I have just found this forum, and as I am new to forums please be patient if I don't do it right.
I am an independent midwife in Melbourne. My practice is mainly homebirth, with some teaching, and a lot of writing on the side. I was a leader in Maternity Coalition for many years, and now I am working with a great group of women to establish BaBs, a peer support group.
If you are interested in the Maternity Services Review, please keep an eye on the MIPP blog http://midwivesvictoria.blogspot.com/ I am trying to keep it up to date as information comes in.
For those who aren't aware of the review, it has been done by the Health Minister, and it looks as though there may be a breakdown of some of the monopoly of maternity care that has virtually forced all Australian women into medical/obstetric care for many years now.
We are watching for any news of professional indemnity insurance that is affordable for midwives. This will be a key factor in whether we are able to continue practising after 1 July 2010, when a new law about regulation of health professionals, requiring indemnity insurance, is enforced.