Department of Health

Midwives – approval to administer pethidine or morphine

Pursuant to regulation 161, the Secretary has approved the following:  

A midwife

The Secretary has given approval in general for a midwife registered under Health Practitioner Regulation National Law employed at a hospital to possess and administer to a pregnant woman in labour, in an emergency if unable to contact a medical practitioner, a single dose of morphine or pethidine if such practice is in accordance with the written instructions of the medical practitioner under whose care the patient is, provided that the practice has been approved by the governing body of the hospital concerned or a committee to which the responsibility has been delegated by the governing body.

    Reviewed 08 October 2015


    Contact details

    Postal address: Medicines and Poisons Regulation Department of Health GPO Box 4057 Melbourne VIC 3001

    Medicines and Poisons Regulation Department of Health

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