An update on changes at ACM and our response to COVID-19

Throughout the Covid-19 crisis, ACM are working with midwives, women, government, universities, health services and other stakeholders to provide comprehensive support across all aspects of maternity service delivery – with a focus on midwives.

Midwives are essential health workers providing vital services to the community.  Pregnancy, birth and postnatal care does not end with a crisis, it becomes more important.  We are working to ensure that all women continue to have accessible, safe and affordable maternity care and that midwives are well informed and supported to undertake that care provision in appropriate settings.

We are making sure you have the most up to date information and guidance that is underpinned by the best available evidence, related to both you and the women for who you provide care.

We continue to work with Government and employers to ensure that maternity services are properly resourced, that our future workforce is protected and ongoing training is facilitated where safe and appropriate to do so, that the desires of women in regards to safe locations of maternity care are realised and that there are adequate provisions in place to provide support, training or supervision for midwives who may choose to return to the workforce during this emergency health response.

There are additional resources available from the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM)

If you are confirmed to have Covid-19, or have had contact with a known, or suspected case of Covid-19, you should take all necessary precautions to protect yourself, and others, including medical assessment and isolation.

You are a valued member of our profession and the ACM family. Being a midwife does not make you immune to the stress and anxiety that the whole community is experiencing. In fact, we may be more vulnerable. Accepting this and seeking help is reasonable, sensible and important. Look out for each other and seek help if you need it.

If you would like to speak to someone outside the ACM for support we encourage you to access Nurse & Midwife Support (specialists in mental health and wellbeing or nurses and midwives) on 1800 667 877. You may also wish to head over to their website where they have a number of resources and tips to staying healthy through this health crisis. In addition, BeyondBlue has been funded by the Australian Government to provide a dedicated Corona Virus support service that is available around the clock to support the mental health and wellbeing of Australians throughout the pandemic.

Should you have any queries or feedback please feel free to contact us at admin@midwives.org.au or ceo@midwives.org.au