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Heads of Health in the Pacific meet April 2017

25th July 2017
Georgia Heighway

As Secretariat of the South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers Alliance, the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre at University of Sydney Technology had the opportunity to present on behalf of the Alliance at the Fifth Heads of Health meeting held in Fiji in 2017.

The Heads of Health meeting organised by SPC (Pacific Community) brings together Health Ministers from across the Pacific to discuss issues of importance for health care in their countries and the region.

One key resolution from the Heads of Health meeting was that the South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officers Alliance would be represented in all future regional Heads of Health meetings. This would occur through their attendance at the Director of Clinical Services meetings, where SPCNMOA plan to represent issues and strategies of nursing and midwifery - the largest health workforce. It was also recommended that training providers strengthen the provision of specialised nursing through curriculum reviews across the region; and that countries provide clinical nursing career pathways.


70th World Health Assembly, Geneva

18 July 2017
Georgia Heighway

From the 22-31st of May 2017, member states of the World Health Organization came together for the 70th World Health Assembly (WHA). Member states voted in a new Director General, who took office on the 1st of July 2017. The new Director General was announced to be Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a candidate who stated in his election speech that he would ‘commit to having a senior level staffing person representing the nursing community on [his] team at WHO’ during his tenure.

The World Health Organization Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development (WHO CC UTS) attended side meetings and collaborations at the WHA, represented by Professor John Daly, Dean of the Faculty of Health and Head of the WHO CC UTS and Ms Michele Rumsey, Director of WHO CC UTS. These were important events, with the purpose of advocating for the the nursing and midwifery profession on a global scale.

Member states attending the 70th WHA also discussed the potential role of WHO Collaborating Centres in strengthening nursing and midwifery worldwide. Jim Campbell of the WHO Human Resources for Health stated that the role of WHO Collaborating Centres are to ‘generate stronger evidence to justify the positive economic and social impacts of investing in the nursing and midwifery workforce, work with WHO to support member states on Nursing and Midwifery Development and to advocate/collaborate on strategic actions/initiatives’. Campbell also emphasised the importance of WHO Collaborating Centres in ensuring the successful implementation of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health.

One important agenda item for the 70th WHA was the approval of WHA Resolution 13.1, an item which was proposed by the International Council of Nurses. The document urged WHO to commit to a Five-Year action plan, and to clearly map and articulate the alignment between the recommendations of the United Nations’ High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth, and the thematic areas of the Global Strategic Directions for Strengthening Nursing and Midwifery 2016-2020 document. Resolution 13.1 also encouraged WHO, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to establish a ‘specific working group that includes key nursing stakeholders’. Another recommendation was annual reporting against the creation of 40 million new health worker jobs expected by 2030, and to monitor ‘the potential of 18m health worker shortfall’.

One important aspect of the 70th WHA was Lord Crisp’s presentation of the ‘triple impact of the development of nursing’ outlined by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health Report. The document proposes that the development of nursing worldwide will lead to ‘improved health, the promotion of gender equality and increased economic growth’ on a global scale.

Re-Designation WHOCC for Research and Clinical Training in Health Promotion Nursing

WHOCC School of Nursing, University of Michigan

By GNWHOCC Secretariat

The Global Network of WHOCC for Nursing and Midwifery Development congratulates the University of Michigan School of Nursing, for its redesignation as a WHOCC in Research and Clinical Training in Health Promotion Nursing.

We congratulate our colleagues and look forward to continue working with them!

GN WHOCC Secretariat

UTS World Health Organization Collaborating Centre elected to lead Global Network

The University of Technology Sydney WHO Collaborating Centre (WHO CC UTS) for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development UTS was elected to head the Global Network of WHO CCs for Nursing and Midwifery worldwide whose members are 44 centres across the world.

To mark the achievement, WHO CC UTS launched an exhibition showcasing its work in the region. UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs and the Hon Tanya Plibersek MP, Federal Member for Sydney, Deputy Leader of the Opposition, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Development, unveiled the exhibition at UTS which will be on display until October 2015.

“One of the best contributions that I hope Australia makes globally is to share some of the strengths of our marvellous health system with our region and globally, but also to take a little bit of time to learn from our neighbours,” said the Hon Tanya Plibersek during her speech. “I’m so pleased to see so many representatives of Pacific Islands in particular here today to learn what we can do to be a better partner and a more active global citizen, particularly when it comes to investing in health services in our region.”

In its leadership role WHO CC UTS will dedicate resources to nurturing and co-ordinating global collaborations, projects and resources involving all international partners to improve health outcomes.

The exhibition also celebrated a visit by Australia Award Fellows participating in the annual South Pacific Chief Nursing and Midwifery Officer Alliance Fellowship Program funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The 12 Fellows were from Niue, the Cook Islands, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Kiribati.

See Pictures from the Launch here.

Letter to Dr. Margaret Chan, WHO Director General

Letter sent regarding the vacancy of the Coordinator, Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery post at WHO

On May 2011 the Global Network Secretariat, on behalf of its 42 WHOCC on Nursing and Midwifery has sent a letter to Dr. Chan, WHO Director General, regarding the vacancy of the Coordinator, Health Professions, Nursing and Midwifery post at WHO. The letter can be downloaded below.

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