‘Transforming Practice’ the focus at Innovation Forum

‘Transforming Practice’ the focus at Innovation Forum

This year’s annual Nursing and Midwifery Innovation Forum will showcase best-practice innovations in person-centred care developed by nurses and midwives across the Northern NSW Local Health District.

The forum will focus on ‘transforming practice for our patients’, with the keynote address being given by NSW Health’s Deputy Secretary, Susan Pearce.

Ms Pearce’s address will focus on the role of nursing and midwifery in improving patient experience.

“Nurses and midwives contribute so much to our health system. They are there 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, caring for our patients, and I look forward to discussing how they can continue to lead the way in improving the experience of our patients and their carers,” Ms Pearce said.

As well as sharing the achievements and innovations of our nurses and midwives, the event is also a platform for celebrating their great work, with the annual NNSWLHD Excellence in Nursing and Midwifery Awards ceremony held after the forum.

“This is our flagship event on the Northern NSW Nursing and Midwifery Service calendar, providing an opportunity for us to acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of our nurses and midwives across Northern NSW,” Director Nursing, Midwifery and Aboriginal Health, Katharine Duffy, said.

“This year is particularly exciting with a new consumer appreciation award being given.

“This award recognises a nurse or midwife who has demonstrated outstanding person-centred care, with the nominees put forward by members of the community.”
Other speakers at the Forum include:

  • Karen Kumar, Partner at Hicksons Lawyers, presenting on the technological advances in clinical documentation.
  • Adjunct Professor Katharine Duffy, Director, Nursing, Midwifery and Aboriginal Health, Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWLHD)
  • Wayne Jones, Chief Executive NNSW LHD.

The forum will coincide with celebrations for International Day of the Midwife, which was on 5 May, and International Nurses Day on 12 May.

The NSW Government has committed to the largest Australian healthcare workforce boost with an extra 5000 nurses and midwives across regional and metropolitan areas over four years, as part of a $2.8 billion investment in frontline staff.NSW now employs a record 51,890 nurses and midwives, and this year a record 2500 graduate nurses and midwives began their careers at 130 hospitals and health services.

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