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Clinical Care Guidelines
Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care


This body of work has been identified as a priority area in the Commission’s 2013-16 work plan as approved by Health Ministers in 2013. The Commission established the Clinical Care Standards program to support clinical experts and consumers develop Clinical Care Standards on health conditions that would benefit from a national coordinated approach.


This is in recognition that:

- appropriateness of clinical care is a major focus in improving the quality of health care provision

- a gap between what we know and what we do exists

- unwarranted variation is variation in care that is not explained by the clinical circumstances or personal choices of the patient.

- unwarranted variation in care occurs in all countries when there is:

        - overuse of treatments or procedures that do not help people get better;

        - underuse of care that we know can help; or

        - misuse (or errors) of doing something incorrectly and harming people.


The guidelines can be accessed here.



Clinical Practice Guidelines - Antenatal Care Module 1
Australian Government Department of Health


The Guidelines have been endorsed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).  The purpose of the Guidelines is to provide evidence-based advice on the care of pregnant women in a range of settings.

Module I has a specific chapter on Antenatal care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women.


For further information about Module 1, please click here 


Download Module 1 - Antenatal Care


Caesarean Section
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

These evidence based guidelines have been developed by the European based National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to help ensure consistency of quality of care experienced by women having a cesarean. It provides evidence based information for health care professionals and women about:

  • the risks and benefits of CS
  • certain specific indications for CS
  • effective management strategies which avoid CS
  • anaesthetic and surgical aspects of care
  • interventions to reduce morbidity from CS and
  • aspects of organisation and environment which affect CS rates.

The Australian College of Midwives endorses these guidelines.

Download guidelines here



National clinical guidelines for the management of drug use during pregnancy, birth and the early development years of the newborn
NSW Health

These nationally agreed clinical guidelines are intended to support a range of health care workers who care for pregnant women with drug and alcohol use issues, and their infants and families. The guidelines are based on the best currently available evidence, developed through a rigorous process in which international and Australian research literature was reviewed by experts and consensus achieved.

Download guidelines here



National Consensus Framework for Rural Maternity Services

This Framework has been developed to fill a growing need to guide policy and planning for sustainable rural maternity services across Australia. The need for such a Framework is demonstrated by community and professional concern about the ongoing closure of rural birthing services. However, until now, there was no set of agreed principles that communities, service providers, decision makers and funders could use to work together to ensure safe, evidence based maternity care for the third of Australian mothers who live outside major cities.

Download framework here




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ACM publications - guidelines

Professional Guidelines

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