Private Practice Midwifery


Overview

A Private Practice Midwife (PPM) practicing in Western Australia (WA) has responsibilities for notification and provision of information that are similar, and in addtion, to the responsbilities of midwives employed by health services.

Intent of midwife to practice privately

Form 1 (PDF 127KB) of the Health (Notifications by Midwives) Regulations 1994 (external site) must be used to notify the Chief Health Officer of the intention of a midwife to practice privately.

Following notification of intention to practice, there is no statutory requirement for a PPM to notify of changes to the original notification, nor to notify of intent to discontinue private practice.

Notification of birth event by PPM

All midwives, including a PPM, must notify of births they attend. These notifications are to be submitted by a PPM using Form 2 (PDF 545KB) to the Midwives Notification System (MNS).

Other information for the PPM

The Maternal and Child Health team (MCH) has developed a resource called the Supply of Documents to PPMs (PDF 246KB) outlining sources of many of the forms and documents required by a PPM to conduct their practice. Some of these documents are supplied to PPMs by the MCH.

To receive information disseminated by MCH that may be relevant to the responsibilities of a PPM, the PPM must maintain their contact details with the MCH.

Maternal and Child Health
Tel: 9222 2417
Fax: 9222 4480
Email: birthdata@health.wa.gov.au

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