Paid parental leave to be extended to 26 weeks by 2026

Paid parental leave will be extended to 26 weeks by 2026 under a federal government plan to give families greater choice, security and support. The current scheme gives eligible parents access to 18 weeks of paid parental leave, and two weeks of “Dad and Partner Pay” to care for a newborn. The phased six-week boost, […]

Midwives under pressure

Midwives are facing significant issues with staffing across Australia. ANMF Branches have reported unmanageable workloads in postnatal wards, poor staffing skill mix, midwives being replaced with other health practitioners, burnout, decreasing job satisfaction, moral injury and vicarious trauma. There are concerns these issues are resulting in increased intrapartum intervention, insufficient and fragmented postnatal care and […]