Midwifery regulation in Australia: a century of invisibility
Donnellan-Fernandez, Roslyn Elizabeth
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This paper examines the status of the midwifery profession in Australia, with specific reference to its legislated context under state-based nursing regulatory frameworks, past and present. It provides an historical and contemporary critique of the relationships between midwifery, the state, and medical/nursing institutionalised symbiosis and dominance. Whose interests these relationships silence, and whose they serve is examined, as is their power to influence and situate women's health and childbearing outcomes in an increasingly global and market-orientated environment.