Mō Te Kaupapa Whakawhānau o Aotearoa | About the Aotearoa Midwifery Project


Te Kaupapa o Te Kaupapa  | Purpose of the Project


The purpose of the Aotearoa Midwifery Project is to steer an evidence-based review of:

  • the scope of practice of a midwife
  • the competencies for entry to the register of midwives
  • pre-registration standards for midwifery education. 

And to also introduce key alignments with legislative changes relevant to midwifery practice 

The Project will develop an effective and efficient regulatory framework to protect the health and safety of wāhine, their pēpi and whānau in Aotearoa for the Council to consider.

Nahea tātau e mahi ai  | How we work


The Midwifery Council established the Collaborative Reference Group to expertly guide the Council’s review of the regulatory framework by enabling ways of working together to make a difference. This includes: 

  • Providing midwifery expertise that focuses on improved outcomes for wāhine, their pēpi and whānau.
  • Contributing information, ideas and networks to support the successful implementation of the Aotearoa Midwifery Project.
  • Guiding the development of revised amendments to the midwifery regulatory framework and implications for recertification and preregistration education for the midwifery profession across the next five to ten years.

The Collaborative Reference Group is made up of a cross-section of midwives and consumers – Maori, Tauiwi and Pasifika. The Council supports a Te Tiriti-led approach to the review process and the Collabroative Reference Group Co-chairs, Dr Hope Tupara and Dr Judith McAra Couper, are confident midwifery is ready to pave a co-design approach that deliberately moves from Treaty rhetoric to the Treaty in action.    

Wahanga Kaupapa | Project phases


The Collaborative Reference Group has been meeting regularly since June 2020. COVID-19 means the group has been working via Zoom meetings and hopes to gather for a Kanohi ki te kanohi (face to face) meeting early in 2021.