In order to claim Medicare benefits from care with your midwife, you will need to ensure that your midwife is Medicare Eligible. A Medicare-Eligible Midwife meets certain advanced requirements:
Current general registration as a midwife in Australia with no restrictions on practice;
Midwifery experience that constitutes the equivalent of 3 years full time post initial registration as a midwife;
Current competence to provide pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal care to women and babies;
Successful completion of an approved professional practice review program for midwives working across the continuum of midwifery care;
40 hours per year of continuing professional development relating to the continuum of midwifery care (20 hours in addition to standard requirements);
Formal undertaking to complete an accredited and approved program of study to develop midwives’ knowledge and skills in prescribing within 18 months.
Essential Birth Consulting provides a high standard of care to women and babies and a Medicare Eligible private midwifery practice. Clients of Medicare-eligible midwives are able to claim Medicare benefits for midwifery services and are able to have their midwife order and interpret tests, and in the future, prescribe, supply and administer medications.
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