The theme of this 11th Biennial Conference is ‘Strategic Conversations: The contribution of Nursing & Midwifery towards Global Health’. GCU Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Pamela Gillies CBE FRSE will give the welcome address.

Health has a central place in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030; to ensure healthy lives and promoting wellbeing for all at all ages.

GCU’s Department of Nursing and Community Health is a member of the Global Network of WHO Collaborating Centres for Nursing and Midwifery Development, comprising of Collaborating Centres from the six regions of WHO.

Led by Professor Kay Currie, GCU’s work in this area includes identifying models of good nursing and midwifery practice, research to support evidence-informed decision making, strengthening nursing education at national, regional and global levels, and adopting best practice approaches.

Keynote speakers will focus on current global health challenges and the WHO strategic responses, including Dr Jim Campbell, Director of the World Health Organization’s Health Workforce Department and Executive Director, Global Health Workforce Alliance; Professor John Daly, Secretary General of the Global Network WHO Collaborating Centres; Professor Jim Buchan, Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, and Associate at the WHO European Observatory on Health Systems, and a Professor at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh; and Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, Professor of Nursing Policy at Kings College London.

Delegates will debate the directions and challenges midwives and nurses will face between now and 2030. Subjects being explored at the conference include innovation in nursing and midwifery practice towards health for all; the contribution of research and evidence-based practice to health care; international approaches to transforming nursing and midwifery education; and midwifery developments.

Professor Currie said: “GCU has been a WHO Collaborating Centre for nursing and midwifery since 1993 and we are delighted to be hosting this major international conference. We have delegates registered from over 21 countries from around the world and this interactive conference presents an excellent opportunity for nursing and midwifery leaders to engage in discussion and debate on how we can influence the direction of global health development.”

Michele Rumsey, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney, which is Secretariat of the Global Network, said: “By 2030 we will need 40 million new health workers to meet population health needs. This conference and support meetings are crucial for the strategic conversations required to address workforce 2030, SDGs and universal health coverage.”

The conference will start with an Opening Ceremony on July 27 and close on July 29. Visit the website for further information and to register.



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