Extension of PII exemption for privately practising midwives

 

23 December 2021

The Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) has been advised by the Ministerial Council of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency that they have extended the transition period for the professional indemnity insurance (PII) exemption for privately practising midwives (PPMs) until 31 December 2023. 

“This is much welcomed news for privately practicing midwives who need access to these exemptions so their focus can be solely on delivering much needed support and health care to expectant mothers,” said ANMF (SA Branch) CEO/Secretary Adjunct Associate Professor Elizabeth Dabars AM. 

The extension of the transition period was necessary while additional work is undertaken to inform Ministers’ decision about the way forward for insurance arrangements for PPMs. 

The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Amendment (Professional Indemnity Insurance) Regulation 2021 which sets out the amendment to the transition period in relation to PII arrangements for PPMs is available on the Victorian legislation website here.

To be eligible for the exemption from requiring PII, PPMs must meet the requirements of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia’s (NMBA) Safety and quality guidelines for privately practising midwives (guidelines) when providing intrapartum care for homebirths. The guidelines also apply to PPMs who provide care in discrete areas such as postnatal care, antenatal care and/or specialist lactation services.

The guidelines protect the public by articulating a robust regulatory framework to support the safe, professional practice of PPMs. The Guidelines provide PPMs with current, evidence-informed regulatory information to enhance the provision of safe, high-quality care, facilitate workforce flexibility and improve access to midwifery services.  

The guidelines are available on the Guidelines section of the NMBA website.