Ms Machelle Sheldrick – Stage 2 - Midwifery registration cancelled and prohibition orders imposed

13 Feb 2017

On 11 August 2016 the New South Wales Civil and Administrative Tribunal (“the Tribunal”) found that Ms Machelle Sheldrick, a registered home birth midwife, had engaged in professional misconduct in the course of two home births that took place two years apart in 2012 and 2014.  The details of the decision are set out in the stage 1 media release

On 10 February 2017 the Tribunal handed down its second stage decision on protective orders. The Tribunal cancelled Ms Sheldrick’s registration in midwifery and ordered that she may not reapply for registration for a period of at least 16 months.  The Tribunal also prohibited Ms Sheldrick, unless and until her midwifery registration is restored, from providing as an unregistered practitioner, any of following health services:

  • a doula;
  • a birth attendant;
  • working in any pregnancy-related role;
  • working in any birth-related role; and
  • working in any other ante-or post-natal role, including education or preparation for birth.

Decision

In summary the Tribunal had serious concerns about Ms Sheldrick’s professional  judgment.  It noted misgivings about Ms Sheldrick’s ability to understand, distil and communicate information about risk, and to authoritatively make recommendations for care in circumstances where such risks are compounding or escalating.


Further Information

The full decision is available at NSW Caselaw

For further information, contact the Executive Officer of the Health Care Complaints Commission, on 9219 7444 or send an email to media@hccc.nsw.gov.au.

The information in this media release is correct at the time of publication. Orders may change; for example, conditions may no longer apply. For current information regarding the status of a registered health practitioner, including any conditions that currently apply, please check the National Register at www.ahpra.gov.au.