The ACM advocates for midwives by:
Actively promoting midwifery in the media and the community
- Lobbying federal and state governments
- Representing midwives interests on all major policy committees
- Preparing submissions to relevant government inquiries
- Collaborating with other health professionals.
We support midwives’ professional development through:
- Setting national education standards
- Assisting midwives to plan for, participate in, document and reflect on relevant continuing professional development through enrolment in the MidPLUS program for midwives
- Offering all midwives the opportunity to participate in supported peer review via the Midwifery Practice Review Program
- Organising national and state conferences where midwives can hear the latest research and network with colleagues
- Facilitating local workshops and seminars
- Providing professional practice tools and publications
The current ACM Strategic Plan can be found here
The ACM is also the governing body for the Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) in Australia. BFHI was developed jointly by the World Health Organisation and UNICEF in 1991. The initiative is a global effort for improving infant health by supporting mothers to breastfeed their babies and removing impediments from the health care environment that are known to negatively impact breastfeeding success. BFHI was introduced in Australia in 1993 and has been governed by the ACM since 1995. The BFHI Strategic Plan 2012-2017 was developed by the BFHI Advisory Committee in consultation with the wider BFHI community. More information about the Baby Friendly Health Initiative in Australia can be found on the BFHI dedicated website here.
New! ACM Annual Report 2011/2012
For further information about recent activities and achievements, please see the Annual Report 2011/2012 here.