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The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) undertakes functions as set by the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). The NMBA regulates the practice of nursing and midwifery in Australia, and one of its key roles is to protect the public. The NMBA does this by developing registration standards, professional codes, guidelines and standards for practice which together establish the requirements for the professional and safe practice of nurses and midwives in Australia.
This guide supplements the Registration standard: Endorsement for scheduled medicines for midwives by providing further information about the requirements for midwives applying for an endorsement.
This guide applies to midwives and midwives with a notation and/or endorsement who are applying for, or maintaining an endorsement for scheduled medicines.
Midwives with an endorsement for scheduled medicines are regulated by the NMBA under section 94 of the National Law. The Registration standard: Endorsement for scheduled medicines for midwives states that a midwife seeking endorsement must be able to demonstrate all of the following:
Table 1: Evidence model for midwives applying for an endorsement for scheduled medicines
You are required to submit one copy of your portfolio (complete with certified copies). Please ensure you keep an original copy of your portfolio for your own record.
Please do not include original documents in your application as it is retained by the Board.
All official documents such as certificates, transcripts and statement of service (including those that support claims in the curriculum vitae), letters from employers must be certified copies.
Further information regarding the certifying of documents is available on the AHPRA website
Applicants are required to complete the AESM-40 Application for endorsement for scheduled medicines for midwives form, which is located on the NMBA website, and attach this to their application.
You may submit your application form and portfolio documents in person to the AHPRA office in your state or by mail to GPO Box 9958 in your capital city.
Ongoing endorsement is contingent upon the midwife meeting the NMBA’s requirements for renewal of registration annually. Under section 109 of the National Law, midwives are required to make an annual declaration that they have met the professional indemnity insurance and recency of practice requirements and completed the required continuing professional development.
Midwives with an endorsement for scheduled medicines need to demonstrate recency of practice at the level to retain their endorsement.
Privately practising midwives are required to demonstrate compliance with the NMBA’s Safety and quality guidelines for privately practising midwives.