National Maternity Action Plan

National Maternity Action Plan

National Maternity Action Plan

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The National Maternity Action Plan (NMAP) is an Australian document prepared by maternity consumer groups to alter the way Governments fund and resource maternity services.


The plan was drafted in 2002 by Dr Barbara Vernon Dr Tracy Reibel, and Dr Sally Tracy as representatives of the Maternity Coalition. It arose out of the recognition that up to 2002, States and Territory maternity lobby groups had worked independently for change, but until they were united in seeking the same outcomes, the Federal and State Governments would not change funding methods.

The Plan was launched on 24 September 2002 simultaneously in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. The plan was launched at Parliament House in Canberra by:

The Plan was subsequently launched in Mount Gambier in South Australia and Mareeba in Queensland.


The NMAP was prepared by a broad coalition of consumer and midwifery representatives and organisations from across Australia. The NMAP outlines the rationale behind the need for major reform of maternity services, and, proposes a strategy for Federal and State/Territory governments to enable comprehensive implementation of community midwifery services in...
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