Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Midwife Medicare Provider Number

The Department of Human Services Medicare Australia has allocated a Provider Number to Mrs Joyce Johnston [that's me, the villagemidwife], Aitex Private Midwifery Services, at 25 Eley Rd Blackburn South, Victoria 3130, effective 22/09/2011. The Provider Number is for the purpose of rendering accounts for approved Medicare services performed and for requesting certain diagnostic imaging and pathology services while working in a private capacity.
As a Medicare-authorised midwife, there is scheduled fee for each item, from which rebates are calculated [variation in amount payable depends on a person's safety net].  For example:

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Living with uncertainty

I arrived at the home of a woman in labour, and everything I saw and knew about this woman and her baby told me that the birth was imminent. After greeting her - she was in the shower - I went through the routine setting out of my equipment in readiness and connecting the oxygen cylinder to the flow meter.

Three hours later, there was no baby. No apparent problem with either mother or baby. A rim of cervix, an undescended fetal head, ... Mother asked me if I had brought my knitting. No - I really didn't expect to be waiting around long enough. It's a second baby, after all.

Monday, September 05, 2011

Mums Matter!

The Australian Private Midwives Association (APMA) has just launched an on-line campaign, called Mums Matter!