There are ongoing challenges to address regarding midwifery and maternity services in rural and remote Australia requiring the active involvement of the Australian College of Midwives (the College). The Rural and Remote Advisory Committee (RRAC) provides advice and recommendations to the College on these matters.
The Rural and Remote Advisory Committee's role is to:
- Provide expert advice to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian College of Midwives (College) on matters related to rural and remote maternity care;
- Provide expert advice and support to the CEO on ways in which to utilise national/international policies and developments in midwifery to assist with the ongoing development of midwifery education in rural and remote Australia;
- Make recommendations about ways in which the College can effectively contribute to the ongoing development of midwifery in rural and remote Australia;
- Undertake specified tasks or projects as requested by the CEO from time to time, such as drafting College policies, and other relevant projects relating to rural and remote issues;
- Represent the College as either individuals or as a group when requested to do so by the CEO in matters of relevance for rural and remote midwifery as resources permit;
- Liaise with various national and international midwifery 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 rural and remote issues as necessary;
- Liaise with any other College Committee through the Chair as matters arise;
- 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.