Midwifery Employee Representation & Advisory Service
MERAS was established in 2002 as a separate but associated organisation of the New Zealand College of Midwives. That is why MERAS members are also members of the College. Around 90% of midwives employed by DHBs and non-DHB maternity units belong to MERAS. MERAS represents members in their employment issues, negotiates Collective Agreements, and supports the professional needs of employed midwives.
MERAS Co-Leader Jill Ovens spoke to The Project on 17 February about the need to improve the critical shortage of midwives in New Zealand. https://meras.midwife.org.nz/wp-content/uploads/sites/4/2021/02/Jill-Ovens-The-Project-21-Feb-2021.mp4
MERAS is now a signatory to the highest level engagement between CTU unions, the Ministry of Health, Minister of Health, and DHBs CEs, GMsHR and Chairs. The Minister of Health Hon Andrew Little and senior…