Midwifery prescribing in Australia

Kirsten Small, Mary Sidebotham, Jennifer Fenwick, Jennifer Gamble

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Suitably qualified Australian midwives may prescribe drugs. By June 2016, 250 midwives were endorsed to prescribe. The range of drugs that midwives may prescribe is determined by state and territory legislation. There are therefore significant variations across the country in what can be prescribed. Midwives must undertake additional training to become competent to prescribe. Clear guidelines for consultation and referral also underpin safe prescribing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-218
Number of pages4
JournalAustralian Prescriber
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

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  • Drug formulary
  • Midwifery
  • Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
  • Prescribing curriculum

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacology (medical)


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