Medicare-funded midwifery care: What you need to know

I am an eligible midwife. This means that my private patients can claim some of the cost of private midwifery care, much the same way we do when we see a GP. As well as Medicare benefits, some private health funds will provide benefits for childbirth education with a midwife, and costs may also be claimed through tax as a medical expense (more on that one from your Accountant). Medicare benefits and tax benefits combined are between $2,500 and $3,300. This means that care with an eligible midwife will be up to $3,300 cheaper than care with a non-eligible private midwife. What is a Medicare-Eligible Midwife?

In order to claim Medicare benefits from care with your midwife, you will need to ensure that your midwife is eligible. An eligible midwife meets certain advanced requirements of a registration standard:

  • 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);
  • Pregnancy care:

    45-60 minute consultations in your home or in my clinic

  • Childbirth education
  • Continuity of carer
  • Medicare benefits
  • Obstetric back-up
  • Birth in hospital - or at home

    Continue your care with the same midwife you know and trust, with specialist obstetric back-up readily available

    Postnatal care

  • Consultations in your home and / or my rooms
  • Medicare benefits
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