The AMA welcomes the Government's introduction of new regulations that require midwives ... to collaborate with medical practitioners in order to provide Medicare-funded services to patients or prescribe them medications under the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS).
AMA President, Dr Andrew Pesce, said today that the new arrangements would provide a safer higher standard of care for patients.
... "There is now a requirement for midwives ... to establish collaborative arrangements with a medical practitioner in order for the service to attract a Medicare patient rebate or PBS benefit.
And that's the problem: midwives are required to establish collaborative agreements, but obstetricians do not have to collaborate with the midwife. And there are fears that if the midwife does not work according to the obstetrician's protocols, the agreement will be revoked. this does nothing to establish midwifery as a profession in its on right.
... "Evidence shows that patients enjoy better health outcomes when they receive coordinated, continuous, and comprehensive care that is delivered by appropriately trained health professionals," Dr Pesce said.