Members would be aware of the MBS Review being undertaken by the Minister of Health – the first major review of the MBS schedule in 30 years. Obstetrics had been identified as one of the first areas of practice to be reviewed. While it is unlikely that there will be any substantive increases in MBS benefits, it may be possible to restructure some items with a view to improved patient outcomes and optimal utilisation of limited resources. The Consultation Paper released by the MBS Review Taskforce and the online feedback tool are available online, with the consultation process closing 9 November 2015.
Homebirth Midwifery Standards
The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) has been contracted by Queensland Health to develop a Midwifery Practice Scheme (MPS). As part of this project, the ACM Birth at Home Midwifery Practice Standards, Transfer from Planned Birth at Home Guidelines, and Requirements for Membership of the MPS are being developed. The College will be submitting feedback on these documents but individuals who wish to contribute to the consultation can do so here.
If you are approached by a trainee to participate in a Workplace Based Assessment you need to be approved by the trainee's Training Supervisor prior to undertaking the activity. For Diploma and Diploma Advanced trainees your qualifications must be equal to, or above, that of the trainee's current training program i.e., you must hold the Diploma or above to conduct the assessment for a candidate who is in the Diploma Training Program or hold the Diploma Advanced or above to conduct the assessment for a candidate who is in the Diploma Advanced Training Program. Only the designated Training Mentor can conduct Workplace Based Assessments for their Certificate of Women's Health trainees.
Training Supervisors will have a list of approved Assessors (and the qualification level at which they can conduct Workplace Based Assessments), which will be updated each calendar year.
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