From time to time, the Council consults on issues relating to midwifery regulation.
Draft Naming Policy
One of the April 2019 amendments to the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCAA) was to require all regulatory authorities to have a naming policy.
The Midwifery Council's draft naming policy has been developed in accordance with section 157B of the HPCAA, which states that the purpose of the naming policy is to:
• enhance public confidence in midwives by providing transparency about the Council’s disciplinary procedures and decision-making processes; and
• ensure that midwives whose conduct has not met expected standards may be named where it is in the public interest to do so; and
• improve the safety and quality of health care.
This draft policy has been reviewed by and been amended as a result of feedback from a law firm, the Health and Disability Commissioner, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner and the Ministry of Health. Following this round of consultation with the maternity sector and other stakeholders, it will be further revised as necessary and finalised at the Council’s March meeting, to be in place by the required date of 11 April 2020.
Submissions on the draft naming policy close on Wednesday 15 January 2020.
The Council recently consulted on proposed adjustments to the Midwifery Council’s fees. Consultation closed on 20 November 2019
Invitation for feedback was sent by email to 3996 midwives and the proposal was published on the Midwifery Council website. Feedback was received from 15 individuals and organisations (including 1 DHB, 1 School of Midwifery and the College of Midwives), which constitutes a less than 0.5% response rate, and was considered by the Council on Tuesday, 26th November 2019.
The Council made some changes to the proposed fees as a result of the feedback. You can see these in the consultation feedback document. The other fees remain the same as set out in the consultation paper. The approved fees will be gazetted this month and will come into effect in January 2020.
You can find the initial consultation document here.
Standards for approval of pre-registration midwifery education programmes
The Midwifery Council recently consulted on amendments to the Standards for approval of pre-registration midwifery education programmes and accreditation of tertiary education organisations. Consultation closed on 7 June 2019.
Feedback was received from 14 stakeholders, including the four schools of midwifery, a number of DHBs and some individuals. An analysis of the feedback may be viewed here. Changes being made to the standards are consistent with the Council's rationale for the proposed changes and are aligned with the feedback received.
The Midwifery Council Proposed 2018/19 APC fee consultation closed on 3 January 2018.
The Council recently sought feedback from stakeholders on a proposal to increase the Annual Practising Certificate fee for the first time since December 2006. Feedback was received from 38 stakeholders. An analysis of the consultation feedback and the Council's decision to increase the APC fee for 2018/19 may be downloaded here.
The Midwifery Council (Fees) Notice 2018 has been published in the NZ Gazette on 11 January and takes effect from 8 February 2018.
Recertification Programme Consultation 2016
The Midwifery Council Recertification Programme consultation closed on 7th June 2016