Allison Cummins ~ Supporting midwives to provide quality maternity care.
I have been a practising midwife for over 25 years and a midwifery educator for the past 13 years. I have worked in both the clinical (public and private) and tertiary settings. My professional experience has provided me with a unique understanding of the needs of midwives.
In the role as Director on the Australian College of Midwives (ACM) Board I will represent the needs of midwives whilst working in accordance with the vision and mission of the college. The ACM vision is to enable women to be strong and confident and the mission is to position midwifery as the primary profession for quality maternity care. The ACM can only achieve these goals through supporting midwives.
As a member of the board I will advocate for support programs to be provided by the ACM. Too often midwives feel unsupported with their work interfering with their professional and personal life. The introduction of formalised mentoring programs, peer support groups and counseling services by midwives for midwives and midwifery students will enhance the profession. Services would be online, via the telephone or face-‐to-‐face and include information about legal and professional practice to address fears about litigation.
The ACM has members with extensive skills, knowledge and talents. My vision is for the ACM to utilise these attributes and reward contributing midwives with continuing professional development (CPD) points. These services should be to all midwives, including new graduates, experienced midwives who are changing jobs/roles, midwives providing continuity of care, midwifery managers, midwifery educators, those in rural or remote areas and midwives returning to work following maternity leave in both the public and private sector. My role as Director would be to advocate support for midwives and enhance our profession in accordance with the ACM vision and mission.