NPS on 02 8217 8742 or via email at

Who is NPS: Better choices, Better health?
NPS is a not-for-profit organisation funded by the Australian Government of Department of Health and Ageing to enable better decisions about medicines and medical tests. For more information, visit

Thank you and kind regards,
Dr Michelle Koo
Educational Design and Support team
Innovation and Learning

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