Maternity stakeholder information sessions

Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 and Maternity Data Standards/New Zealand Perinatal Spine projects

The Ministry of Health is hosting a series of stakeholder information sessions across Aotearoa New Zealand.

These sessions will give people working in the maternity sector the opportunity to find out about the changes to the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021, to learn about the Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO) Maternity Care Summary Standard and the New Zealand Perinatal Spine projects.

These sessions will provide midwives, GPs, obstetricians and other stakeholders with relevant practical information and guidance on how the upcoming changes to the Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 will affect them, including what services they will be able to claim for, and how to claim for them.

Attendees will also be updated on important changes to the HISO Maternity Care Summary Standard which are helping to standardise the collection of maternity clinical information with the aim of improving maternity care in New Zealand. The HISO Maternity Care Summary Standard is also an enabler for other primary or secondary compliant solutions to integrate maternity information nationally to the Perinatal Spine.

Primary Maternity Services Notice

The Ministry of Health undertook a public consultation on proposed changes to the existing Primary Maternity Services Notice last year from September to November.

Implementing the Budget 2020 allocation of $85 million (over four years) requires amendments to the Primary Maternity Services Notice in order to deliver this funding for additional primary maternity care to women with complex needs, and to women living in rural areas.

Stakeholder feedback was crucial to this review process and we received 944 individual submissions during the consultation process. The insights arising from this consultation are incredibly valuable and we have carefully considered all feedback as we finalised the changes to the Primary Maternity Service Notice.

The amended Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 will be gazetted in June, with the changes coming into effect later this year.

Members of the Ministry’s Maternity Team will give a presentation and answer questions about what these changes mean for you. See Session dates and locations below.

Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO 10050.2:2020) Maternity Care Summary Standard and New Zealand Perinatal Spine

To provide high-quality maternity care in New Zealand, we need to underpin midwifery and medical practice with information that supports the care of women, babies, their families and whānau; continuity of care; best practice; and analytics.

The HISO Maternity Care Summary Standard ensures that information related to maternity care is consistently recorded and contributes to high-quality care of women and babies. The dataset can be shared to support continuity of care between providers and communication with whānau and family. It will also offer opportunities for data analysis and improvement of service design.

Following a consultation process last year, the latest standards are available at HISO 10050.2:2020 Maternity Care Summary Standard and will be finalised later this year.

The Perinatal Spine is a database (based on the standard) for storing and exchanging national maternity data in real-time. The purpose of the Perinatal Spine is to store all encounters and events relating to a woman's pregnancy, wherever they occur in the country, in a single, shared record.

A representative of the Ministry’s Data and Digital team will give an update on what the latest changes to HISO mean for the sector, and guidance on how these standards can be incorporated into clinical care.

Session dates and locations

Members of the Ministry’s Maternity and Data & Digital teams will be visiting main locations across the country from Invercargill to Whangarei, starting at the end of June 2021.

The following dates and locations have already been confirmed, with additional venues and dates to be announced soon. Expect to hear from the Ministry by the end of June with the full list of dates, times, and locations. You are advised to allow between 4 and 5 hours for the session.

We will be in touch with details for the sessions shortly. For those based close to Dunedin, Gisborne, Greymouth, and Nelson please note these dates in your diary.

Information from the sessions will be available online to people who are unable to attend.

Session dates and locations






Wednesday 30th June

11am – 3.30pm


University of Otago
71 Frederick Street

Lecture Theatre G.10

Monday 5th July

11am – 3.30pm


Hauora Tairawhiti
421 Ormond Road


Wednesday 28th July

11am – 3.00pm


St John Ambulance
112 Water Walk Road

St John Ambulance Meeting Room

Thursday 29th July

10.30am – 3.00pm


The Hotel Nelson
40 Waimea Road

Brougham Room

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