You do not need a referral for your first visit with a MAMA midwife. However, to obtain medicare rebates after this visit, please obtain a referral from your obstetrician or GP obstetrician by downloading MAMA’s referral form below, and bring a signed copy to your appointment with us.
To find a local GP obstetrician you can ask at your local GP clinic, visit the MAMA GP/Obstetricians Dr Andrew Slutzkin (Kensington) or Dr Saul Cohen (Caulfield) or Dr Ravi Kashyap (Caulfield)
Please contact us for further information.
What makes an eligible midwife and what does this mean?
Eligible midwives are now able to access medicare item numbers for antenatal and postnatal care, to provide rebates to clients for these services. This is only available where an appropriately qualified medical practitioner is ‘collaborating’ with the midwife.
Collaboration can be obtained in a number of ways, but can be as simple as a referral from the doctor to the midwife.
Medicare provides substantial rebates, which may assist in funding the cost of private midwifery services, like when you see your doctor. The amount you get back from medicare will depend on your Safety Net amount. Please note; some private health funds give rebates for midwives too. Check with your private health fund as rebates may differ for your individual cover.
Eligible midwives undergo a credentialing process to prove that they are competent to provide care across the whole scope of practice. An ‘Eligible midwife’ is a registered midwife who also has:
- No restrictions on her practice (you can look up restrictions on the AHPRA website)
- 3 years full-time postgraduate experience
- Completed an accredited review of practice
- Completed 40 hours of continuing professional development
- Proven to be competent to provide care to women in the pregnancy, labour, birth and postnatal phases
- Signed a formal undertaking to complete an accredited prescribing course when it becomes available within 18 months.
MAMA Says: MAMA midwives are all medicare eligible midwives.
What is a Collaborative Arrangement?
Eligible midwives must have collaborative arrangements with obstetricians or GP obstetricians for each of their clients, in order to obtain medicare rebates. This can be as simple as obtaining a referral from an obstetrician for a client. If the client has not been referred by an appropriately qualified medical practitioner, the midwife must have a formal written collaborative arrangement in order to provide rebates for her care. For more information on collaboration.
What is the Safety Net?
The amount you get back from medicare depends on your Medicare Safety Net status. Your safety net amount is the amount you are out of pocket when you have been charged above the benefit amount for a medicare rebatable service. For more information on the Medicare Safety Net. To find out your current safety net amount you can call medicare on 132 001 or register online.