20 Feb 2017
A former midwife and registered nurse has been reprimanded and disqualified from applying for registration for 18 months for professional misconduct concerning a homebirth.
The State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia (the tribunal) found Ms Theresa Clifford guilty of professional misconduct in relation to a number of failures in her care of a patient, including failure to practise in accordance with the National midwifery guidelines for consultation and referral.
In 2011, the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) took immediate action and imposed conditions on Ms Clifford’s registration which restricted her to only working in secondary or tertiary maternity facilities (i.e. prevented her from assisting with homebirths).
Ms Clifford subsequently surrendered her midwifery registration in 2011, and has not been registered as a nurse or midwife since 2011.
In 2015, the Coroner completed a related investigation. The NMBA subsequently referred the matter to tribunal in July 2016.
The tribunal found that Ms Clifford:
The tribunal reprimanded Ms Clifford and disqualified her from applying for registration for 18 months.
The reasons for the decision have been published on the tribunal’s website.