Midwife’s practice regulated to ensure safety

On behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, I salute the 35,848 midwives and 310,660 nurses for their invaluable contribution to the health and well being of the Australian community. 

The International Day of the Midwife on May 5 and International Nurses’ Day on May 12, each provides an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on how midwives and nurses continue contributing to the way health care services and health workforce reform deliver better health outcomes for our communities. The national board plays a key role in regulating enrolled and registered nurses, nurse practitioners, midwives and eligible midwives. The health and safety of the public is at the core of our role. Our aim is to make sure that the Australian public has access to qualified and competent nurses and midwives for safe, quality care. 

To enable this, we expect nurses and midwives to improve and broaden their knowledge, and competence through continuing professional development (CPD) and professional practice. 

CPD involves annually reviewing one’s practice, identifying learning needs, planning and participating in relevant learning activities and reflecting on the value of those activities. Evidence of CPD and recence of professional practice are requirements for annual renewal of a nurse’s or a midwife’s registration with the National Board, and reflects how important the work of each profession is to the community. 

Anne Copeland, 

chair 

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia