ACM C&R Guidelines

The National Midwifery Guidelines for Consultation and Referral were first introduced in 2004, and are based on similar guidelines in use across other OECD countries, as well as, on a thorough review of contemporary evidence-based practice in maternity care. 

When the ACM first published these Guidelines, there was very little guidance for midwives and doctors who wanted an evidence-based framework for collaboration in the care of individual women. The development of these Guidelines has helped to bridge this gap and provide midwives with an evidence-based tool that can assist them when making decisions about when to discuss, care and/or consult with other midwives, or when to refer a woman's care to a suitably qualified health practitioner.