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Personal Complaint

In which the complainant seeks to have a matter investigated and addressed so as to bring about a change to their personal situation. This would include, for example, matters such as governance related to accreditation, staffing and equipment and opportunities to meet the learning objectives.

ANMAC, (2018) Complaints Policy

Retrieved from: https://www.anmac.org.au/standards-and-review/policies-and-explanatory-notes

Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS)

Run by the Australian Government to subsidise prescription medicines for Australians who have a Medicare card. If a medicine is subsidised under the scheme, the patient pays a lower price for the medicine, and the Australian Government pays the rest.

Pharmacodynamics

Study of the biochemical and physiological effects of drugs and the mechanisms of their action in the body.

Pharmacokinetics

Study of the bodily absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion of drugs.

Pharmacotherapeutics

Study of the therapeutic uses and effects of drugs.

Practice

Any role, whether remunerated or not, in which the individual uses their skills and knowledge as a practitioner in their regulated health profession. Practice is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care. It also includes using professional knowledge in a direct non-clinical relationship with patients or clients, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles and any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of health services in the health profession.

Practice (midwifery)

Means any role, whether remunerated or not, in which the individual uses their skills and knowledge as a midwife. Practice is not restricted to the provision of direct clinical care. It also includes working in a nonclinical relationship with women, working in management, administration, education, research, advisory, regulatory or policy development roles, and any other roles that impact on safe, effective delivery of services in the profession and/or use their professional skills.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2018) Code of conduct for midwives

Retrieved from https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Pro...

Prescribing

Steps of information gathering, clinical decision making, communication and evaluation which results in the initiation, continuation or cessation of a medicine.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2014) Nurse practitioner standards for practice                

Retrieved from https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Pro...

Primary health care principles

Universal access to care and coverage on the basis of need, commitment to health equity as part of development oriented to social justice, community participation in defining and implementing health agendas, and intersectoral approaches to health (World Health Organisation, 2003). Primary health care in midwifery involves a woman centred and holistic approach to care that is made accessible by being provided as close as possible to where the woman lives and supports the woman’s full participation in care.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2018) Midwife standards for practice           

Retrieved from https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines-Statements/Pro...

Primary language

Language primarily used for reading, writing, listening, and speaking and the language known best and most comfortable with.

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia (2015) English language skills registration standard

Retrieved from https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Standards/English-lan...

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