Home birth & failure to consult with medical practitioner

In Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia v Dutton, the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal found that a registered nurse and midwife engaged in professional misconduct and unprofessional conduct in that she failed to provided clinically appropriate midwifery care to a patient. The tribunal references a number of failures including failure to consult with a medical practitioner, failure to transfer the patient to hospital in an appropriate timeframe and not recommending that the patient was transferred to a hospital nearest to the patient’s home.

With thanks to Associate Professor Tina Cockburn for noting this decision.

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