12 responses to “Vexatious reporting – Immediate action committee”

  1. Naomi Waldron

    Thank you Lisa, as always an extremely considered and helpful post. I’m coordinating a facebook page on this issue at the moment and I like your recommendations very much. I did not know about the Immediate Action Committee. Yes, verry helpful. :-)

  2. Naomi Waldron

    If your readers are interested, they can ‘like’ the facebook page and get involved at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Save-HBAC-in-Australia-fan-page/239430759403371

  3. Roxane

    Hi Lisa,
    I emailed Tracy Martin at ACM using the template provided on the Facebook page regarding this particular matter. She replied that she was from WA and completely unaware of the situation, but was very interested to know more. The woman who started the Facebook campaign (Naomi) took it on board to follow up with her…..

  4. Beverley Walker

    I have sent this to Joy J but is it ok for me to send this on to my wide list on Birth Edcuation Victoria.

    All have been vetted by me and so far I have not had any problems since 2009. I do have three lists. 1. One is truly OK
    2. One is more official and others have had problems I have not. I leave this one off depending on the content.
    3. One is for overseas contacts.

    Thanks Bev Walker

  5. Hannah

    Zing! Glad we can always count on you to set the facts straight and to pull up those who need to be stepping up. I agree, Australian College of Midwives “where the bloody hell are ya?”

  6. Karen

    ‘You have to admire AMA, RANZCOG, they stick together and support each other no matter what’. . . . couldn’t agree more Lisa.

    As a matter of course, my OTHER working hat sees me interacting/talking/hearing Drs conversations . . . the stuff that normally doesn’t get heard . . . . so since I’m in the unusual position where I DO actually get to hear both sides I can say . . !

    ‘MIDWIVES and NURSES, excusing, accepting, normalising, participating in catty, bitchy, petty, tit for tat, fear driven, self serving behaviour not only says more about you, it belies our profession and confirms EXACTLY what Drs already think about us, and let me tell you it AINT good.’

    I came into the caring profession later in life, and have always lamented at the so called ‘cultural norms’ of our predominantly female professions . . . let me be clear I’m not advocating for midwives to start acting like doctors (heaven forbid) any way think we can do better than that . . . .because . . . .we are WOMEN and therefore hold an incredible integrity and innate compassion for justice and fairness, and if we have the courage to take the higher path (and yes sometimes that is challenging) we can promote our profession far and above the medical one . . .and quickly just before I get down from this soap box I’d like to take the opportunity to say here . . . that we ALL know what is right and wrong, how to treat others so . . . . . step up midwives!

  7. JulieCottle

    Great recommendations Lisa and thanks for the Facebook page Naomi. I’m off to share.

  8. Kate

    Got my ACM update a couple of days ago. Here it is:

    The Australian College of Midwives (ACM) has today published the ACM Interim Homebirth Position Statement on the ACM website. The interim statement was developed utilising a literature review and review of current international and national documentation and statements in relation to homebirth.

    The interim statement has undergone considerable targeted consultation with Australian Nursing Federation, Australian Private Midwives Association, Australian Society of Independent Midwives, Homebirth Australia, Maternity Coalition, Mediprotect, Midwives Australia, MIGA, Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia, the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and all Australian Governments.

    The interim position statement is published along with Interim Guidance for Privately Practising Midwives and the homebirth literature review.

    It is the position of the Australian College of Midwives that home is an appropriate place of birth for women considered to be at low obstetric risk, and that women must be supported in safe, planned homebirth, by midwives and/or other appropriately qualified and regulated health professionals with adequate access to support, advice, and referral and transfer mechanisms.

    The Australian College of Midwives supports the use of the National Competency Standards for the Midwife, the Code of Professional Conduct for Midwives in Australia, the Code of Ethics for Midwives in Australia, the Australian College of Midwives National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral (“the Guidelines”) and the NHMRC Guidance on Collaborative Maternity Care as the appropriate resources for guiding midwives in their practice.

    In consideration of the targeted consultation and the timeframes for the development of the interim position statement, further comment is now sought on both the interim position statement and the interim guidance for privately practising midwives by close of business 23rd September 2011.

    Send submissions by email to info@midwives.org.au or by post to PO Box 87, Deakin West ACT 2600. Only submissions with identified senders and a return address will be considered.

    I urge you to take the time to review and comment on both interim statements to ensure the best evidenced position is adopted.

  9. Michael Collins

    As a Registered Nurse of some 25 years I will ALWAYS put patients first by reporting any behaviour I beleive to be outside accepted guidelines, this is not vexatious it is responsible.
    Keep in mind that reporting suspect behaviour is not finding anyone guilty it is asking for that behaviour to be examined ….no more.

  10. meena

    Its about professionals who see unsafe practice oh sorry “alternative practice” and realize that if they dont speak out about their concerns a woman and baby(ies) may die or come to harm. Of course they should speak out. If you saw unsafe practices in a hospital setting then would you speak out if you felt that it was endangering a life?
    I really hope so.
    If you say that you wouldnt then I seriously worry for the women in your care.
    So some report and an investigation finds there is no case to answer, Better that than keeping quiet, and living with a death on your mind that had you spoken out you could have prevented. Better to over-report than under-report and if there is nothing to hide and the practice turns out to be safe, well, so what, I would welcome an investigation into any part of my work and if someone points out that what I am doing could be improved I would be delighted. What are you so scared of? Oh, I think thats obvious. This isnt vexatious reporting, its an avenue for professionals to ensure that their concerns are listened to regarding safety and competence of colleagues, or would you rather we all stay quiet for fear of upsetting the incompetent or psychopathic midwife in our midst.
    Yes it happens, Good job someone noticed Beverly Allitt was murdering children, or she would still be happily injecting them all with insulin today.
    As for your duty of care, I assume you are registered, so use the one for Registered nurses.
    (Or do you not nurse?)
    Look up the term nurse is you think you dont I am sure it will apply to your profession… Or is that a definition that is too caring and too professional for you.