Your own private midwifery practice: getting it right

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This widely praised program offers the most comprehensive and practical information available today.

This full day seminar is designed for midwives interested in setting up a private practice from scratch, especially those who want to work for themselves but have little money to make a large initial investment. We will explore the nuts and bolts of setting a midwifery practice, the skills needed for private practice, how to successfully run the practice and how to plann for the future. You will take home a comprehensive resource portfolio to help you get started and guide your first steps into the satisfying world of working as a practitioner in your own right.

 

A midwife in private practice is able to provide continuity of care to families through pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. July 1st 2010 saw the advent of professional indemnity (PI) insurance for all midwifery services except homebirth.  November 1st 2010 heralds the start of Medicare rebates for women choosing care from an eligible midwife who has a collaborative relationship with doctor/s.

While the new system is not perfect, midwives have an unprecedented opportunity to work in private practice providing one-to-one midwifery care to women and their families. Midwives can offer the full scope of their skills in private midwifery practice and now be covered by PI insurance. Women benefit from continuity of midwifery care in the community and have the benefit of government funding for the service and/or access to health fund rebates.

Program aims:

This program will enable midwives to:

  • Explore key aspects of setting up and running a midwifery practice
  • Examine different models of midwifery practice
  • Explore midwifery business plan development
  • Increase confidence in becoming a midwife in private practice
  • Take home a comprehensive resource portfolio valuable for private midwifery practice

Learner outcomes:

By the end of this program, participants will  be able to:

  • Develop a vision of the range of services than can be offered by midwives
  • Begin the process of establishing a business, including developing a business plan, registering the business name, identifying tax and accounting requirements, and registering for an ABN
  • Explored fee structures, collaborative arrangements with colleagues and hospitals and finding a mentor.
  • Compare two insurance options relevant to private midwifery practice
  • Discuss equipment needed in private midwifery practice and locate suppliers
  • Explain how to apply to access Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) items and prescribe certain Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)
  • Discuss Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia requirements for privately practicing midwives
  • Explore marketing and promotion of the business
  • Explore different options for practice and appointment management
  • Discuss tips for successful client interviews
  • Develop practical strategies for managing time, client visits, complaints, unforseen contingencies
  • Develop plans for self care to avoid burn out and stress.

Continuing Professional Development Points

This workshop has been awarded 6 CPD points by the Australian College of Midwives towards re-registration requirements.

Program

Time

Topic

9.00 a.m.

  • Midwifery Business 101
  • The Nuts and Bolts – setting up your midwifery practice

10.30 a.m.

Break

10.50 a.m.

  • The Nuts and Bolts – setting up your midwifery practice (continued)
  • Gaining the skills for private midwifery practice

1.00 p.m.

Lunch

1.30 p.m.

  • Selling yourself – Marketing 101

2.30 p.m.

Break

2.50 p.m.

  • Customer Service
  • What about me – looking after yourself

4.30 p.m.

Close

About your workshop leader:

This workshop will be lead by Jane Palmer.

The feedback from participants in this program has been uniformly positive.

"An excellent starting point for starting up my private practice"  Midwife, Brisbane, 2011

"The resources Jane has provided.... the time taken to put this together is a very generous contribution to our journey"  Midwife, Adelaide, 2011

"Jane has a wealth of "nuts and bolts" knowledge and is excellent at sharing her information."  Midwife, Melbourne, April 2011

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Workshop cost: $240 Includes lunch, refreshments, workshop notes and folder.
Student discounts
are available

Registration: 

Sydney:  Friday March 21, 2014

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Registrations received by the early bird cut-off date will attract a $40.00 discount.

Workshop numbers are strictly limited to a maximum of 35 participants (allocated as registrations are received).

 All prices include GST.