There are a range of programs and initiatives to support public health services and maternity providers.
$5 Million has been committed over four years to enhance rural midwifery clinical supervision and rural maternity services by:
The activities funded will differ across sites and across years, dependant on demand and local drivers. Current activities include:
The Maternity connect program (MCP) has been developed to help rural health services continue to deliver quality maternity services in their local communities.
Through the MCP, rural health services will be able to arrange for their midwives to work for a planned period of time in another health service to ensure their workforce has the skills required.
The MCP will help rural midwives develop and maintain their skills and knowledge, and ensure the women in their local communities continue to receive quality maternity care.
Western Health is operating the program on behalf of the Department of Health. For more information go to: http://www.wh.org.au/Education_and_Training/Maternity_Connect_Program/index.aspx
The department has funded the development of a framework for use by Victorian public hospitals that are considering a private practice midwifery model. The framework will provide guidance on the appropriate mechanisms to consider, implement or review collaborative arrangements with Eligible Midwives (EMs) providing midwifery care to women who are admitted privately and seeking to birth in hospital under the care of the EM.
The draft of the framework developed by the 3Centres Collaboration is currently being reviewed by the department.
To find out more about this work, go to:
The Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Amendment (Supply by Midwives Midwife) Act 2012 amends the Drugs, Poisons and Controlled Substances Act 1981 to provide a mechanism for suitably qualified and authorised registered midwives to prescribe scheduled medicines.
A FAQ is being developed to help answer some of the questions regarding the amendments to the Act and the ministerial approved list of drugs for endorsed midwives. This will be available on the website soon.
To find your copy of the Act go to: www.legislation.vic.gov.au
The list of scheduled medicines for use and supply by endorsed midwives has been approved by the Minister for Health and published in the Victoria Government Gazette No. S 410 Friday 20 November 2012
For more information on the approved list go to: http://www.gazette.vic.gov.au/gazette/Gazettes2012/GG2012S410.pdf#page=1
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December 28, 2012
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