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Saturday, September 8, 2012

Review of the ACM Guidelines

The College (ACM) has announced a review of the ACM National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral (2nd Edition) (2008)
If you do not have a copy, you can download a .pfd version here.

Readers who are members of ACM will have received a message about this review.

The review questions are:
  • Do you have any corrections or changes to be considered for the next edition? 
  • Do you have any additions that should be considered? 
  • Do you use appendix A? 
  • Does appendix A work or how does it need changing? 
The guidelines are meant for all midwives, so even if you aren’t a member of ACM, please put your mind to these questions.
The APMA response will address the questions with private midwifery practice in mind.  Private midwifery practice has changed significantly since 2008, when the current version was published, for example:
  • All midwives who practise privately are required to have professional indemnity insurance
  • An exemption from the indemnity insurance requirement is in place until June 2013, and is expected to be extended to 2015, for midwives attending homebirths privately
  • Many midwives are now able to offer Medicare rebates for a range of antenatal and postnatal midwifery services.  
  • A few midwives are offering Medicare rebates for intrapartum midwifery services in hospitals where they have clinical privileges/visiting access.
  • A few midwives have endorsement on the public register as PBS prescribers
"Endorsed as qualified to prescribe schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 medicines required for midwifery practice across pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care, in accordance with relevant State and Territory legislation"(AHPRA)
  • Many midwives are enrolled in university studies that will lead to endorsement as prescribers.

Readers are welcome to make comments in relation to this review, either directly to ACM, or via APMA.