Media Centre

From time to time, the Midwifery Council issues media statements on matters that affect the profession.  For any media enquiries, please contact media advisor Leigh Bredenkamp.

For the latest information on other issues please access News in the drop down box.

Understanding workforce issues

The Midwifery Council is closely monitoring the recent media coverage regarding midwifery.

Chair of the Midwifery Council, Christina Mallon, says: “Our first priority is...

Council has new Chair and Deputy Chair

At its first meeting of the year, the Council elected as its new Chair Chris Mallon and as new Deputy Chair Kerry Adams. Chris is currently Director of Midwifery at the Hutt...

Prescribing alerts for tramadol and antiepileptic medication

The Council has just received alerts from ACC/the Health Quality and Safety Commission on the prescribing of antiepileptic medications, and from Medsafe on the use of tramadol...

New Midwifery Council member appointed

The Midwifery Council is delighted to welcome new member Debbie Fawcett RM

Debbie was appointed to the Council in June 2017. She has been a midwife for over 20 years and is...

Media statement released by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand regarding media coverage of midwifery shortages

The Council has been closely following media coverage of safe staffing levels within the Midwifery workforce at District Health Boards.

Deputy Registrar of the Midwifery...

Prestigious international appointment for ex Council chair

The International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), based in The Hague, has announced that Sally Pairman, the first Chair of the Midwifery Council and three term member, has...

E te whaea e Mina Timutimu kua hinga koe (our loved and respected mother Mina has fallen)

Early last week, the Council received the news that founding Council member and beloved kuia of New Zealand midwifery Mina Timutimu was gravely ill and then shortly afterwards,...

Reassurance over safety of NZ maternity care

The Ministry of Health, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the College of Midwives have released a joint statement to...

Council responds to research paper on retrospective birth outcomes

A research paper was released in late September entitled: ‘A Comparison of Midwife-Led and Medical-Led Models of Care and Their Relationship to Adverse Fetal and Neonatal...

Free cultural competency training online

From September, Non-Governmental Organisations providing health and disability services funded by the Ministry of Health or District Health Board across New Zealand will be...

Workforce Data

Having robust data about the midwifery workforce is a first step for the Government and the Council in developing workforce strategies. Each year the Midwifery Council surveys...

Past Council member honoured

Much loved and respected midwife and kuia Mina Timutimu was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit in the New year’s honours list. Mina was appointed as a foundation member...