Mō Te Kaupapa Whakawhānau o Aotearoa // About the Aotearoa Midwifery Project

Te Kaupapa o Te Kaupapa // Purpose of the Project

The purpose of the Aotearoa Midwifery Project is to steer an evidence-based review of:

  • the scope of practice of a midwife
  • the competencies for entry to the register of midwives
  • pre-registration standards for midwifery education.
  • introduce key alignments with legislative changes relevant to midwifery practice

The Project will develop an effective and efficient regulatory framework to protect the health and safety of wāhine, their pēpi and whānau in Aotearoa for the Council to consider.


Nahea tātau e mahi ai // How we will work

Moving from Treaty rhetoric to the Treaty in action

The Midwifery Council has established the Aotearoa Midwifery Reference Group to expertly guide the Council’s review of the regulatory framework by enabling ways of working together to make a difference. This includes:

Providing midwifery expertise that focuses on improved outcomes for wāhine, their pēpi and whānau.

  • Contributing information, ideas and networks to support the successful implementation of the Aotearoa Midwifery Project.
  • Guiding the development of revised amendments to the midwifery regulatory framework and implications for recertification and preregistration education for the midwifery profession across the next five to ten years.

The full complement of the Reference Group is still being worked through, but the majority of appointments have been finalised, made up of a cross-section of midwives and consumers. The Council supports a Treaty-led approach to the review process and the Reference Group Co-chairs, Dr Hope Tupara and Dr Judith McAra Couper, are confident midwifery is ready to pave a co-design approach that deliberately moves from Treaty rhetoric to the Treaty in action. 


Wahanga Kaupapa // Project phases

The Reference Group will be meeting monthly as soon as the final appointments have been made by the end of May 2020. Covid-19 means the group will initially begin working remotely, please check back regularly for updates and for more details about the consultation process which will be finalised when the group begins meeting.