IMO the difference between nursing and midwifery is the difference between physiotherapy and occupational therapy or speech pathology. Or Radiography or Radiation Therapy (that was a fun program to try to explain the difference between....) The gov will eventually recognise that they are two different professions and create jobs appropriately. It's supposed to be 100% continuity of care for rural areas by the end of 2013 and areas like Goondiwindi and Dalby already have MGP models, so I believe there will be a place for nurse midwives Australia wide. I think we should all move to WA, they offer publicly funded homebirth as options within their public hospitals!!!