|Title:||Resources to support Health Services facilitate Access and Credentialing for Eligible Midwives|
|Document ID:||Information Circular IC 0181/14|
|Date of issue:||Thursday, 13 March 2014|
|Description:||Resources have been to developed to support the implementation of Access and Credentialing for Eligible Midwives in WA Health maternity units. The resources are intended to complement the Statewide Access Agreement for Eligible Midwives and the Credentialing and Defining Scope of Clinical Practice for Health Professionals (Nursing and Midwifery) Ė A Policy handbook.|
|Applicable to:||All WA Health Services|
|Period of effect:||from 12 February 2014 to 13 February 2017|
|Review date:||2 January 2017|
|Authorised by:||Professor Tarun Weeramanthri, Executive Director, Public Health and Clinical Services Division, 14-Feb-2014|
|Print version:||View print version|
Resources to support Health Services facilitate Access and Credentialing for Eligible Midwives
WA Health aims to develop, deliver and provide maternal and newborn services that are safe, integrated, effective, and responsive to the individual needs of women and their babies.
The National Maternity Services Plan endorsed by Australian Health Ministers in November 2010 has a number of recommendations that promote continuity of midwifery care and access of midwives providing these models into hospitals and health services.
Element 1.2.2 of the National Maternity Services Plan recommends: - Jurisdictions develop consistent approaches to the provision of clinical privileges within public maternity services, to enable admitting and practice rights for eligible midwives and medical practitioners.
WA Health has progressed this action with the development of a State-wide Access Agreement for Eligible Midwives (2013) and the Credentialing and Defining Scope of Clinical Practice for Health Professionals (Nursing and Midwifery) in WA Health Services – A Policy Handbook (2014). Health Services are required to implement these directives. To support Health Services achieve this a number of resources have been developed, including a FAQ sheet for Health Services, Antenatal and Postnatal care pathways, and intrapartum care pathway (as attached). Additionally a consumer FAQ sheet has been developed which can be viewed at http://www.cmwa.net.au
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
Principal Midwifery Advisor
Professor Tarun Weeramanthri
This circular last updated: Thursday, 13 March 2014 at 1:54pm