The National Framework for Maternity Services (NFMS) provides guidance for planning and delivery of women-centred, safe high quality health care across the maternity continuum of care, with the aim to ensure equitable access to maternity care for all women that supports optimal outcomes for a woman and her baby.
The NFMS follows on from the National Maternity Services Plan (2010-2015) with the expectation that jurisdictions will align their jurisdictional plans with the vision, values and principles to improve health outcomes and the woman’s experience through her maternity continuum of care. The NFMS sets out an overarching vision, values and underpinning principles to guide the further development of maternity services across Australia.
The consultation draft NFMS was developed following the completion of the first phase of consultation. The first phase of consultation gathered perspectives from a range of stakeholders, including health consumers as well as the medical, nursing and midwifery workforce through professional bodies including the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (RANZCOG), the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), and the Australian College of Midwives (ACM).
WHA made a submission on the NFMS on behalf of members. You can find our submission here.