Page last reviewed: 5 November 2014
MSIJC overviewMSIJC (formerly known as the National Collaboration on Maternity Services Policy), was established by the Australian Health Ministers’ Advisory Council (AHMAC) in 2004 as an information-sharing network of representatives from States and Territories with the principal objective of promoting primary maternity services.
In 2010, AHMAC delegated MSIJC with the responsibility of developing, supporting and monitoring the actions of the National Maternity Services Plan. The plan provides a strategic national framework to address the maternity services reforms initiatives identified in the 2009-10 Federal Budget.
As a working group MSIJC reports to the COAG Health Council through the Community Care and Population Health Principal Committee (CCPHPC) and AHMAC.
MembershipMembership of MSIJC consists of senior officers with maternity policy responsibility from all jurisdictions, including the Commonwealth.
The MSIJC Chair is elected from within the membership and appointed for a two year period. The role of the Chair is to work closely with the CCPHPC Secretariat and report on the activities of the MSIJC. The Chair also responds to issues as requested by the CCPHPC, AHMAC and the COAG Health Council.
The Western Australian representative, Mrs Tracy Martin, is currently the Chair of the MSIJC after being appointed in 2013.
MSIJC terms of referenceMSIJC's terms of reference were endorsed by the Community Care and Population Health Principal Committee in October 2013, following amendments to align with the requirements of AHMAC. Functions defined by the terms of reference are summarized to reflect the implementation of the National Maternity Services Plan strategies:
- Research and develop national maternity service reform projects and submit recommendations and reports to CCPHPC, AHMAC and the Standing Council on Health.
- Co-ordination and implementation of the actions of the National Maternity Services Plan.
- Facilitate inter-jurisdictional communication and information exchange to improve both consistency and outcomes relating to national maternity care services.
- Develop and provide reports on issues relating to national maternity care projects that improve the health and well being of mothers and babies in the community, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.
Meeting frequencyMSIJC meets five times per year including at least one face-to-face meeting.
PublicationsMSIJC initiates projects to address the objectives and actions of the National Maternity Services Plan. Following endorsement by AHMAC, reports and other publications are made available on the Maternity services publications page.
SecretariatThe secretariat is appointed from the same jurisdiction as the Chair for a two year period. The role of the secretariat is to work closely with the MSIJC Chair, providing advice and support in relation to committee administration and research and policy analysis. The secretariat details are as follows:
C/- Ms Andrea Johnston
Nursing and Midwifery Office
Health Department of WA
189 Royal Street
EAST PERTH WA 6004
Phone: 08 9222 2442
Email MSIJC Secretariat