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New Zealand College of Midwives Journal

The latest paper of Journal 54 of the New Zealand College of Midwives Journal.


The paper is titled:

Recognising and responding to acutely deteriorating women in New Zealand maternity wards: A literature and environmental scan


We have also attached a research paper reflection tool designed by the Journal editorial board for midwives to use with New Zealand College of Midwives Journal papers.


Links to the paper and the reflection tool will also be available on the College website at:


We hope you enjoy reading this paper and please remember that you can search the New Zealand Midwifery Research Database for a comprehensive index of midwifery research undertaken in New Zealand:

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Developing national guidance on lactate testing for newborns

Kia ora koutou katoa


ACC is developing national risk-based guidance on the use of lactate testing to identify newborn babies at-risk of neonatal encephalopathy (NE). It has contracted Allen + Clarke to develop this guideline.


The national guideline will help health practitioners involved in the birth and care of newborns to identify babies who are at higher risk of developing NE. Identifying at-risk babies will enable appropriate management to reduce the incidence and severity of potential NE. The guideline is clinical, and population focused. It will be developed within an equity framework.


Allen + Clarke has established a multidisciplinary Expert Working Group to provide guidance to our team throughout the development of the national guidelines. The Expert Working Group includes paediatric, midwifery, obstetric and laboratory/point of care testing expertise. Our project team includes guidelines development, policy, paediatric and midwifery expertise. We will be liaising closely with professional colleges and clinical networks throughout the guidelines’ development process as well. College and network engagement opportunities include nominated members on the Expert Working Group, providing written feedback on the draft guidance (expected to be released in late 2021) and endorsing the final guidance (expected in early 2022).


We know that parents, whānau and other maternity service consumers will also be interested in this project. We would be happy to meet with groups to discuss the project scope, methodology, and timeframe. Other opportunities to provide input into this guideline development process will include providing written feedback on the draft guidance (expected to be released in late 2021). If you have any questions about the project, please contact our Project Manager, Anna Gribble on 0275 646 388 or


Ngā mihi


Anna Gribble (on behalf of the Lactate Testing Guidelines Expert Working Group and Project Team)

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Nga Manukura: Clinical Leadership Programme.... an extra cohort to commence in September to December 2021. Enrolment now open for Cohort 24!

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Please share this email with your networks.


Enrolments are open for a Ngā Manukura o Āpōpō: Clinical Leadership Programme for Māori Nurses and Midwives commencing in September 2021.


The Clinical Leadership Programme has been running since 2010 and has a strong reputation for contributing to building the leadership capacity and capability of Māori Nurses and Midwives


For participants to be eligible for the programme, they must be:

  • Māori; and

  • have  a current Annual Practising Certificate for Nursing or Midwifery; and

  • committed to positive health outcomes for Māori; and

  • committed to attending all four noho Marae; and

  • have the support of your employer (if applicable); and

  • committed to completing the programme.


Details for the programme are Nga Manukura


Enrolment form attached Enrolment Form


The remaining dates for 2021 are:


 Cohort 23: (currently full but running a waitlist)

  • Wānanga Tuatahi - 5 and 6 August 2021

  • Wānanga Tuarua - 2 and 3 September 2021

  • Wānanga Tuatoru - 30 September and 1 October 2021

  • Wānanga Tuawhā - 4 and 5 November 2021


Cohort 24: (Enrolments open now)

  • Wānanga Tuatahi - 9 and 10 September 2021

  • Wānanga Tuarua - 7 and 8 October 2021

  • Wānanga Tuatoru - 11 and 12 November 2021

  • Wānanga Tuawhā - 2 and 3 December 2021


If you are eligible, the programme costs are covered. You / your organization need to release you for the training days, contribute a small koha to the marae on the day of the powhiri as part of the  powhiri process. (e.g. $10 - $20)


The wānanga consists of 8 days (4 x 2 day wānanga) and will be at Ngā Hau e Wha Marae, Cambridge.


Participants must be able to attend all of the 4 wānanga.


Start times are 9am on the Thursday till late. Commence again at 8am on the Friday and finish at 3pm. We work through the evenings and participants have the option to stay at the marae. If you chose alternative accomodation i.e. to stay somewhere else, you are still expected to be at the marae for the whole programme and cover your own costs.


If you are interested, please send your enrolment ASAP, as there has been significant interest in the programme. 


Feel free to make contact at anytime


Nga mihi 


Tania Hodges
Managing Director

T:    (07) 858 4940 | M: (021) 897 514



Stakeholder Information Sessions


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


The Ministry of Health (The Ministry) 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. Details on the information sessions is below.

Health Information Standards Organisation (HISO 10050.2:2020) Maternity Care Summary Standard & 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 on the Ministry’s website 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.

Stakeholder Information Sessions

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.

Notification of the Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2021

Kia ora,


Please find attached:

  • a letter with notification of an intent to amend the fee schedule of Primary Maternity Services Amendment 2007,

  • the draft Primary Maternity Services Amendment Notice 2021

  • new draft Schedule 1 with amended fees.


All modules of care will receive a 1.14% increase in this fee uplift, except for the three specialist modules of care. The new fee schedule will be effective from 1 July 2021. The 1.14% fee uplift is reflective of cost pressures adjustments as determined by Labour Cost Index and Consumer Price Index for the 2021/2022 financial year.


Please note, the Ministry of Health will also gazette the new Notice 2021 later this month, with changes coming into effect later this year. Primary Maternity Services Notice 2021 sets out new terms, services and fee structures for primary maternity care providers.


We would appreciate it if you could please distribute this information to your members.


This information is also available on the Ministry's website:


If you require any further clarification please email


Ngā mihi


Mark Powell

Acting Group Manager l Community Health System Improvement and Innovation