Tribunal cancels midwife's registration for false renewal declarations

24 Oct 2019

A tribunal has cancelled a midwife’s registration, after she made false declarations about meeting the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA) Recency of practice registration standard.

On 8 April 2019, the State Administrative Tribunal of Western Australia (tribunal) found Ms Joy Jones’ registration as a midwife had been improperly obtained via false declarations regarding recency of practice and that by making these declarations she engaged in professional misconduct.

Each year from 2012 to 2017 inclusive, Ms Jones declared when renewing her midwifery registration that she met NMBA recency of practice requirements when she knew, or should have known, that those declarations were false. The NMBA renewed Ms Jones’ registration as a midwife each year based on her false declarations.

Ms Jones admitted that she behaved in a way that constitutes professional misconduct.

The tribunal reprimanded Ms Jones, cancelled her registration as a midwife and ordered her to pay a contribution of $1,350 towards the NMBA’s costs.

The decision is published on the tribunal website.

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