Online Celebration – International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife 2020

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Join La Trobe to recognise 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and the Midwife as well as celebrating the 200th Birthday of the founder of Nursing, Florence Nightingale.

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Tuesday 12 May 2020 11:00 am until Tuesday 12 May 2020 12:00 pm (Add to calendar)
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Presented by:
Professor John Dewar, Ged Kearney MP, Yanti Turang and Professor Lisa McKenna
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2020 was designated as the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife by the World Health Organization in recognition of the contributions they make, and the risks associated with nursing shortages. The World Health Organisation are urging world leaders to make massive investments in nursing and midwifery to pave the way for a brighter future for health around the world, and the current COVID-19 pandemic has brought this need into sharp focus.

Florence Nightingale’s efforts to formalize nursing education saw her establish the first scientifically based nursing school—the Nightingale School of Nursing, at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London in 1860. She was instrumental in setting up training for midwives and nurses in workhouse infirmaries and was the first woman awarded the Order of Merit in 1907. International Nurses Day, observed annually on May 12, commemorates her birth and celebrates the important role of nurses in health care. This year marks the 200th year of her birth.

Guest Speakers

Professor John Dewar AO, Vice-Chancellor La Trobe University

Ged Kearney MP, Member for Cooper

Yanti Turang, Deputy Medical Operations Manager, New Orleans, Alumni

Professor Lisa McKenna, Dean and Head of School, Nursing and Midwifery

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