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Practice issues

From time to time Coucil publishes statements or papers relating to issues affecting midwifery.

In 2014 changes occurred to legislation which impact on midwives' ability to prescribe controlled drugs.  This presentation provides information on the Medicines Amendment Act 2013 and the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Regulations 2014 and how they will impact on midwifery practice.

The Council's statement on the prescription of controlled medicines by midwives can be found here. Further information on prescribing.

  • Recertification Steering Group - names of those appointed to sit on this committee.
  • Expressions of interest for Mentors for internationally qualified midwives including guidelines and personal specifications for those interested. Please contact Sharron Cole or Sue Calvert for more information.
  • South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers Alliance meets every two years and brings togethersenior regulators, edcuators and practitioners to discuss and plan effective programmes for south Pacific countries.
  • A statement from the Department of Internal Affairs about increasing early and correct birth registrations.
  • Guidelines on transmissible major blood borne infections.
  • Helpful articles about ways to improve the working relationship between midwives and pharmacists and script writing.
  • The ACC Neonatal Encephalopathy Taskforce has been working on a long term strategy to reduce the number of NE cases in New Zealand by targeting avoidable neonatal encephalopathy. The Taskforce’s first newsletter gives information about its composition, strategy and initiatives and details on regional workshops.

Children’s worker safety checking

From 1 July 2015 new government safety checking regulations required under the Vulnerable Children’s Act (2014) came into effect. Midwives and student midwives are subject to the safety checking requirements.

Full details of the safety checking and child protection policy requirements can be found on the Ministry of Health website or by clicking here.

While many employed midwives and students will have this checking process completed through their employer or place of education, the Ministry of Health has contracted CV Check (NZ) Ltd to carry out safety checks for Lead Maternity Carer midwives funded under the Section 88 Primary Maternity Notice.  A fact sheet and link to CV Check (NZ) Ltd can also be found on the Ministry website. 

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In 2014 changes occurred to legislation which impact on midwives' ability to prescribe controlled drugs.  This presentation provides information on the Medicines Amendment Act 2013 and the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Regulations 2014 and how they will impact on midwifery practice.

The Council's statement on the prescription of controlled medicines by midwives can be found here. Further information...

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