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General Website Information & Help

What about my membership card and member number?

We no longer use member numbers or member cards. Please discard your member card as it is no longer valid, and no further cards will be issued. Please use your email address as your username to login to your Member Portal.

I have selected my Interest Groups but now I’d like to change them. How do I do that?

Visit the Interest Groups page. From here you can navigate to ‘Manage your Midwifery Interest Groups’ and ‘Manage your Regional Interest Groups’. To make a change to your interest groups, click ‘Manage Interest Groups’. Select the Interest Group you would like to add or remove and select ‘Join’ or ‘Leave this group’.

How do I access my resources?

Open your Member Portal and browse the menu on the lefthand side.

You will be able to see if there are any new resources available to you under 'Notifications' at the top.

For other resources look further down the menu under 'My Content': resources there will be categorised into relevant folders i.e. event resources or purchased resources.

How do I update or add my payment details?

Credit/debit card details

If your ACM membership fees are currently being deducted from a credit/debit card, you can update your details in your Member Portal. Once logged in, hover over the profile icon to reveal the drop-down menu then click on ‘Stored Credit Cards’. You can then follow the links to add/delete stored card details. When adding these details, the card details written in grey are given as an example only and can be written over by clicking within the box and entering your own card details.

Direct Debit

If your membership fees are being deducted as a direct debit from a bank account (i.e. you have supplied a BSB and Account Number), please contact us via email on members@midwives.org.au or call us on 1300 360 480 . Unfortunately bank account details cannot be added or changed online.

For more information about our recurring payment (i.e. Direct Debit and stored credit card) facilities and policies please see our Terms and Conditions. Note that a minimum membership duration of 12 months applies to all memberships. By opting to pay your membership using one of our recurring payment options, you understand, accept and commit to fulfill your obligations under those terms and conditions.

I am unable to login to my ACM account

Accessing your correct user account is critical. Accessing an incorrect or duplicate account can result in you not having access to your personal data such as discounts, event and course registrations, transaction history and more. ACM members can also access additional information via their correct user account.

If you are unable to login, please choose one of the options below:

1. I am not sure if I have an existing User Account

If you have previously attended one of our events, made an online purchase or have a lapsed ACM membership please do not create a new account. Simply contact us by phone or email so we can assist you in accessing your existing account.

2. I am a current ACM Member but have forgotten my password or have not logged in before

Your username is the email address you provided when you subscribed as an ACM member. If you know your username but can't remember your password, there are two ways you can request a new password:

  • You can click here: an email will be sent to your inbox by the system and you will be able to reset your password by following the recommended steps. Note that this process may take several days to complete
  • Alternatively, the easiest and quickest way to request a new password is to contact us directly on 02 9281 9522

If you have forgotten both your username and password, please contact us on 1300 360 480 so we can help you access your member account.

3. I have an existing User Account but I am unable to log in

Your username is the email address you provided when you created your account. If you know your username but can't remember your password, there are two ways you can request a new password:

  • You can click here: an email will be sent to your inbox by the system and you will be able to reset your password by following the recommended steps. Note that this process may take several days to complete
  • Alternatively, the easiest and quickest way to request a new password is to contact us directly on 1300 360 480

If you have forgotten both your username and password, please contact us on 1300 360 480 so we can help you access your user account.

4. I recently changed my email address

If you have recently changed employers, changed your email address or changed your name please contact us directly on 1300 360 480 to update your email address.

How can I get a copy of my invoice?

Go to your Member Portal. Look to the My Account menu on the lefthand side of your screen, click on ‘Transactions’ to see all previous transactions, and view invoices.

Career - Before applying

Who can become a midwife

I am a Registered Nurse and would like to become a midwife – how do I do that?

There are a number of pathways that registered nurses can undertake to register as midwives. These include completing a Bachelor in Midwifery (with some credit for Recognition of Prior Learning) or completing a Graduate Diploma or Masters degree in midwifery. These courses vary in time between 12-24 months. Each university may offer a slightly different approach but all courses that lead to registration as a midwife in Australia must meet the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council Accreditation standards. In some states, nurses can be employed by local hospitals as midwifery students and need to be enrolled at a university at the same time.

Do I have to be a nurse before I can become a midwife?

It is no longer necessary to be a nurse before becoming a midwife. You can become a midwife by achieving a Bachelor of Midwifery degree, otherwise known as 'direct-entry', which is usually a three-year full time course, although most universities offer part-time opportunities. There are a number of universities that also offer a combined Bachelor of Nursing / Bachelor of Midwifery (dual degree).

I am male - Can I become a midwife?

Yes, as long as you meet all the requirements of the midwifery program.

I live in rural or remote Australia - Can I work as a midwife if I am not a nurse?

Once you register as a midwife with a Bachelor of Midwifery degree you are legally entitled to work anywhere within your midwifery scope of practice. However, there are some hospitals and facilities, especially in rural and remote areas, that prefer that you have a nursing qualification in addition to a midwifery qualification.

Career - Applying

What do I need to know

Where can I go to find out what university offers what course?

The best place to look for accredited midwifery courses is the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency website that has a search facility that allows you to look for educational institutions that offer the relevant courses. You can also consult our lists of undergraduate and postgraduate courses available in Australia.

How do I know which is the best university to apply to?

Each university has its pros and cons which you must investigate and decide which best suits your circumstances.  For example, you might really like to go to University 1 because there is a lecturer that you really respect. However, you decide to go to University 2 because it offers part-time conditions that suit you better with a young family.

If you can, talk to the program coordinator and current students to get a feel for how the program runs. Also, talk to midwives who work with students to find out how they view the midwifery program from their perspective.

What should I ask when considering applying for a course:

Here are several questions that you may interested to ask:

  • Is the course all face-to-face or does it have online components?
  • Is the course offered to distance students?
  • What support does the university give midwifery students who want to be part time?
  • What support does the university give midwifery students if they find some aspects of the course difficult?
  • What support does the university give midwifery students who are Abotiginal or Torres Strait Islander?
  • Are there any scholarships offered by the university?
  • What happens if a midwifery student becomes sick or needs to take time off from the course for any reason?
  • What recognition for prior learning does the university offer, especially for midwifery students who are already nurses?
  • How many midwifery students are in the class?
  • What one-on-one support and guidance do midwifery students get, especially in the clinical setting?
  • How far does a midwifery student have to travel for clinical placements?
  • What books and equipment do midwifery students have to pay for?

How do I apply to be a Midwifery Student?

The avenue for applying to universities depends on the state or territory where you live and may involve applying through a general admissions centre rather than applying to the individual universities. For information about which is the appropriate state admissions centre, go to the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre. As well as going through the admissions process, you may also be asked to attend an interview. This requirement varies from university to university.

For further information about courses available in Australia, go here.

How much are the course fees?

Fees vary from university to university, but are roughly about $5,500-$6,500 per year for Commonwealth-supported students, including students accessing HECS-HELP. However, be mindful that fees increase every year.

What qualifications do I need?

You need to check the course requirements for the institution you are applying to. Places for midwifery education are very competitive so the higher the academic record you have, the greater a chance you will have of being accepted onto the program. At the same time, applying to become a midwife isn’t just about academic performance but also your motivation, understanding and commitment to being a midwife.

You may need a National Criminal History Record Check (NCHRC) and obtain a clearance, and may also need to provide an up-to-date first aid certificate. Some institutions may also require evidence that you have been screened for and vaccinated against specific infectious conditions – you will be informed by the institution what their pre-entry requirements are.

I live overseas and want to move to Australia to be a midwifery student. How do I do that?

Some universities accept international students into midwifery programs, and some do not. So the first thing you need to do is check with the university where you wish to apply. As well as all the usual requirements, you will also be required to demonstrate you have a high level of English language skills, both verbal and comprehension. You will also need to arrange an appropriate student visa. Finally, check what the international fees for your program will be – they can be extremely expensive for international students.

For more information and support, get in touch with the office for international students at the university that you are interested in applying to.

I left school years ago without any modern qualification; can I still apply to be a midwifery student?

There are a number of ways you can show you have the ability to become a mature-age midwifery student, including the Special Tertiary Admissions Test. Requirements do vary from university to university and state to state, so check with the university you want to attend for advice on how to apply as a mature-age student.

Career - Being a student of midwife

What does that mean

What does being a midwifery student involve?

Studying to become a midwife is challenging but rewarding. Not only do you have academic content to learn and assignments to complete, but you also have clinical requirements to meet which include hospital shifts, evening and weekend work, and being on-call for birthing women.

You have to be committed to the program and the women you work with – it is not like studying other academic degrees when you pick and choose what and when you study.  This can impact significantly on your life; from needing very flexible childcare to not being able to drink alcohol when you are on call. Your clinical and academic obligations, especially on call, can also impact on your ability to work part time while you are studying.

Do I have to be on call as a midwifery student?

One of the clinical requirements you will have to meet is being involved with ‘Continuity of Care’ women (following women through from pregnancy to birth and postnatal). This will include being on call when the women are due to birth their babies. The continuity of care component of your course is a big commitment but it will provide you with invaluable learning that will prepare you to work across the full scope of midwifery practice.

Can I have paid employment while I am studying?

Yes, you can but you must be careful you do not over-commit yourself, and find that you do not have enough time for your studies or clinical obligations. You also need to check the requirements about paid employment if you receive a scholarship or financial loan.

Insurance & Exemption

How do I apply for an exemption?

If you are a PPM, you do not need to apply for the exemption. It will automatically extend to any registered midwife providing intrapartum labour and birth care at home. However, there are a few things you must do if you want the exemption to apply to your practice.

What must I do if I want to provide intrapartum midwifery services at home?

Once you make the decision to provide intrapartum care to a woman planning a birth at home in your home state or territory without insurance, you will need to do three key things and have proof that these things are being done in case of audit by the NMBA

  1. Gain the informed consent of the woman identifying that she understands the midwife does not hold insurance for intrapartum midwifery care at home.
    The National Law says "informed consent means written consent given by a woman after she has been given a written statement by a midwife that includes
  • a statement that appropriate professional indemnity insurance arrangements will not be in force in relation to the private midwife's practise of midwifery; and
  • any other information required by the National Board."
  1. Submit data about the woman's care to the midwife's relevant state/territory perinatal data agency, and
  2. Be able to demonstrate, if audited, that you are working in accordance with any safety and quality requirements as required by the Nursing and Midwifery Board. This includes the Safety and Quality Guidelines for Privately Practising Midwives.

What do I need to know about insurance?

Here are some questions we would recommend that you ask of MIGA (but are not limited to):

  • What midwifery practice does your insurance policy cover?
  • What exclusions to the policy are there?  (all insurance policies have exclusions)
  • What is the maximum amount of a claim that the policy will respond to?
  • What does the policy provide support for?  In the event of a claim arising, what will this insurance do for me?
  • What do I have to do to maintain my entitlement for this insurance over time?
  • What are my responsibilities for reporting under this policy?
  • What price is your policy?  Are there any alternative price options or discounts available?
  • Does your policy provide for run-off cover?  (this is essential if you cease practice and a claim arises from the time when you were practising)
  • If run-off cover is provided what does it cost?

am a PPM who is not endorsed. What about insurance for me?

Currently, there are no other insurance options for PPMs who are not endorsed. if you are not endorsed, one option is to apply for NMBA Endorsement for scheduled medicines for midwives which will then make you eligible to access the Midwifery Practice Indemnity Scheme.

Short and long term insurance solutions for PPMs – what are we doing?

We are currently working with stakeholders, jurisdiction and federal Australian Governments as well as the NMBA to identify short and long term insurance solutions for PPMs. Below is a Discussion Paper which outlines the issues of insurance for privately practising midwives and how we have been working to find solutions.

Webinar

How do I register for an ACM live webinar?

A webinar is a live seminar that takes place on the internet, allowing participants in different locations to access an informative presentation online. Attendees can listen to and sometimes see the presenter during the presentation. There is also the opportunity to interact with the presenter and other attendees by typing feedback and questions. 

If you're not sure on how to register for an event, we recommend reviewing our latest live webinar infographic, which provides you with step-by-step guide for this process. Alternatively, watch the following video:

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How do I self-enrol into an ACM webinar recording?

ACM have over 60 webinar recordings stored on Midwives Learn (http://learn.midwives.org.au). These webinars are now available free of charge for ACM members, and can be accessed any time and any where. 

To find out how you can retrieve the self-enrolment key and start watching the webinars, please download our how-to infographic or watch the following step-by-step video.