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Shared Maternity Care Program

Accreditation - Becoming a GP Shared Maternity Care Affiliate at Peninsula Health

Accreditation

Online applications are currently available.

GPs wishing to become a Peninsula Health Shared Maternity Care Affiliate should contact DRule@phcn.vic.gov.au for the personal link for an application, communication and support.

We recommend that GP Shared Maternity Care affiliates hold additional qualifications in obstetric care.

GPs without these qualifications but with significant recent obstetric clinical experience can still apply to become part of the program.  Peninsula Health will usually recommend supervised antenatal clinic visits as part of the application process in these circumstances. 

Ongoing educational support will be provided to affiliates via online education sessions and by updates to Clinical Practice Guidelines found on the GP Liaison Shared Maternity Care Guidelines page.

  • Cross accreditation 

GPs who participate in other shared maternity care programs will have this taken into consideration when applying.

Reaccreditation - continuing medical education, supervised clinic sessions, cross accreditation facility

Reaccreditation

Reaccreditation of all Shared Maternity Care Affiliates is a triennial process and currently involves at least 5 hours CPD points (from activities directly relating to pregnancy care, pre-pregnancy care, postnatal period and neonatal care over three years) and notification of indemnity insurance. This process is reviewed prior to each triennium.

The new triennium will start in January 2023, those wishing to re-accredit will receive an email in late October early November explaining what you need to do

  • Continuing medical education

Peninsula Health usually provides local educational meetings that attract the required CPD points. These sessions will be provided online.

  • Supervised Antenatal Clinic sessions

This is no longer required as part of the reaccreditation process but can be offered as part of ongoing education if desired when the clinic is able to provide it.

  • Cross accreditation 

GPs who participate in other shared maternity care programs and activities may have these activities acknowledged as substitution for some of the Peninsula Health triennial requirements.

Peninsula Health Shared Maternity Care Program Committee

The Shared Maternity Care Committee meets monthly.

Purpose/Functions

The purpose of the Peninsula Health Shared Maternity Care Program Committee is to oversee the running of the program. The committee will have direct responsibility over the following functions,

  • Approval/rejection of Shared Maternity Care Affiliate (SMCA) accreditation/re-accreditation applications
  • Running of the SMC program
  • Delivering educational and networking opportunities for SMCA

Affiliates can contact the committee via the GP Liaison Unit.

Comments and/or complaints about the program are welcome, but should also be directly reported to the appropriate department within Peninsula Health.

Accredited Shared Maternity Care GPs- 2020-2022 triennium

Education Events

 

External Events