Implementation of Private Access Model for Midwives
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From January 1 2011, the National Maternity Services Plan came into effect. The Plan, which was endorsed by Australian Health Ministers in December 2010, contains four priority areas- Access, Service delivery, Workforce and Infrastructure.
Action 1.2 of the plan - Increase access for Australian women and their family members to local maternity care by expanding the range of models of care contains the following element: - 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.
This has yet to happen in WA and denies women and their families the right to utilize their private health insurance and receive their entitlement to a medicare rebate for their birth with a private midwife.
We demand the implementation of this model of care, for all women that choose to engage a private midwife as their primary care provider, regardless of their risk. Any other incarnation of this model is not effective.
Other Australian states have successfully implemented this private midwifery model, with research clearly demonstrating improved outcomes and increased satisfaction for women and babies.
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