Consumer Advisory Committee

The Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) provides advice and recommendations to the College from a consumer perspective regarding delivery of maternity services in Australia.

The Consumer Advisory Committee's role is to:

  • support the College to work in partnership with consumers and consumer organisations;
  • provide expert advice to the College (including the Board) via Chief Executive Officer (CEO)on matters related to consumers of midwifery care and maternity services;
  • identify the needs of consumers and bring these to the attention of the College;
  • provide expert advice and support to the CEO on ways in which to utilise national/international policies and developments in midwifery practice to assist with the ongoing development of midwifery in Australia, from a consumer perspective;
  • make recommendations from a consumer perspective about ways in which the College can effectively contribute to the ongoing development of midwifery practice and high quality, safe maternity care in Australia;
  • indertake specified tasks or projects as requested by the CEO from time to time, such as drafting College policies, responding to external consultations, other relevant projects relating to midwifery practice, from a consumer perspective;
  • represent the College as either individuals or as a group when requested to do so by the CEO in matters of relevance for consumers and as resources permit;
  • liaise with various national and international organisations and individuals on behalf of the College when requested to do so by the CEO;
  • provide input to the CEO on the selection of experts to represent the College on national/international committees relating to consumers as necessary;
  • liaise with any other College committee through the Chair as matters arise;
  • assist with communicating College activities to consumers and consumer organisations;
  • provide representation on maternity consumer groups; and
  • carry out the responsibilities/role in a culturally-safe manner, demonstrating respect and understanding of the wide variety of cultural beliefs and practices members may come across during their time on this committee.

Contact the Committee

admin@midwives.org.au