Potential risks manifest in all areas of health care, including obstetrics and within midwifery practice. Do you have informed knowledge about the modern legal and professional aspects of midwifery? Attend this seminar to gain a comprehensive update on the following topics. It includes:
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8:30am - Registration and Refreshments
What are the contemporary issues confronting midwives in regard to areas of legal concern? This short discussion will provide an opportunity to raise some questions for exploration.
When a clinical issue arises, do you reach for the ethical or legal framework to help you resolve it? This session will take a brief look at ethical frameworks, using four ethical principles to address a clinical issue. It will then look to the legal framework in order to resolve this issue in the best interests of those involved.
10:30am - Morning Tea
According to the Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives in Australia, ‘Midwives practise and conduct themselves in accordance with laws relevant to the profession and practice of midwifery’. This session will refresh your understanding of the duty midwives have to act in accordance with standards, codes, organisational and professional policy, and the obligations of the employer, including vicarious liability.
As the delivery of midwifery services change, some interesting issues may arise. We will look at:
12:30pm - Lunch and Networking
There is much debate about the viability, health and ethical situation of unborn children. Midwives may become involved in such considerations and it is advisable to have thought through some of the dilemmas. This session includes discussion on:
Midwives and the women in their care have a two-way relationship. However, women have a right to refuse treatment. This session looks at the legal issues in upholding the rights of the women and the obligations of the midwife. It includes:
2:45pm - Afternoon Tea
Who is the legal parent in surrogacy arrangements? What are the legal rights of estranged fathers and grandparents? We will look at:
The importance of quality documentation in midwifery from a legal perspective cannot be overstated. This final session will focus on the need to write accurate and timely reports. Using examples from case law, the following will be discussed:
4:30pm - Close of Day One of Seminar
9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
Legislation in each jurisdiction defines circumstances when adverse events in healthcare are reportable to the Coroner’s court. This session will provide a brief overview of these requirements and explore the midwives role in appearing in this court as a witness.
According to the Code of Conduct for Nurses in Australia, ‘A midwife is a person who, having been regularly admitted to a midwifery educational programme, duly recognised in the country in which it is located, has successfully completed the prescribed course of studies in midwifery and has acquired the requisite qualifications to be registered and/or legally licensed to practise midwifery.’ This session will consider the definition from the national law perspective as an overview to the regulation of midwives and the protection of the public. It will also provide an opportunity to catch up on recent general developments of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (NMBA).
10:30am - Morning Tea
There are specific standards with which midwives and nurses must comply under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law Act 2009 (the national law) in order to maintain registration. Recently, auditing has been introduced as a means to ensure compliance with the standards. This session will examine what these standards are, why they are important to the profession, how they protect the public and what non-compliance means to the practitioner.
The registration standard for continuing professional development (CPD) specifies certain requirements for CPD, but what is CPD? What evidence do you need to meet this standard? How can you do this effectively and efficiently? This session will enable you to seek clarification about your professional accountability in CPD. Some frequently asked questions will include:
12:45pm - Lunch and Networking
When professional boundaries are breached, unexpected consequences may occur. The NMBA provides a guide on professional boundaries. Let’s consider:
Anyone can make a complaint about a midwife’s health, performance or conduct under the National Law. However, it also requires that a registered health practitioner must notify the relevant board if in the course of practising their profession they form a reasonable belief that another registered health practitioner has behaved in a way that constitutes ‘notifiable conduct’.
3:45pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
Social media use amongst health practitioners, while valuable, may also have negative effects on professional standards depending on how it is used. This session will discuss the growing issues and pitfalls of health practitioners using social media and will look at some cases of unprofessional conduct and the relevance to guidelines, especially in the context of codes of conduct and ethics.
5:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations
Dr Linda Starr has undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in general, mental health nursing, law, education and a PhD in legal issues in elder abuse. Linda has extensive experience as an RN in metropolitan and rural locations, in general nursing, mental health, forensic health, aged care and management. She has held senior positions in academia, including the dean of the School of Nursing and Midwifery. Linda has publications in health law and forensic health issues. Linda is an associate professor in the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Flinders University and a consultant educator in health law and ethics for nurses, midwives and carers. She is chair of the SA Board of Nursing and Midwifery, fellow of the College of Nursing Australia, foundation president of the Australian Forensic Nurses Association, member on the School of Health Academic Advisory Board for Open Colleges and the international member on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Forensic Nursing.
Midwives are regulated health professionals who are required to practice in accordance with legislation and common law specific to midwifery and the broader healthcare context. They are accountable and responsible for their own actions within their practice. Knowing the underpinning legal and professional regulatory guides is essential for competent midwifery practice and the safety of women and babies in their care.
The purpose of this seminar is to provide midwives with a forum to review and learn about contemporary professional and regulatory issues that affect their practice.
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