Scope of Practice for Midwives in Australia


Scope of Practice for Midwives in Australia from the Australian College of Midwives defines the roles, functions and responsibilities that:

  • A registered midwife is educated and competent to carry out;
  • meet legislative requirements, professional standards, and local or organizational policy;
  • are accepted as contemporary midwifery practice by the profession;
  • meet women’s and infant’s health needs and enhance their health outcomes;
  • aim to provide evidence-informed care; and
  • are collaborative through consultation and partnership with the woman and other health care professionals.

The document is underpinned by the International Confederation of Midwives International Definition of a Midwife.

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