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James Cook University Hosts the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery

James Cook University (JCU) and the WHO Collaborating Centres (WHOCC) for Nursing and Midwifery will be hosting the 12th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery from 17-20 July 2018 in Cairns, Australia.

Every two years the nurses, midwives and related health professionals meet to provide most updated knowledge and skills, share best practices and discuss the challenges which globally affect nursing and midwifery. Nurses and midwives account for the largest proportion of the global health workforce and, as such, are in an excellent position to lead positive change. Collectively these efforts and work can make a big difference to the lives of individuals, communities and nations.

The theme for the conference is “Universal Health Care: SDGs are Everyone’s Business.” 46 WHO CCs for Nursing and Midwifery and delegates from 35 countries will be attending the global conference to talk on the issues of:
• SDGs and Nursing Innovations;
• SDGs and Midwifery Innovations;
• SDGs and Health Education; and
• Technologies or innovations that improve Universal Health Care / help support the SDGs.

This year’s conference will feature some of the top notch speakers from around the globe. Headlining these is the newly appointed Chief Nurse for the World Health Organisation (WHO), Mrs Elizabeth Iro, the former Secretary for Cook Islands Ministry of Health.

Joining her will be Assistant Professor Dr Teresa Brockie from Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing, Emeritus Professor John Daly, the Dean of the Faculty of Health and Head at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Dr Leslie Mancuso, President and CEO of Jhpiego, Johns Hopkins University, Adjunct Professor Debra Thoms, Australian Government’s Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer, Professor John Thwaites from Monash University and Professor Maxine Whittaker from the College of Public Health, Medical and Veterinary Sciences, at James Cook University.

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The Director for WHO CC for nursing and midwifery, Associate Professor Caryn West explained the event: “From the 200 abstracts, seventy seven oral presentations and sixty posters will be presented at the two day conference. It’s not just universities that will be participating but any nurse or midwife that would like to attend.” JCU invites nursing and midwifery leaders along with multidisciplinary health experts and senior policy-makers from ministries of health.

By collaborating with universities, leaders, and stakeholders, the biennium global conference plays a pivotal role in re-vitalizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). Nurses and midwives are on the front line of service delivery and account for nearly 50% of the global health workforce.

Mohammed Aruf Yasin, the Technical Officer for Pacific Open Learning Health Net (POLHN), will be presenting how e-learning paves way for remote nurses and improves health care. “It’s important to share mechanism that will enable and empower Pacific nurses to positively contribute towards improving health outcome,” he explains. “We believe no nurse should be required to pay for education in order to provide better healthcare to the patient.”

“For all health staff this is an opportunity to find out what is being done, make connections, share ideas, and find out what you might be able to do to help create a healthier, safer and more equitable world,” said Professor Caryn.

“We believe everyone can play a part – big or small – in ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages and ensuring the Sustainable Development Goal can be achieved,” she continued.

To find out more about the 12th Biennial Conference of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery

To view the program:

For those who are interested, registrations are still open


For more information, contact Mr Mohammed Yasin:

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