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Australian College of Midwives
National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation & Referral
3rd Edition

NEW! Issue 2 - released 23 Feb 2015

 The ACM Consultation and Referral Guidelines have been endorsed by State and Territory governments, are embedded in practice at every level, and are used extensively from private practising midwives through to medical consultants at tertiary hospitals. Issue 2 contains some additional indicators, some have been moved and some have been modified.

Endorsed by Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG).

This edition is available as a smart, compact and durable spiral-bound book for $24.75 (GST Inc). Order your copy.



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Related publications FREE to download:

Appendix B Record of Understanding



If you are an ACM member, you can download the guidelines as a FREE e-bookInstitutional Licences are also available - please email us at finance@midwives.org.au for more information.


Clinical Practice Guidelines - Antenatal Care Module 1


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 Clinical Excellence

These evidence based guidelines have been developed by the European based National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) to help ensure consistency of quality of care experienced by women having a CS. 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

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.

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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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