Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Changes to midwifery in Australia

I have to confess that I haven't really been following the latest news in Australia too closely, but I am aware that there are very positive and exciting national changes afoot that will give midwives a greater degree of autonomy.

Midwives will be able to provide continuity of care and be paid by the government in the same way GPs are paid. However, midwives will not be able to access insurance in order to be to provide homebirth, which in effect rules it out as a choice of care for women in Australia.

What I am finding interesting is the way that organisations like Homebirth Australia is utilizing social media to lobby for change ie over-rule this draconian attitude to homebirth. At the moment, there is an active campaign being run in Facebook. It will be interesting to see how effective this mode of campaigning is.

For more information about maternity services in Australia, I recommend you talk to midwives such as infomidwife, Lisa Barrett or Carolyn Hastie.

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1 comment:

InfoMidwife said...

Hi Sarah,

Yes these changes are causing great debate - lots of changes coming from 2010. We do have to lobby the government about homebirth otherwise we are in for a very rocky time. the good news is receiving a medicare provider number which is a step in the right direction. However most important is to allow women to have informed choice about the place they choose to birth and this should include homebirth.