Friday, November 4, 2011

midwifery in Australia

The Annual Report 2010-2011 of the regulation agency AHPRA and the National Boards reporting on the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme has been released.  The annual report marks the first ever release of comprehensive national data on health practitioner regulation, including state and territory information, and profession-specific data.

At the time of the Report there were 97 [Medicare-] eligible midwives, listed as coming from:
  • 13 NSW 
  • 53 QLD 
  • 5 SA 
  • 4 Tas 
  • 16 Vic 
  • 6 WA 
Here are a few selected quotes from the report and linked documents:
Midwifery was the most female-dominated of the regulated professions, with the largest group of midwives aged 40 to 44 years and practising in Victoria.

Important information for the nursing and midwifery professions in the report includes: –
  •  On 30 June 2011, there were 332,185 nurses and midwives registered to practise in Australia, with nursing and midwifery representing 63% of the total group of registered health practitioners
  • Of these, 1,789 practitioners held midwifery registration only, 290,072 nursing registration only, and 40,324 held dual nursing and midwifery registration
  • New South Wales was nominated as the principal place of practice by the largest cohort of nursing and midwifery registrants
  • Of all nurses and midwives, the largest group was aged 50 to 54 years (51,998 or almost 18% of the profession)
  • 83% (274,228) of the total number of registered and enrolled nurses and dual nursing midwifery registrants are female; and 99.67% (1,783) of midwives are female
  • There were 1,466 nursing and midwifery practitioners in Australia with an endorsement on registration: 624 nurse practitioners; 744 endorsed for scheduled medicines; one midwife practitioner and 97 eligible midwives
  • There were ... 2,483 students of midwifery registered from April 2011, ... 2.5% of registered students across all regulated professions
  • There were 8,139 notifications received about health practitioners in 2010-11, including 1,300 about nurses and midwives. This means between 0.1% and 0.3% of Australia’s 332,185 nursing and midwifery practitioners were subject to a notification relating to either health, performance and/or conduct of the nurse or midwife
  • The Board took immediate action in relation to 115 nursing and midwifery practitioners after receiving a notification about the practitioner’s health, performance and/or conduct. As a result, the Board took no further action in 24 cases, imposed conditions on the registration of 26 practitioners suspended the registration of 36 practitioners; noted four practitioners surrendered their registration and accepted undertakings from 26 practitioners
  • There were 254 mandatory notifications about nurses and midwives in 2010-11, representing just over 58% of all mandatory notifications received across the 10 professions

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