Midwifery Strategic Advisory Group updates

Key messages and updates

September 2017

MSAG met on 28 September 2017 and agreed on the following key messages.

  • Once the results of the Sadler and Thompson study are published, key messages will be provided to the sector.
  • The attrition of midwifery students is high and needs to be analysed further in order to retain greater numbers in the undergraduate programme.
  • The MSAG’s work programme is going to the HWNZ Board for agreement in October 2017 with the request for the HWNZ resource required to facilitate and progress the workstreams within it.

March 2017

MSAG met on 27 March 2017 and noted that it has robust quantitative and qualitative data from the DHBs, including data collected by Midwifery Leaders and the Midwifery Employment Representation and Advisory Services (MERAS)

MSAG will work with DHBs to:

  • fully understand the midwifery workforce issues facing the tertiary centres in particular. This will include discussions with Midwifery Leaders, Chief Operating Officers and Chief Executives.
  • raise the profile of midwifery in DHB structures to ensure safe maternity service provision
  • work with DHBSS Safe Staffing Unit to ensure midwives’ workload are accurately measured
  • take more new graduate midwives into ring-fenced positions.

MSAG to:

  • continue to support HWNZ with the modelling of the future midwifery workforce numbers
  • recommend that HWNZ reinstates midwifery to the long term skill shortage list
  • work with the National Maternity Monitoring Group (NMMG) to advocate for improvement to the midwifery workforce, including working environments share its action plan.

September/November 2016

MSAG met in September and again in November 2016. As one of its first priorities the Group agreed to address the decline in recruitment and retention of its workforce compared to other health professional groups. It is now working closely with the Midwifery Council, via a Memorandum of Understanding, the College of Midwives, and DHB Midwifery Leaders to better understand workforce pressures and future workforce needs. The data will be used to build a midwifery workforce planning model to strategically plan the continuing supply of the midwifery workforce for both hospital and community-based services.

The next meeting of the group will be held on 27 March 2017.

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