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Queensland Government publishes Rural Maternity Taskforce Report

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In August 2018 the Australian College of Midwives was invited to participate as a member of the Queensland Rural Maternity Taskforce. The Taskforce was established by the Minister for Health and Minister for Ambulance Honourable Steven Miles MP in response to concerns raised by the media and consumer groups regarding the provision of safe and accessible maternity services in rural and remote areas.

Do you know your ACM Liaison Midwife?

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ACM Liaison Midwife Suzanne Kendall visited the midwives at the Women's Unit in Emerald Hospital.

Read through research findings from Terri Smith at PANDA and Beyond Blue. 

We hear from Deadly Denim creator, Rebecca Barlow about her business that donates profits to Rhodanthe Lipsett Indigenous Midwifery Charitable Fund.

Pregnancy Care Guidelines Updated

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The Department of Health has updated the Pregnancy Care Guidelines. The updated guidelines can be found at https://beta.health.gov.au/resources/publications/pregnancy-care-guidelines 

Updated chapters include:

  •  Syphilis
  •  Chlamydia
  •  Preterm birth
  •  Prolonged pregnancy
  •  Cytomegalovirus

ACM consulted on this review process and is happy to see the finished product. We encourage policy makers and clinicians to access and use the updated guidelines.

ACM are responding to the ANMAC Midwife Accreditation Standards Survey

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The ANMAC Midwife Accreditation Standards outline the education requirements for the future midwifery workforce.  They are in the process of being reviewed.  ACM are represented on the Expert Woking Group by Ruth King, Midwifery Advisor, Education Unit.

Aussie Buddies Monthly Summary: April 2019

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Written by Helen Hall

Rural Australian Health at stake

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The Australian College of Midwives are proud members of the National Rural Health Alliance.

On 27th March 2019, Dr Michelle Gray, ACM QLD Council Representative attend the MBS taskforce - Participating Midwife Forum at the Pulman Airport Hotel. Brisbane as the ACM Representative.

ACM working for midwives in the digital space

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In late 2018 ACM joined the Child Digital Health Record – Clinical Informatics Endorsement Committee (CIEC) to provide a midwifery perspective on what was required for the development of informatics standards.