9:00am - Commencement of Day Two
The Coroners Court and the Midwife Witness
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.
- What are reportable deaths and why is the midwife's documentation regarding them so crucial?
- What would be expected of you if you were called to appear in the Coroner's court?
- If this occurs, what legal advice should you seek?
Regulation for Midwives: An Update
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
The Complete Package: Registration Standards and Auditing
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.
CPD and Beyond
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:
- How do you self-assess competence and learning needs?
- If you read a journal article about midwifery practice, can this count towards CPD hours?
- If you manage a project in your workplace does this count as CPD?
- Is it acceptable for you to undertake CPD requirements at one time each year?
- What if you just meet the requirements through inservice?
- Is there such a thing as a mandatory CPD activity?
- What is a learning need?
12:45pm - Lunch and Networking
Professional Boundaries: A Detailed Appraisal
When professional boundaries are breached, unexpected consequences may occur. The NMBA provides a guide on professional boundaries. Let’s consider:
- Why is maintaining a professional relationship/boundary in midwifery so important?
- What are the consequences of breaching this boundary?
Unprofessional Conduct and Impairment
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’.
- What is notifiable conduct?
- How does the national law define unprofessional conduct and impairment?
- What is the NMBA guideline for mandatory notification?
- What are the exemptions from mandatory notification?
- Who is responsible for making a report and when is it mandatory?
- How do you make a report?
- What are the powers of investigators under the national law?
3:45pm - Afternoon Tea and Coffee
Social Media and the Health Practitioner
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.
Summary and Final Questions
5:00pm - Close of Seminar and Evaluations