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Professional Standards

Professional standards define the professional knowledge, skills and behaviour expected of health practitioners.  The purpose of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 (HPCA Act) is to protect the health and safety of members of the public by providing mechanisms to ensure that health practitioners are competent and fit to practise their professions.

The midwifery scope of practice statement is the legally gazetted statement that articulates the role and work of the midwife. This statement clearly states that a key function of a midwife is support for women under their care.

This section of the website provides information about midwifery qualifications, education and practice requirements. It also describes the Council’s processes for addressing issues relating to midwives’ competence, conduct and ill-health and what consumers and other health practitioners can do when they have concerns about a midwife.