Midwives who have a notation as an eligible midwife have been able to obtain a Medicare provider number since November 2010. This means that women seeking care from a midwife with a Medicare provider number may be eligible for a Medicare rebate for the care they receive.
Midwives who have an endorsement for scheduled medicines are endorsed as qualified to prescribe schedule 2, 3, 4 and 8 medicines required for midwifery practice across pregnancy, labour, birth and post natal care, in accordance with relevant State and Territory legislation. Once endorsed midwives can apply for access to PBS and obtain a prescription pad or stationary for use as the mechanism for prescribing in the community. Where prescribing occurs for inpatients this occurs by way of the National Inpatient Medication Chart.
Please see the members only area for further information.
For women seeking access on Medicare rebates for midwifery care, please contact Medicare or speak to your midwife about your potential rebate.