New Code of Conduct for Midwives in Australia

As medical practice insurers and medical indemnity insurance providers, we want you to know the legalities of being a midwife and your practice’s code for conduct.  At Tego, we recommend that all midwives take the opportunity to review the Code and familiarise themselves with the expectations for practice as set out by the NMBA. 

The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (the NMBA) released the “Code of Conduct for Midwives” (the Code), which took effect March 2018. The Code reflects current midwifery practice and sets out the legal requirements, professional behaviour and conduct expectations for midwives in all practice settings in Australia.” For more information, please visit the Nursing Midwifery Website

The code of conduct for midwives reflects current midwifery practice 

The Code reflects current midwifery practice and sets out the legal requirements, professional behaviour and conduct expectations for midwives in all practice settings in Australia. 

In particular, the Code acknowledges that midwifery practice settings extend to working in non-clinical relationships and in a variety of other settings, including paid and unpaid work. 

There is a specific focus in the Code on engaging with women in a culturally safe and respectful way, with the aim of making the health system accessible for all and free from racism and inequity. There is also a section on bullying and harassment with a clear message that such behaviour will not be accepted and with a zero tolerance.

Professional indemnity insurance to the rescue 

Professional Indemnity Insurance is mandatory for all medical practitioners in Australia. This includes: midwives and nurses, osteopaths, optometrists, pharmacists, dentists, psychologists and more. Your professional indemnity insurance covers you as well as your patients when anything goes wrong and your patient is harmed.

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In Australia, there is an ever-increasing complexity for healthcare facilities, midwives and doctors in general. That is why Tego has developed an all encompassing suite of Insurance services and products that can work together, so your midwife practice will run safer, easier, as well as more efficient. With Tego as your partner, you will be able to focus more on what you are most proud of- providing true value in healthcare.

In conclusion

If you have any questions about the operation of the code or its impact on your practice, please do not hesitate to contact the experts at Tego. We offer medical indemnity insurance as well as entity medical malpractice indemnity insurance, underwritten by Berkshire Hathaway, a brand globally synonymous with trust and integrity. 

We have a profound understanding of the Australian medical profession and the ever-changing healthcare industry. It’s this expertise that allows us to provide leading cover with more choice, innovation and greater flexibility. Contact us to find out more.

All content on this page has been written in a generic way, and has not been presented with any knowledge of your personal objectives or financial needs. 

This publication is general in nature and is not comprehensive or constitute legal or medical advice. You should seek legal, medical or other professional advice before relying on any content, and practice proper clinical decision making with regard to individual circumstances. Persons implementing any recommendations contained in this publication must exercise their own independent skill or judgment or seek appropriate professional advice relevant to their own particular practice. Compliance with any recommendations will not in any way guarantee discharge of the duty of care owed to patients and others coming into contact with the health professional or practice. Tego Insurance Pty Ltd is not responsible to you or anyone else for any loss su­ffered in connection with the use of this information. 

By Eric Lowenstein on Thursday, October 17th, 2019 in General. No Comments

Eric Lowenstein

Eric is the CEO of Tego, an insurance agency offering specialist indemnity insurance solutions for the healthcare and life sciences sectors. His qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in business and law, a master’s degree from UNSW in law and management and an MBA from the AGSM.

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