Maternity care plans
Collaboration and Care Plans
It is a requirement of the insurance with MIGA that for each woman to whom you provide midwifery services that you have in place:
- A Collaborative Arrangement with a doctor or Hospital, or
- A Care Plan communicated to a public Hospital providing obstetric services
These arrangements must provide for prompt and timely referrals and your written records will need to demonstrate this.
To assist midwives we have prepared a Midwifery Care Plan Checklist in conjuction with the Australian College of Midwives and the Australian Private Midwives Association. The template is supplied in Microsoft Word format to enable easy editing. It provides an easy way for midwives to comply with their policy requirements.
You should ensure that your collaborative arrangement or Care Plan are in place from the commencement of care, in order to ensure you are covered throughout the course of care.
The maternity care plan needs to cover arrangements for consultation, referral and transfer of the woman's care to the hospital, should these become necessary. You will need to keep comprehensive records of the information provided to the public hospital, including a record that the maternity care plan has been sent to, and acknowledged by the hospital. (The acknowldegement can either be in writing from the hospital or it could be a record in your notes of a verbal acknowledgement).
Download the Midwifery Care Plan Checklist