Proposed Changes: Midwifery Scope of Practice & Regulations
August 24, 2016
Note: This article was originally posted in our August 2016 newsletter, and has not been updated.
The College has long sought to make changes to legislation and regulations to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of its programs. This is in response to best practices in regulation, removing barriers to the delivery of safe and quality midwifery care, and improvement of the client experience in the health care system. However, changing legislation and regulations is a lengthy and thorough process that requires government and stakeholder support and significant College resources. Currently, we are well positioned to dedicate the necessary human resources to lead a fulsome review and propose changes. All legislation and regulations that define and inform the practice and regulation of midwifery have been included in this review.
At present, the College is conducting targeted consultations with our stakeholders, including the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, the Office of the Fairness Commissioner, the Association of Midwives of Ontario, the Midwifery Education Programs, and other stakeholders.
The College is committed to ensuring that members’ voices are included in the review and inform our final recommendations. A fulsome consultation process will take place in the coming months, including at Member Education Day Forums scheduled for November 2016.