Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia
Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia

Fact sheet: Explanatory note for applications for notation as an eligible midwife

Download a PDF copy of this Explanatory note (233 KB,PDF).

The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council) has approved an extension to 30 June 2015 of a provision in the Eligible midwife registration standard.

The Eligible midwife registration standard came into effect on 1 July 2010 following Ministerial Council approval and requires that an applicant seeking to be identified as an eligible midwife under section 38(2) of the National Law meets the following requirements:

  • current registration as a midwife in Australia
  • documented evidence of an equivalent of three (3) years full-time post-registration experience as a midwife and evidence of current competence to provide pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care, through professional practice review, and
  • hold an approved qualification, or have completed a program of study that is substantially equivalent to an approved qualification, or make a formal undertaking to complete an approved qualification within an 18 month period* to acquire the skills required to prescribe scheduled medicines.

*The provision for a ‘formal undertaking to complete within a period of time, as determined by the National Board, an accredited and approved program of study determined by the National Board to develop midwives’ knowledge and skills in prescribing, or a program that is substantially equivalent to such an approved program of study’ had an initial expiry date of 30 June 2013.

The National Board implemented interim arrangements to put on hold from 1 July 2013 new applications for notation as an eligible midwife, pending the Ministerial Council decision.

The date extension allows midwives to continue to apply and be assessed for the notation which gives them access to the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) and, therefore, allows them to order diagnostic tests for women in their care.

The eligible midwife will then be required to complete a National Board approved program of study in prescribing scheduled medicines within an 18 month period from the date of notation as an eligible midwife. Upon completion of the approved qualification, the eligible midwife should apply for the endorsement to prescribe scheduled medicines and access to the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).

Useful documents

The following documents are available under Registration standards on the National Board website:

  • Eligible midwife registration standard (now updated to reflect the new expiry date)
  • Registration standard for endorsement for scheduled medicines for midwives.

See also:

  • Media release on Eligible midwife registration standard
  • Ministerial Council letter to National Board regarding the Eligible midwife registration standard, available under Ministerial communication page on the National Board website.

For more information

  • Lodge an online enquiry form
  • For registration enquiries: 1300 419 495 (within Australia) +61 3 8708 9001 (overseas callers)
  • For media enquiries: (03) 8708 9200
Page reviewed 19/03/2014