Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Congratulations Justine Caines!

Today's Australia Day honors list included the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) being awarded to Justine Maree CAINES, who is well known to APMA as a maternity consumer activist.
Justine Caines, OAM

Citation: For service to the community, particularly in the area of women's health, maternity care and education.

September 2009, Canberra - more than 2000 people protest the government's maternity reforms, which threatened to deny Australian women the right to homebirth with a private midwife.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Eligible Midwives

Notation on the Register of Midwives as an 'eligible midwife' enables that midwife to apply to Medicare for a provider number, thereby providing rebate from the Australian government's Medicare program on certain midwifery services. Eligible midwives will also be able to prescribe certain scheduled medicines, after completion of an approved course of study, and after State and Territory laws have been amended to allow midwives to prescribe.

The national Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia's (NMBA) Guidelines and Assessment Framework for Registration Satandard for Eligible Midwives and Registration Standard for Endorsement for Scheduled Medicines for Eligible Midwives (pictured above) is available for downloading as a .pdf document at the Codes and Guidelines section of the NMBA website.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Resuscitation Guidelines

The Australian Resuscitation Council (ARC) has now published its revised resuscitation guidelines for Basic, Advanced, Paediatric and Neonatal Life Support. These changes reflect the most recent scientific evidence which was evaluated and recently published by the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation (ILCOR) and its member organisations, including the Australian Resuscitation Council.