Celebrating the Positive Impact of Nursing and Midwifery on Health Care

Celebrating the Positive Impact of Nursing and Midwifery on Health Care
This week across the Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSW LHD) International Nurses and Midwives Day is being celebrated. As part of the celebration, NNSW LHD Nursing and Midwifery Directorate are jointly hosting a Collaborative Conference with Southern Cross University (SCU) to be held on Thursday 8th May 2014 at the Ballina RSL.

Chris Crawford, Chief Executive of the NNSW LHD said,

I want to extend my thanks to our Nurses and Midwives for the excellent care they provide to our patients in hospitals and in the community.
Nurses and Midwives are an essential part of care given, not only to the patients in our hospitals but to people in the community who receive care from the Community and Allied Health Professionals who also treat patients that can be managed in their home.

They not only provide medical care and expertise but emotional support and companionship to their patients and their families and I congratulate all of them for the care they offer across the LHD, Mr Crawford said.

“This Conference is a true celebration of our Nurses and Midwives and represents just how far nursing and midwifery has evolved into a highly professional career. The Conference is filled with a vast range of topics covering Mental Health; Renal and Aboriginal Services; Reducing Patient Falls; Dementia Care; Palliative Care and End of Life Care to name just a few.” Mr Crawford said.

Annette Symes, NNSW LHD Executive Director of Nursing and Midwifery said the Nursing and Midwifery Directorate is very excited to welcome the NSW Ministry of Health Chief Health Nurse and Midwife, Adjunct Associate Professor Susan Pearce, who will be giving an opening address at the Conference.

“We are also delighted to have Susan Hendy, Director of Nursing and Midwifery, Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) and Adjunct Professor John Kelly AM, Chairperson of the NSW Ministry of Health Nursing and Midwifery Council participating in the Conference.” Ms Symes said.

Professor Iain Graham, Southern Cross University Dean of Health and Head of the School of Health and Human Sciences, said the Conference was about celebrating the positive impact of Nursing and Midwifery on health care.

It marks a celebration of how the partnership between the Nursing and Midwifery disciplines, within the School and with the Nursing and Midwifery Directorate of the NNSW LHD, has been working successfully over the past five years.

The partnership is bringing about improved patient care, better education and research activities, as well as establishing a strong leadership voice, with regards to Nursing and Midwifery on the North Coast.

This event allows us to showcase a range of impacts that Registered Nurses and Midwives are having in the provision of patient care. The attendance by two Senior Nurses and one Senior Midwife from the NSW Government at this event acknowledges the importance of this partnership between the University and the Health Service, which is leading the way with regard to change implementation in the delivery and organisation of health services in this region, Professor Graham said.

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