Nurses and midwives must be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA), and meet the NMBA's professional standards in order to practise in Australia.
Professional standards define the practice and behaviour of nurses and midwives and include:
From 1 March 2018, the International Council of Nurses Code of ethics for nurses will take effect for all nurses in Australia and the International Confederation of Midwives Code of ethics for midwives will take effect for all midwives in Australia. These documents will replace the Code of ethics for nurses - August 2008 and the Code of ethics for midwives - August 2008. For more information please see the news item.
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