Insurance & private practice midwifery

A temporary exception remains in place for private practice/ home birth midwives, permitting their registration  despite lack of insurance cover.

EHLN has reported the release of a research paper on that issue has been released by the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, which is available online.

Written by PwC, the report introductory note says:


Historically, PPMs have had difficulty in obtaining PII. This has led to the current exemption under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law for PPMs to hold PII for intrapartum care. In seeking a resolution to ongoing exemptions, this research report was commissioned by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency on behalf of the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. The report:
 outlines the Australian PII market and the relevant factors relating to PII products for PPMs
 identifies and outlines the practice of PPMs and how the context in which PPMs practice as well as implicit risks have impacted upon PII product offerings, both nationally and internationally
 details the extent of claims and tribunal cases that have been raised nationally and internationally, and their impact on the development of insurance products.