Communications between the Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (AHWMC) and the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) are provided below.
Provision extended to 30 June 2015 for eligible midwives
13 August 2013
The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council) has approved an extension to 30 June 2015 of the provision in the Eligible midwife registration standard for an applicant seeking notation as an eligible midwife.
The following is a letter dated 31 July 2013 from the Ministerial Council:
PII exemption extended to 30 June 2015 for midwives in private practice
5 July 2013
The Australian Health Workforce Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council) has extended a transitional provision under section 284 of the National Law to 30 June 2015 for midwives in private practice providing intrapartum care for women who choose to homebirth.
This provision exempts those midwives in private practice who provide services for women in a home birth setting from requiring professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover for the intrapartum period. It is still a requirement that these midwives in private practice have insurance for both the antenatal and postpartum periods of a birth.
Under section 245(3) of the National Law, the new regulation must be published by the Victorian Government Printer. This occurred on Thursday 20 June 2013. The following are documents related to the PII exemption for privately practising midwives: