I am honoured to be Co-chair of the Aotearoa Midwifery Project Reference Group to assist the Midwifery Council update and modernise the regulatory framework. I was a member of the inaugural Midwifery Council in 2003, and I can remember while developing regulation back then, it was a very exciting time. In 2020, it is exciting again for some different reasons, one being the Midwifery Council is adopting a Treaty of Waitangi-led co-design approach for the Review. I have often heard experts wiser than me say, if we get the Treaty-led relationship right, we will get “equity for all” right. The collaborative pathway being developed for the Aotearoa Midwifery Project is a positive sign of great things to come and I look forward to what lies ahead.
I have confidence that together alongside our professional and affiliated organisations, midwives, women and families/whānau, we will be measured and create a transformative framework fit for the future.