Monday, October 25, 2010

APHRA is up and for running WA

National Registration is finally here.... I have heard about it for over 20 years and finally the time has come; CHECK YOUR REGISTRATION:

Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency for WA is up and running, have some fun and check out your name, check out your doctors name see if they are registered and if there are any restrictions placed on them. Click on this link APHRA then scroll down a third of the screen, go to the second blue box, heading HEALTH PRACTITIONERS then click How can I check my registration status? Follow the instructions and all you have to do is put in your full name, health profession and state, you don’t need the registration number.... and then see what happens.

I am undecided whether I think this is a good idea or not, yes I think it is beneficial that you can check so easily that someone is registered, but having my disciplinary history for the world to see, that I consider an invasion of my privacy. I will however remain open about the concept and see how it all pans out. In terms of people state hopping when they are investigated yes a fantastic idea, but for those who genuinely make a mistake your record is there for everyone to see.

You can also visit the Decisions and check on all Health Practitioners and decisions made in relationship to complaints.......this is transparency for you; These are outcomes of court hearings, tribunal hearings and hearings conducted by regulation agencies that were completed or started before 1 July 2010, relating to complaints and notifications made about health practitioners or students.

Let me know what your thoughts are? And be sure that you don’t find your name in that may work as a deterrent.

Click here to read more for WA....Practitioners from WA who have not renewed by 30 September: also read frequently asked questions information. The APHRA site is packed with information, spend some time looking at the site, it is worth your time;

Sunday, October 17, 2010


WA Branch ACM presents the 2010 Annual Conference and AGM
@ City West Function Centre,
45 Plaistowe Mews, City West, West Perth

Friday 12 November; 08:30 - 16:30

Come and be inspired and energised about new initiatives in the world of midwifery, pregnancy care and childbirth education for women and their partners. Hear updates from the College at the AGM and finish the day relaxing with friends and colleagues at the sundowner drinks and nibbles.

Pregnancy screening - What’s the latest?
Gestational Diabetes - future changes being proposed - Dianne Bond
Which women are Vit D deficient? - Sadie Geraghty
Cannabis - should we be screening? - Renate McLaurin
Implementing screening for haemoglobinopathies - Dr Janet Hornbuckle
Childbirth Education - making a difference - Deb Slater & Lesley Kuliukas
Mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse - Statewide Protection of Children Coordination Unit
EPDS - using it with men? - Pam Whittacker
Beer & Bubs - Cath Cook
Yummy Mummy - remedial massage and pampering - Amy Mitchell Annual General Meeting

REGISTRATION 08.30 - 09.00
Registration includes refreshments & lunch Sundowner drinks and nibbles 16.30 – 17.30Free parking all day

(02) 6230 7333 1300 360 480 (free call)
Pay on line.....

ACM CPD points apply *Program subject to change

Cheers Pauline

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Check out the Determination for Medicare Provider Numbers

Please have a look at the Health Insurance (Midwife and Nurse Practitioner)Determination 2010Health Insurance Act 1973
I, NICOLA ROXON, Minister for Health and Ageing, make this Determination under
section 3C of the Health Insurance Act 1973.
Dated 4 October 2010

This determination comes into force 1 November; Midwifery services and fees range from $31.10 - $724.00 and providing a service fee for 6 weeks postnatal period...

We have to remember that this does not cover homebirth and we need to continue to put pressure on the government to pass this midwifery services fee onto women who choose to have a homebirth.....

Cycling around Australia...Where is Marg Phelan up to

Here is an Update from Marg.... see where she is now;they have done really well, what an achievement to cycle across the Nullabor, I remember many years ago driving across and thinking my God miles and miles of complete nothingness...but spectacular at the same time.. I couldn't imagine cycling across.....what a phenomenal group of women... here is part of Marg's email letting us know where she is.....

Hi all
We are half way across the Nullabor. We are at Eucla for 2 nights and move on tomorrow. We have been out of phone and internet cover for the past week so unable to contact anyone.
Hope all is good for you and everything is going as planned.
Cycling going well in spite of head winds, cool temperatures and some rain. Robyn is doing a great job with Muriel (name of the van) and the roadies duties
We have 6 more days of no coverage till we get to Ceduna.

Check out our website as Su has put more photos on and some more on the blog.

Love and hugs to you all
Gogirls xxx

Marg Phelan, Midwife
Cycling for midwives, women
Normal birth & breastfeeding

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Order your ACM WA Merchandise now:

The WA ACM Branch has an exciting range of merchandise for you to purchase for friends, family and special occasions; sun hats, fleece, shirts, thumb drives, sun-visor and more...take a look...
Click on the picture to access a larger view; once opened in picasa click on picture again, this will enlarge the view: place your order by emailing us at; together with your payment details;
Thank you

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Curtin Graduation: Nursing and Midwifery: 2010

That time of year again, celebrating the graduation of a new batch of Nurses and Midwives.... a few more people with PhD's and others with Masters,Graduate Diploma's, Graduate Certificates etc; great achievements, congratulations to all. I particularly enjoy the pomp and ceremony of graduation... the excitement of the graduates, their proud parents, partners, family... it is just wonderful... As a lecturer I feel a sense of achievement and warmth....anticipating a fantastic career for these budding graduates...taking both professions forward...our future leaders; It was good to see a baby in the its mother received her award....

These are some of the nursing class of 2010, I had the pleasure of teaching these nursing students.....and am looking forward to watching their careers grow and they becoming our future leaders;

The student response was presented by Corrina Farr, Postgraduate Diploma (Midwifery)who also won the Australian College of Midwives Membership Award:
The Western Australian Nurse Memorial Charitable Trust Award was won by Debra Pallier:
In total there were 12 presentations for prizes and awards.... many excited and happy recipients.

It was good to see Jenny graduate.... her PhD was 10yrs in the making....when I listened to her one minute speech, I was happy that I have decided to do something other than my PhD; her advice to the audience was "if you are going to embark on your PhD, please make sure you are young enough to enjoy the benefits of completing it. I left my run to late, if I was to advise you about anything that would be it...start it when you are younger".

Good luck to all the graduates may your career be fulfilling and may you always remember to treat your clients with the same respect and care that you would expect for yourself.