Conducted by a team of researchers from three universities, this project, funded by the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, researched the role and scope of practice of midwives and developed national competency standards for midwifery. Researchers came from the Centre for Midwifery, Child and Family Health at the University of Technology Sydney; University of South Australia; and, Edith Cowan University in Western Australia. The research team was Caroline Homer, Jan Pincombe, Carol Thorogood, Pat Brodie, Nicky Leap and Sue Kildea. The project officer was Lyn Passant.
Consumers, midwives, education providers, managers, academics and other key stakeholders from around Australia were involved.
The outcomes of the project were:
- A comprehensive report on research into the contemporary role and scope of practice for midwives in Australia;
- The development of a generic description for midwives on entry to practice;
- The development and validation of national competency standards for midwives in Australia; and
- A strategy and tools for evaluation and review of the role and standards for midwives
The project had five parts and included telephone interviews, surveys, workshops, forums and observation of midwifery practice.
The project is now complete and a copy of the National Competency Standards for the Midwife are available from the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council.